PLACEMENT NEWS: City of Pasadena selects Jennifer Curtis as new Human Resources Director


Jennifer Curtis has been selected as Pasadena’s new Human Resources Director. City Manager Michael Beck indicated in his announcement that she will begin her new duties on November 2, 2015. “Ms. Curtis has outstanding experience in human resources management to lead our complex operation.  Her passion for the profession and her demonstrated leadership skills will help ensure we are a model organization,” Mr. Beck added.

The appointment came after a nationwide search for the ideal candidate. “Although this recruitment was very competitive, Jennifer emerged as the best suited candidate and a fabulous fit. I’ve admired her professionalism for many years and feel fortunate to have placed her,” stated Teri Black, CEO of the search firm that performed the search on behalf of the City of Pasadena.

Indeed Jennifer brings a diverse mix of experience and expertise to Pasadena. For nearly 20 years, she has dedicated her career to public service – particularly municipalities in California. She currently serves as the City of Ventura’s Human Resources Director and was previously the Human Resources Manager in the City of Santa Clarita for many years. Her human resources management experience even extends to the east coast at the University of Florida.

In a recent statement, Jennifer said, “I’m ready to get to work, to meet and serve employees throughout the city, and to build upon Pasadena’s reputation as an employer of choice.”

Jennifer has a Master’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of Florida and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  In addition, she holds Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Labor Relations Academy Masters (CLRM) certifications.  Actively engaged in the advancement of the public sector HR profession, Jennifer is the Chairperson of this year’s CALPELRA Annual Conference currently taking place in Monterey, California.