Arroyo Associates, Inc.
Building Partnerships for Excellence

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We assist cities, counties, schools, special districts, non-profits, inter-jurisdictional organizations, and state and federal agencies to identify opportunities to operate most effectively, efficiently, and economically.

This is achieved by recommending ways to raise revenues, minimize costs, increase productivity, improve service levels, streamline practices and procedures, enhance internal controls, provide cost-effective management and staff services, among other improvement strategies.


Arroyo Associates was founded in 1990 as a registered corporation and a certified small business enterprise in the State of California by former principals with major international consulting firms.

For the past 35 years, Arroyo Associates has built a reputation on delivering to our clients a high level of customer service and providing technical analysis that has resulted in significant operational improvement and organizational renewal.


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We are committed to providing value-added management consulting services to cities, counties, schools, special districts, non-profits, interjurisdictional organizations, and state and federal agencies throughout the United States. 

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Nicholas T. Conway

Nicholas is the President and Founder of Arroyo Associates, Inc. Mr. Conway possesses over forty years of management and management consulting experience in the government/public sector, and has conducted numerous studies for school districts, cities, counties and other organizations, analyzing their key business functions. Prior to joining Arroyo Associates, Mr. Conway was a principal with Arthur Young & Company (which merged with Ernst & Whinney to become the current Ernst & Young), where he directed the local government consulting practice in the firm’s Los Angeles office, responsible for study engagements throughout the West Coast.



M.P.A. in Municipal Finance

B.A., Film & Music, 1994

Activities & Affiliations

• ABCD Bar Association, Member
• IP Law for Creatives Association, Member-at-Large

Bar Admissions

• New York, Tennessee, California




Grace Eng Nadel

Grace is the Managing Principal and a Senior Consultant with Arroyo Associates. Dr. Nadel holds a Professional Doctorate in Policy, Planning, and Development where she specialized in the leadership development and management of public agencies. Dr. Nadel is skilled in strategic planning and building collaborative governance with between departments and local agencies. Her analytical experience includes an evaluation of a regional implementation of a transit technology program, financial budgeting and forecasting, organizational development, performance/service level benchmarking, program evaluation, and implementation planning. In addition to experience as a Senior Manager in the City of Culver City’s Transportation Department she has conducted management consulting services for the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, the Orange County Fire Authority, and the Community Development Department for the City of Irvine, and the Planning Services Department for the City of San Clemente. Dr. Nadel holds her Doctorate degree and a Masters of Planning from the University of Southern California as well as a B.A. from Yale University.



Juris Doctor, 1999

B.A., Economics, 1995

Activities & Affiliations

• ABCD Bar Association, Member
• Constitutional Conservation, Member

Bar Admissions

• New York, Illinois, California




Charles S. Brobeck

Charles is a Senior Consultant and specializes in the analysis of law enforcement operations, management and leadership. Mr. Brobeck is the former Chief of Police for the City of Irvine – a position he held for 10 years. Prior to Irvine, he served as the Chief of Police for the City of Novato, in Marin County. In addition to serving as a Special Advisor to the Director of the State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Mr. Brobeck was appointed by then Governor Pete Wilson as a member of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). After retiring from law enforcement with 38 years of service, he joined Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), State and Local Solutions and served as their Director of Western Operations for Photo Enforcement.

Mr. Brobeck currently serves as a member of the POST Advisory Committee, which serves as the POST Commission's “sounding board” by providing a two-way link between the Commission and organizations that share an interest in the Commission's work. He also serves as a regular presenter in the POST Executive Development Course for senior-level law enforcement personnel; the course provides training on a variety of topics associated with organizational dynamics and development, personal and group leadership, and communication skills. Mr. Brobeck has served as a lead consultant on a number of analytical studies, including those of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Kern County Sheriff's Department. Mr. Brobeck holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Public Administration from Golden Gate University. He is also a graduate of the FBI's National Academy and the Law Enforcement Executive Development Program.



Juris Doctor, 2002

B.A., Art History, 1999

Activities & Affiliations

• ABCD Bar Association, Member

Bar Admissions

• New York, California