JAN MAZYCK IS NEW SANTA ROSA CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

The new year will bring many changes, including a new Chief Financial Officer for the City of Santa Rosa, Calif. Jan Mazyck, fresh off her current position in the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury, Office of Technical Assistance, will begin her new position on Jan. 4, 2021, City Manager Sean McGlynn announced this week.

As the City’s CFO, Mazyck and her 94-person team will be responsible for overseeing the City’s financial and accounting functions, including it’s $436.6 million budget, accounting, purchasing and long-term planning.

“I am thrilled to bring on Jan as a member of the Santa Rosa team,” McGlynn said. “Her extensive background in financial management will be especially critical in helping to lead the City through our continuing work to stabilize a budget that has been challenged by the pandemic and wildfire disasters in recent years.”

Mazyck’s career spans 20+ years in governmental leadership, financial management and strategy. At the Treasury Dept., as an advisor with the Budget and Financial Accountability team, Mazyck helped transitioning countries to strengthen their public financial management practices, to provide them with longer-term financial stability and broader economic success.

With an expansive career helping California governments and quasi-governmental entities finance infrastructure in the public interest, Jan has also held leadership roles as chief financial officer, finance director and treasurer.

She graduated from Golden Gate University in San Francisco with post graduate studies at the UCLA Anderson School and the Harvard Kennedy School.

Congratulations to both Ms. Mazyck and the City of Santa Rosa!

Read the story in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat

SAN LEANDRO WELCOMES ASST. FINANCE DIRECTOR KAREN CHANG

The City of San Leandro (Calif) and Finance Director Susan Hsieh happily announced last week that Karen Chang, currently with the City of Pleasanton, will join the San Leandro team as assistant finance director (AFD)!

We are proud to have managed the recruitment process, and to have brought together a great candidate and an opportunity to do wonderful things for the City’s residents and staff. An outstanding AFD is much more than an accountant: “Impeccable financial skills” goes without saying. It is the skills in customer service, streamlining and managing processes, mentoring, leading, communication, transparency, technology and more that set the professionals apart, and Karen Chang has the goods.

Prior to her work in Pleasanton, Chang worked for the City of Pittsburg (Calif) for eight years. She also spent 13 years in the private sector. She has her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from San Francisco State University.

Her start date in San Leandro wasn’t set as of today, but she’ll be settled in her new office before Thanksgiving. Congratulations to both the City and Karen Chang!