Helen Robbins-Meyer

Helen N. Robbins-Meyer is the first woman appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the County of San Diego. She manages a workforce of more than 16,000 employees in more than 40 departments with an annual budget of $5 billion.

Previously, she served as the Assistant CAO. Her priorities included promoting excellent customer service, continuous measurable improvement and technology innovations. Her efforts led to San Diego being named one of the four best-run counties in the nation by Governing Magazine.

Ms. Robbins-Meyer helped develop the County’s General Management System (GMS), which guides its operations and maintains a structurally-balanced budget, prudent reserves and top bond ratings.

During her tenure as Chair of the Information Technology Management Committee, Ms. Robbins-Meyer oversaw implementation of the largest County outsourcing effort to date: an aggressive plan that contracted out computer and telephone services and implemented new resource planning systems.

Ms. Robbins-Meyer joined the County in 1997 as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for the Community Services Group. She led the first managed competition process in which Fleet employees reengineered their operations, saving taxpayers $1.6 million.

Previously she served a 15-year tenure at TRW with roles in finance, contract and administrative management.

Ms. Robbins-Meyer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the College of William and Mary. She resides in North County with her husband and four children.