Senior Staff Biographies

Genevieve V. Jopanda – Chief of Staff

Genevieve V. Jopanda, 41, serves as Chief of Staff to Treasurer Fiona Ma. She brings to the State Treasurer’s Office almost 20 years of business operations experience with expertise in leadership and organizational development with success in developing and implementing methodologies to strengthen and maintain the overall health of the organizations she has worked for.

Her previous positions of Customer Service Training Supervisor for the San Francisco Chronicle, South Bay Operations Director for the Hertz Corporation managing 7 off airport locations leading the lowest performing region to be the 8th most profitable region in the nation, Northern California General Manager for  Zipcar, Inc. leading the most competitive region in the United States to profitability, Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce as its Programs, Events, and Marketing Director, and as the first Executive Director of San Francisco B Free Campaign public health awareness program leading the largest and most aggressive Hep B screening project in the country funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control have all developed her tool box in Lean Management, Capacity Building, and Human Relations.

Genevieve started her political career as a District Liaison to Speaker Pro Tempore Fiona Ma in 2010 serving as liaison to Northern San Mateo County. She has served on the Daly City Parks and Recreation Commission and is a founding member & former National Co-Chair of KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress. She is most recently the Chair Emeritus of the Filipino American Caucus of the California Democratic Party and is also a recipient of the Filipina Women’s Network Global 100 Most Influential Filipina Award.

Genevieve has been feeding her passion for community advocacy at a very young age and continues to do so by volunteering with focus on Anti Domestic Violence awareness, Filipino WWII Veterans advocacy, and mentoring at risk youth through college-career transitioning.

She is a proud aunt of 7 nieces and 2 nephews and was born and raised in San Francisco Bay Area.


Tim Schaefer – Deputy Treasurer, Public Finance

Tim Schaefer, 71, serves as Deputy Treasurer for Public Finance. Schaefer served in the prior Treasurer’s Office in the same role. He also founded an Orange County-based public finance advisory firm after serving as president at a similar firm in Southern California and was a regional vice president with a national financial advisory practice.  As a consultant, Schaefer was often called upon to assist the State with the structuring and sale of complex cash flow borrowings, the largest of which exceeded $10 billion.  He began his 50-plus year career as a municipal bond salesman, syndicate manager, and secondary market trader. He managed the national short-term municipal trading desk at Chemical Bank in New York and the Public Finance Division of Bank of America.

Tim served more than twenty years on the Technical Assistance Committee to the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission (chaired by the California Treasurer) and three years as a private sector advisor to the Standing Committee on Governmental Debt of the Government Finance Officers Association. 

He is a co-author of the California Public Funds Investment Primer and is a frequent speaker in the field of public finance. 

Schaefer is a registered Democrat and resides in Sacramento.


Audrey Noda – Deputy Treasurer, Health & Education

Audrey Noda serves as the Deputy Treasurer for Health and Education. As part of the Executive Team under the prior Administration, she was the Director of Business Development and External Affairs.  She worked to advance and launch the Treasurer’s office core programs and initiatives and built partnerships with local governments and statewide networks with business organizations and stakeholder groups. 

Ms. Noda has over 25 years of experience working in government and external affairs and is deeply committed to public service.  Prior to serving in the Treasurer’s office, she was the Deputy Chief of Staff/Assistant Deputy Controller to California State Controller John Chiang and Chief Deputy at the Board of Equalization. She was an appointee under Governor Gray Davis Administration serving as Deputy Appointments Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Legislation and Executive Director to the Commission on Infrastructure at the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.

She is an advocate for women’s issues and was past president of the Asian Pacific Women’s Network and co-founder of the Asian Pacific Women’s Center, a transitional housing center for survivors of domestic violence.

Ms. Noda is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.