Biography of
Shari L. Freidenrich, CPA

Meet your Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari L. Freidenrich

Shari was elected as Orange County’s Treasurer-Tax Collector in November 2010 and re-elected in 2014. She is responsible for overseeing the County of Orange’s $8 billion investment pool and serves as a trustee for the $12 billion Orange County Employee Retirement System. Shari is also a member of the Audit Oversight Committee, the Public Financing Advisory Committee, and the Deferred Compensation Committee. Shari also serves on the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Measure F Citizens Oversight Committee.

Prior to her service with the County of Orange, Shari was elected as the City of Huntington Beach Treasurer from 1996 to 2010. Prior to that, Shari was a Controller for McDonnell Douglas Travel Company (now Boeing Travel Company). She also worked for McDonnell Douglas Corporation as an Auditing Specialist. She started her career with Deloitte & Touche, an international accounting firm.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Washington State University in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting and graduated summa cum laude. Shari is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) as well as a Certified California Municipal Treasurer (CCMT), a Certified Public Finance Administrator (CPFA), a Certified Public Finance Investment Manager (CPFIM), and an Advanced Certified Public Finance Investment Manager (ACPFIM). She is a Past President for the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada, is also a Past President of the California Municipal Treasurer’s Association and is currently on the Board of Directors for the California Association of County Treasurers and Tax Collectors. Shari was elected to the Board of Governor’s for the Washington State University Foundation in 2014 and is currently serving as the Chair of the Audit Committee.

In 2016, Shari was listed on the Inaugural "OC 500” list compiled by the Orange County Business Journal in the civic leaders’ category. CLICK HERE to view the press release. Shari also won the Public Sector Local Leadership Award “Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet” by the Orange County Business Council. CLICK HERE to view OCBC article.