We are honored to announce the appointment of Melissa Stevenson Diaz as Redwood City’s new City Manager. She will begin her new post on October 12, 2015.
“Redwood City has thoughtfully crafted a highly desirable community for residents and businesses alike,” said Melissa Stevenson Diaz. “I have long admired the City’s commitment to community engagement, inclusion, collaboration and innovation. It would be an honor to work with the City Council, staff, and community to further Redwood City’s success and positive momentum.”
Melissa comes to Redwood City from the City of Mountain View, where she held both Assistant City Manager and Interim City Manager roles. Prior to working in Mountain View, Diaz held various leadership roles in Fremont and Morgan Hill and was responsible for functions such as human resources, finance and budget, policy analysis, redevelopment and economic development, information technology management, community engagement and communications.
“Redwood City demands a strong leader to support an engaged and progressive community,” said Jeff Gee, Mayor of Redwood City. “Melissa Stevenson Diaz is the right person to lead the long-term success of the organization. Melissa is a seasoned veteran with over twenty-four years of experience working with diverse communities within Northern California. Her experience will be of tremendous value to the City of Redwood City as we look to the future and continue to build on our successes.”
Speaking to Melissa’s credentials and track record, Teri Black added, “Everyone in our industry knew that Melissa was more than ready to be a city manager. It was a matter of her deciding on the timing and the ideal city. We are extraordinarily fortunate to be the firm representing the City that lined up with her desires and interests. Redwood City is an incredibly dynamic place with a remarkable community spirit. I know Melissa will take great care of this city and its outstanding executive team.”
Melissa is a member of the International City/County Management Association, the California Public Employers Labor Relations Association, the Urban Land Institute, and the Municipal Management Association of Northern California. She holds a Masters of Public Administration from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Mills College, where she also serves as a Board Trustee.