Severin Campbell is a Principal with extensive experience in local government budget analysis, policy and legislative analysis, and performance auditing. Ms. Campbell manages the Budget and Legislative Analyst contract for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and serves as a principal/project manager on numerous performance audits and special studies for other local government clients, including the city of Sacramento, the city of Los Angeles, the Port of Los Angeles, and the Beverly Hills Unified School District. Prior to joining HMR, Ms. Campbell worked as a registered nurse and as a field representative for the Service Employees International Union. Ms. Campbell earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California at Berkeley.


Ms. Campbell brings analytical skills and 16 years of experience in local government to each project. Recent projects include:

  • Budget Analysis: As manager of the Budget and Legislative Analyst contract, Ms. Campbell provides general management oversight to the review of San Francisco’s annual budget of approximately $8 billion on behalf of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. This review includes a detailed line item analysis of 35 City department budgets with recommendations for budget amendments to the Board of Supervisors..
  • Legislative Analysis: Under the San Francisco Administrative Code, the Budget and Legislative Analyst analyzes and reports on all legislation considered by the Board of Supervisors that has fiscal impact. Ms. Campbell oversees the legislative analysis process, reviews and approves all reports analyzing the fiscal impact of legislation, conducts weekly briefings on the reports to members of the Board, and attends all Budget and Finance Committee and Board of Supervisors meetings.
  • Policy Analysis: Ms. Campbell manages various special studies and policy analyses requested by members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Examples of recent reports include analyses of the: costs to the city of homelessness; comparative costs of supportive housing by type of program; number of jail beds necessary to replace the existing jail; costs to the City to host Super Bowl 50 events; policy proposals to require retrofit of apartment buildings with fire sprinklers; and policy proposals to improve senior nutrition programs and increase senior pedestrian safety.
  • Performance audits: Ms. Campbell has managed performance audits for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and other local governments. Recent audits include: San Francisco’s services to seniors; San Francisco’s services to the homeless; the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department’s workers compensation and the impact on overtime; the San Francisco Fire Department’s emergency medical services, overtime use, recruitment of uniform members, and oversight of administrative functions; implementation of Public Safety Realignment; management of the San Francisco Housing Authority; affordable housing policies and programs, and the Municipal Transportation Agency’s governance and overtime.

  • Homeless Services: Special Study of the Costs of Homeless Before and After Entering Supportive Housing; Performance Audit of San Francisco’s Service to the Homeless; Special Study of the Cost of Enforcing Quality of Life Violations Committed by the Homeless
  • Senior Services: Performance Audit of San Francisco’s Services to Seniors; Special Study of Senior Nutrition Programs; Special Study of Senior Pedestrian Safety
  • Special Study of the Costs to San Francisco to Host Super Bowl 50 Events
  • Housing: Performance Audits of the City of Sacramento Housing Authority and San Francisco Housing Authority; Performance Audit of the City of San Francisco’s Affordable Housing Policies
  • Performance Audit of the Beverly Hills Unified School District Proposition 39 Capital Program
  • Performance Audit of the Port of Los Angeles Real Estate Division
  • Special Study of SF Fire Truck Compatibility with Pedestrian Safety
  • Special Study of Services for People Living with AIDS and Transitioning to Social Security
  • Performance Audit of the SF Sheriff’s Department’s Workers Compensation and Use of Overtime
  • Performance Audits of the SF Fire Department’s Administrative Functions, Emergency Medical Services, Use of Overtime, and Recruitment of Uniform Members
  • Performance Audit of the San Francisco Housing Authority
  • Performance Audit of San Francisco’s Housing Policies
  • Special Study of Violence Prevention Programs in San Francisco
  • Special Study of the Replacement of SF County Jails #3 and #4
  • Fiscal Feasibility Analyses of Port and Airport Development Projects
  • Numerous Legislative Analyses of Property Acquisitions, Leases and Contracts, Capital Program Funding, Bond Issuance and Appropriation, and Administrative Code Amendments