Prior to joining San Diego Unified, Dobbs served as assistant superintendent, business and chief finance, operations and technology officer at the 21,000-student Hayward Unified School District in Northern California.
As Hayward Unified’s CFO/COO/CTO, he advised the Superintendent and Board on all matters pertaining to district business, operations, technology and related services. His areas of oversight included accounting, finance, budgeting, payroll, operations, maintenance/grounds, custodial, purchasing, technology, transportation, child nutrition, strategic and risk management, warehousing, government relations, and facilities/construction management.
In addition, Dobbs led a community based information and education forum, the Fiscal Integrity and Transparency Advisory Group, and created the “Fiscal Solvency Solution Strategies” model that is being implemented successfully across California districts.
Dobbs’ introduction of new technology, policies, procedures and political networks, brought both national and state recognition to Hayward Unified, and propelled the district to a higher level of performance in student services. He also developed the C.H.A.N.G.E. (Comprehensive Hands-on Approach to Necessary Gains in Efficiency) methodology that has been deployed to restore confidence in public education within California and New Jersey schools.
Dobbs is a retired US Navy Commander who in his final assignment at Naval Air Force supported the global operations and business management of over 200,000 personnel, 3,800 aircraft, 11 aircraft carriers, 29 air stations and the execution of an annual budget of over $40 billion dollars. His management strategies in process improvements significantly increased mission readiness and resulted in an operating savings of over $1.8 billion in 18 months.
He has a distinguished list of business and military accolades. In July 2008, he was recognized in a Pentagon-sponsored ceremony as the Military Logistics / Business Officer of the Year rated as the top maritime officers. He also received the MIT Sloan School of Management, IDIQ Pioneer Award for Information and Data Quality Engineering.
Dobbs was stationed in Coronado while in the military. During that time, he was involved in various youth development and civic organizations, including the San Diego Urban League Diversity Advisory Council.