Teri Black & Company, LLC is proud to announce that the Manhattan Beach City Council has selected Mark Danaj as their next City Manager. In a statement, Manhattan Beach City Mayor Amy Howorth said, “Mark represents the next generation of City Managers who offer fresh ideas and contemporary approaches to leading municipalities in partnership with the communities they serve. The City Council is thrilled to have attracted someone of Mark’s caliber to Manhattan Beach.” The City Council will vote on the appointment at their regularly scheduled May 20th meeting.
Mark comes to Manhattan Beach from Fremont, California, where he presently serves as Assistant City Manager and Chief Operating Officer. Located on the northeast edge of the Silicon Valley, Fremont, CA [pop. 215,000] is the 14th largest city in the state. Fremont has been identified as one of the “Best Run Cities in America,” as ranked by 24/7 Wall Street. Mark’s guidance in the city’s transformation also garnered the attention of industry, which made Fremont #1 in the country for technology start-up businesses per capita.
“Mark has an outstanding reputation for leadership, integrity, transparency and public engagement. We look forward to working with Mark in building a strong future for our Manhattan Beach community,” said Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Powell. The City Council was impressed with his 16+ years of public sector management experience, his vision and track record of offering non-traditional solutions to large and smalls scale challenges alike. Mark’s accomplishments transcend many aspects of local government and include fiscal sustainability initiatives, new civic engagement methods and contemporary economic development strategies.
Active in the profession, Mark serves as Chair of the Alameda’s County City Managers’ Association, and is a member of ICMA’s Governmental Affairs and Policy Committee, as well as the National League of Cities’ Information Technology and Communications Steering Committee.
Mark holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor‘s degree in Economics and Political Science from Marquette University. He is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program and is an ICMA credentialed manager. Follow him on Twitter @Mark Danaj