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.
After a very competitive search, we are pleased to announce that Gerry Beaudin has been named as City of Pleasanton’s new Community Development Director.
“We’re very excited to have Gerry join the team,” said City Manager Nelson Fialho, “In a crowded field of highly competitive candidates, Gerry distinguished himself to be a bright, creative and balanced thinker to match his impressive track record in city planning and community development.”
Gerry’s previous appointments include Zoning Administrator for the City of Mountain View, Principal Planner for South San Francisco, Assistant Planner for Los Altos, Assistant Planner in Toronto, Canada, and as a private planning consultant. His extensive experience includes working with large city projects, private residential developments, and creating/implementing the long-range master plan for biotech giant Genentech’s 200-acre campus.
“Gerry possess the diverse experience required to manage Pleasanton’s residential/commercial development and downtown revitalization projects, including the Community Development Department’s $10 million budget, its 42 full-time employees and consultants.” said Julie Yuan-Miu, Senior Recruiter at Teri Black & Company, LLC, an executive search firm specializing in local government placements.
Gerry acquired a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Queens University, Canada. He holds accreditation from the American Institute of Certified Planners and the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. ,He is also a graduate of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.