About Us

In 2009, six colleagues,  combined their experience and skills to form a new consulting firm with the intention to provide cities, counties and government agencies with professional strategic services. The result was Municipal Resource Group, founded on a shared commitment to create for clients innovative and transformational solutions to leadership, governance, human resource, financial management and other complex organizational challenges.

The six member group  grew as the firm affiliated with top retired public-sector executives and leading subject matter experts with decades of experience who wanted to serve organizations in both the public and private sectors. In 2014, Municipal Resource Group made a quantum leap to a full-service professional firm of 27 consultants, as cities and counties recovering from the Great Recession reached out for organizational assistance in strategic planning and assessing the current status of their workforces.

Municipal Resource Group rebranded in 2018, changing its name to MRG to reflect the firm’s evolution to include private-sector entities among its more than 250 clients. From healthcare to high tech, retail to regulatory, MRG’s team of more than 60 affiliated consultants offer their clients an ever-broadening range of expertise.

As we enter the 2020’s, MRG has launched a new office in the Los Angeles region.  Although MRG has long been working with clients in Southern California, we are broadening our team to include some of the most talented consultants in the region  to be more available to the needs of Southern California. All  the services that MRG is known for are now readily available in the Los Angeles area, including staffing strategies, coaching for performance and remediation, employee relations and performance management, labor relations, and investigations, among other services.

The rebranding builds on MRG’s track record of success.

MRG has consolidated its practice areas into a set of seven core services:

  • Leadership Development and Strategic Services
  • Project Management and Organizational Audits
  • Workplace Investigations
  • Training, Coaching and Staff Development
  • Chief Executive Officer Evaluations
  • City Council and Board Governance
  • Financial Management and Fiscal Sustainability

MRG has invested in long-term partnerships with some of the most capable and knowledgeable practices in areas related to our core services.  Through these partnerships, MRG hopes to offer its clients a greater depth of solutions to the challenges they face.  Whether MRG teams with these practitioners or refers out to them, clients can be assured of great quality and customized solutions that are transformational, achievable, and with practical steps towards implementation.

Some of these partnerships include:
 Claire Laughlin Online:  MRG consultant, Claire Laughlin, has developed her online training space to include: Leadership development, facilitation skills to enhance engagement for mid-level managers, self-management skills that lead to higher personal effectiveness, and teaching trainers.  Claire’s hallmark programs “Coaching For Excellence” and “Building a High Trust Workplace” both have an online presence here in addition to great programs like “BeAnAmazingTrainer” and the “Leadership Book Club”.

Association of California Water Agencies:  MRG has partnered with ACWA to provide its knowledge and expertise to the specific challenges of water districts and hydropower agencies.  MRG has worked with some of the most prominent agencies in California to bring about transformational change in all areas of the business of water delivery. Whether you are a part of a large urban water utility or a small, rural reclamation district, MRG has the tools you need to meet the challenges of today.

Our Commitment to Clients:


“Your steady, results-oriented approach brought us to a resolution in a year of unprecedented change for our organization.”

Curt Aikens
Former General Manager
Yuba County Water Agency


“The quality of work produced by MRG is first class. Their competent ability to work through challenging HR issues in a timely manner is second only to their client service.”

Former County Administrator


“Their consultants have extensive experience and have always delivered exceptional professional services. ”

Jim Estep
Former Lincoln City Manager


“We would highly recommend MRG to anyone needing independent analytical work product that is accurate, reliable and timely.”

Jim Estep
Former Lincoln City Manager



“[MRG provides] a comprehensive approach and innovative solutions to resolve workplace disputes. Employers – both public and private – can benefit from MRG’s practical and skilled conflict resolution services.”

Deborah Maddux
Van Dermyden Maddux Law Corporation