STELLAR TALENT: New Los Altos Community Development Director Settles In

The City of Los Altos is now home to new Community Development Director Jon Biggs, who assumed his duties at the end of March. Jon arrived in Los Altos with 25 years of experience, having most recently served as Community Development Director for the City of Pismo Beach. He brings a wide range of expertise including urban design, housing and historic preservation, along with experience in critical regional priorities such as water and traffic/transportation issues.

In Los Altos, Jon is responsible for the City’s planning and building divisions and oversees a team of 12. In addition to Pismo Beach, he has also served in the cities of Alameda and Pacific Grove. Jon earned a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning from San Jose State University and holds several professional certificates, including the University of California Berkeley Certificate for Transportation Impacts and Land Development and the University of California Davis Certificate for Environmental Planning and Thresholds of Significance.

RECRUITMENT SPOTLIGHT: Susanna Chan appointed as Public Works Director for the City of Los Altos

Susanna Chang, Public Works Director for the City of Los Altos

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Susanna Chan as Public Works Director by the City of Los Altos. She comes from the City of San Mateo after 13 years of executive service in the public Engineering sector.

“Susanna has considerable experience managing a broad range of engineering and maintenance functions and major capital improvement projects,” said Marcia Somers, City Manager of the City of Los Altos. In fact, Susanna managed several high profile projects during her time in San Mateo, including an aggressive 20-year, $840 million Capital Improvement Program for the city’s sewer system.

“The City of Los Altos might be the busiest little city on the West Coast with more than 37 city improvement projects currently open and active. Susanna is the perfect candidate to jump right in and ensure the successful completion of the city’s vision,” said Teri Black, President & CEO of Teri Black & Company, LLC, an executive recruiting firm specializing in local government placements.

Susanna’s background also includes working for the City and County of San Francisco, the City of Concord, as well as five years as an Engineer in the private sector.  She has a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering, both from UC Berkeley. Susanna is licensed as a Registered Professional Engineer and holds a certificate in Construction Quality Management for Contractors from the Army Corp. of Engineers.