Scott P. Johnson, CPA

Partner, State & Local Government
Advisory Services LeaderScott P. Johnson, CPA and Accountant in Walnut Creek, California, USA / World

Scott is the new lead partner for MGO’s State and Local Government Advisory Services. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise to MGO. Prior to joining MGO, Scott’s career has spanned over 29 years of high level organizational management and leadership experience. He has led multi-billion dollar operations for local government agencies in various capacities. For example, Scott has served as the Assistant City Manager (City of Concord), Assistant City Administrator (City of Oakland), Director of Finance (cities of San Jose and Milpitas), Controller/Treasurer (County of Santa Clara) and Assistant Finance Director (City of Santa Clara). Scott is nationally recognized as a leader in managing municipal finances, investments, debt, and budgets. He and his team have received numerous state and national awards for excellence. Scott is a CPA and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). He has also served on statewide boards and is a Past President of the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO). He is also a member of numerous national and state associations.

In the area of Medical Marijuana, Scott led the effort in the City of San Jose to implement a marijuana business tax; including drafting a ballot measure, developing an outreach and training program for medical marijuana businesses; working with the police and planning departments and the City Attorney’s office on regulations and enforcement; and developing an audit program to audit compliance of medical marijuana dispensaries on state and local medical marijuana laws.

In his new role, Scott will work directly with senior government leaders to gather intelligence on the challenges and opportunities facing public entities in the coming decade – with the aim of creating a government ‘center of excellence’ that identifies and develops solutions and best practices in public sector operations.

Industries Served

State and Local Government


California State University-Hayward School of Business & Economics
Bachelor of Science (BA), Business Accounting
Activities and Societies: Accounting Association; CSEB Alumni Association
California Certified Public Accountant
Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

Professional Affiliations and Leadership

Government Finance Officers Association of the US and Canada (GFOA)
California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (President 2011) and Board member
California Municipal Treasurers Association (CMTA)
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
Municipal Treasurers Association of the US and Canada (MTA)
Association of Government Accountants (AGA)
Advisory Board Member, Jacob’s Heart – Children’s Cancer Association