Our Firm

Ridgeline Municipal Strategies, LLC is a California-based independent registered municipal advisory and financial consulting firm serving local government agencies.

We are committed to the highest standards of customer service and fiduciary duty.

Our holistic customer relationship approach integrates deep understanding of financial markets, local government dynamics, community development, strategic management, and quantitative analysis.

We specialize in
debt issuance,
pension cost optimization,
revenue generation, and
quantitative strategies.

Ridgeline Municipal Strategies, LLC is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”) as a municipal advisor.


Our Approach

The Ridgeline business philosophy is shaped by mountaineering experiences. When elevations are high and trails are long, we need expedition partners who we can trust, who are well trained and prepared, who stay by our side every step of the way, and who do not give up. This is the kind of partner we set out to be for our clients. Our actions, decisions, and client interactions are based on the principles of INTEGRITY, EXCELLENCE, and EXECUTION.


Integrity is often described as “who we are when no one is watching.” In all our professional dealings, we seek to take the high road. The best interests of our clients are fundamental to our advice and analysis. We serve as our clients’ fiduciaries, guided by the duty of care and loyalty, as set forth in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Municipal Advisor Rule implemented under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.


We get it done right. We do our homework. We research, analyze, and grasp. We strive for excellence. Our work is marked by quality solutions developed for each specific problem with our client’s individual situation in mind. As we take care of the issues at hand, we think several steps ahead, focusing on the development and implementation of proactive strategies.


We take great pride in our customers’ success and strive to deliver flawless execution in every relationship, transaction, and project that we are entrusted with. Schedule, communication, and work flow are arranged for optimal efficiency, quality, and customer satisfaction. In financing transactions, we design security structures with the goal of achieving the lowest overall borrowing costs, and we analyze deal complexity from the standpoint of suitability for the client.

Our Principal

Dmitry Semenov - MSRB registered municipal advisor
Dmitry Semenov

Dmitry Semenov is the founding principal of Ridgeline. He specializes in advising public agencies on debt issuance, pension cost optimization, infrastructure and equipment financing, revenue generation, and fiscal strategies.

Prior to launching Ridgeline, Mr. Semenov spent 10 years in commercial banking, serving West Coast municipalities and delivering close to $1 billion in over 150 tax-exempt and taxable credit facilities for cities, counties, school districts, special districts, and other public agencies, as well as universities and non-profit organizations. Prior to banking, he worked for 15 years in the urban planning and real estate development field, specializing in master-planned community design and entitlements and public infrastructure and services financing.

Mr. Semenov is a registered municipal advisor with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, and he holds an MBA degree from the University of California, Davis and a BS in economics from the Plekhanov University of Economics.

When he is not working on clients’ projects, you can find Mr. Semenov spending time with his family, backpacking, reading, or playing chess.