Ted Gaebler has been changing governments for more than 40 years.

Mr. Gaebler is the co-author of the book “Reinventing Government,” which became an international bestseller about transforming governments from outdated, bureaucratic organizations, to flexible, customer-focused organizations. He has testified before congressional and state government committees advocating reinventing concepts. He has advised top-level administrative and elected officials at all levels of government in 59 countries.

Making governments better—not “just managing”—has consistently motivated Mr. Gaebler. Through his roles as City Manager, County Executive Officer, teacher, and mentor, he has been acknowledged as a revolutionary “reinventor,” and “public entrepreneur,” changing governments peacefully from the inside out.

Currently, Mr. Gaebler is the City Manager of Rancho Cordova, California. Because of his previous managerial successes, Ted was hired to be the City’s first City Manager in 2003. Now, in its ninth year under Ted’s innovative leadership, the City has accomplished much. It has had nine surpluses in nine years, providing the residents of Rancho Cordova an unexpectedly robust and positive financial picture.

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