Zoom meeting:   Update on current BCHD activities and plans
Oct 19, 2022 12:25 PM
Tom Bakaly, CEO , Beach Cities Health District
Zoom meeting: Update on current BCHD activities and plans

Tom Bakaly

Chief Executive Officer, Beach Cities Health District

Tom Bakaly is Chief Executive Officer of Beach Cities Health District, where he has served since November 2016. In his
role, Bakaly provides strategic leadership and direction to all functions of one of the nation’s largest preventative health
agencies and manages $90 million in assets, 170 employees and 1,000 volunteers.

Prior to joining Beach Cities Health District (BCHD), Bakaly was City Manager of Hermosa Beach. During his four-year
tenure (2012-2016), he worked in close partnership with BCHD on several influential community health initiatives,
including the nationally acclaimed Blue Zones Project. He was also instrumental in helping BCHD introduce mindfulness
to help manage stress in the Hermosa Beach community. Other notable accomplishments included serving as a city
ambassador to the U.S. Surgeon General during his 2016 visit; overseeing the City of Hermosa Beach’s 2016 adoption of
comprehensive smoke-free policies; and guiding Hermosa Beach’s 2012 implementation of the nation’s second strongest
“Complete Streets” policy in support of healthy transportation.

As City Manager of Hermosa Beach, Bakaly was entrusted with managing the municipality’s $40 million budget and 135
employees. Under his leadership, the city successfully designed and implemented financial strategies aimed at creating
transparency that recently resulted in its first AA+ bond rating from Standard and Poor’s. Bakaly also led the community
through a trade-off discussion as they considered an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for a large private oil project.
Before starting his tenure in Hermosa Beach, Bakaly worked as City Manager and Finance Manager/Director of Capital
Programs for Park City, Utah, where he managed more than 450 employees and a $45 million budget and assisted with the
capital planning and operational execution of the 2002 Winter Olympics and multiple Sundance Film Festivals.

Bakaly is a graduate of University of Southern California, where he earned a master’s degree in public administration with
a specialization in public financial management.