For the last decade Lee has served in a variety of roles in the California State Capitol, including lead political strategist for several state initiatives and San José City Hall, including Chief of Staff to Councilmember Nancy Pyle and Budget Director for Mayor Liccardo.
In 2005, Lee came to City Hall as Chief of Staff to Councilmember Nancy Pyle, serving the District 10 area of San José. In 2008, Lee moved to the City of San José City Manager’s Office as the Downtown Manager and Assistant to the City Manager. Lee led the City's economic development team for downtown and oversaw communications and public relations for the Office of Economic Development. Lee was specifically focused on downtown's management and operations, placemaking, and business development by serving as liaison between the City and downtown businesses. In addition, Lee managed the City’s oversight team and a budget of roughly $26 million for the Convention Center and Cultural Facilities and Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, operated by Team San Jose. Lee also oversaw the City’s contract with the San José Sharks to operate the SAP Arena.
In 2015, Lee was appointed to lead the Mayor’s Budget Office focusing on strategic development of priority initiatives on budget and fiscal matters. In this role, Lee was instrumental in helping negotiate pension reform, increases to the sales tax, modernization of the business tax, and negotiating several budgets with the City Council.
In 2017, Lee was appointed Chief of Staff of the City Manager’s Office—leading the Office of Administration, Policy and Intergovernmental Relations. Lee’s political and public policy background lends especially well to working with the Mayor and Council, City Officials, and downtown stakeholders on the direction of downtown San José.
John Aitken is the Director of Aviation for Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC). In this role, he is responsible for leading staff in achieving SJC’s mission: To connect, serve, and inspire; and the organization’s vision: To transform how Silicon Valley travels. John is leading the Airport team in expanding and elevating facilities and service levels to meet ongoing growth, with SJC’s notable ranking as America’s fastest‐growing major airport in 2018, based on percentage increase in passengers served. In 2019, the Airport expects to serve a record-breaking 15.3 million passengers.
In 2018-19, John led the Airport team in constructing and opening an interim gates facility, allowing SJC to now offer 36 domestic and international boarding gates. Through 2020, SJC passengers will experience all-new local and national eateries, courtesy of the Airport’s global restaurateur partners.
John has been with SJC since 1993, and has successfully led the Airport team in redesigning both the Airport’s strategic plan and information technology plan. He also played a key role on the leadership team in designing, building and operating the Airport’s $1.3B modernization of two terminals completed in 2010. In his prior role as Assistant Director of Aviation, John managed the administrative functions of the Airport Director’s Office as well as the five Airport divisions: operations, facilities, finance, planning and development, and marketing and communications.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in aviation management from Florida Institute of Technology, and an MBA in aviation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University based in Daytona Beach, Florida. John is also an accredited airport executive through the American Association of Airport Executives. He is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration both as a commercial pilot and certified flight instructor in single- and multi-engine instrument aircraft. John currently serves on the board of directors for both The Silicon Valley Organization and Joint Venture Silicon Valley
Jim Shannon has served as the City Manager’s Budget Director since June 2019 and has nearly twenty years of experience working within a variety of public sector agencies. Starting with the City of San José in 2012, Jim has held several positions in the Budget Office, including Assistant Director, Deputy Director, and Capital Budget Coordinator. Prior to coming to San José, he worked for the City of San Bruno in the Public Works Department, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the State of California’s Department of Water Resources. Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in Evolution and Ecology from the University of California at Davis, and a Master of Public Administration from San Francisco State University.
Dolan Beckel is the Director of the Office of Civic Innovation and Digital Strategy. This office is responsible for piloting and implementing organizational, process, and technology solutions that range from small experiments in smart city solutions to large scale deployments that drive value across the entire City. Dolan’s team is responsible for formulating and driving the City’s Smart City Roadmap.
Dolan’s aspirations for San José is that by the end of 2022 are:
- The City has the best wireless connectivity in the nation as ranked by coverage, quality, and choice;
- The City has reduced the number of households without quality internet at home to less than six percent;
- The City leads the nation in the number of smart city solutions operating at scale to improve existing services and enable completely new services through operational efficiency and effectiveness.
Dolan is a sought-after innovation and technology advisor who has advised dozens of companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500 enterprises in a professional career spanning over 33 years. Dolan spent over 20 years at Accenture where he was a Partner in Accenture’s Telecommunications consulting practice. Dolan was co-founder of Fathom Solutions which provided strategy and IT consulting services across the nation until it was purchased by Cognizant Technology Solutions. He has worked with many of Country’s most prominent technology and telecommunications companies including AT&T, Verizon, and TransUnion. Dolan has transitioned from the ‘billable hour’ to the ‘fulfillable hour’ and is lending his expertise to the City of San José. Dolan was appointed Director of the Office of Civic Innovation and Digital Strategy in June of 2018. Dolan and his team’s current responsibilities include but are not limited to piloting and scaling “smart city” technology solutions, delivering the largest wireless infrastructure implementation in the United States, and closing the digital divide through programs to overcome service cost, device cost, and digital literacy barriers. Dolan was Mayor Liccardo’s appointee to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee. Dolan is recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on broadband digital infrastructure and the digital divide.
Major cities across the United States, and the world, are experiencing significant growth and change. As urban environments continue to thrive, cities are seeking new and better ways to collaborate with the residents who live and work there to develop shared visions for the future. As the City Manager’s Director of Communications, Rosario is the conduit between city and resident and is leading a team of Civic Communicators to drive a comprehensive communications strategy to strengthen civic engagement.
As the spokesperson and primary media contact for the City of San Jose administration, Rosario is creating a twenty-first century newsroom of digital storytellers in Silicon Valley’s largest city. Her team of communication professionals manages the City website, government access television channel, public information requests, and more. Rosario came to Silicon Valley from the San Antonio Housing Authority – one of the largest housing authorities in the nation – where she won the Texas National Association of Housing Redevelopment Officials’ award for her work telling the story of the transformation of an aging public housing complex into a model of modern, affordable housing.
Before transitioning to public service, Rosario was Vice President at FleishmanHillard, a leading global communications and public affairs consultancy. She led major communications and public affairs efforts for clients such as AT&T, Monsanto, Philips, and Abbott Laboratories from the firm’s headquarters in St. Louis, and also held roles in the firm's London, Boston and San Antonio offices.
Rosario has served on the boards of the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, and St. Louis Dancing Classrooms, nonprofit organizations bringing creative programming to underrepresented youth. She holds a bachelor of science degree in Mass Communication from Boston University’s esteemed College of Communication, and is a graduate of the 2019 Silicon Valley Organization Leadership San José class. She is passionate about cities, poverty alleviation, and cultural diversity.
Lori Mitchell has worked in the renewable energy and utility industry for over 20 years. Prior to joining the City of San José, she spent 10 years working for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). At the SFPUC she held several progressively responsible management positions, including the Manager of Renewable Generation, Power Supply & Scheduling Manager, and most recently the Acting Director of Energy Infrastructure.
Prior to the joining the SFPUC, she has held senior engineering positions at PowerLight and SunPower Corporation. She is experienced in leading local renewable energy initiatives. She was responsible for the development and operations of many energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.
Lori has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Resources Engineering and is a licensed Mechanical Engineer in California. She is a LEED certified professional and has authored multiple technical papers at renewable energy industry conferences. She has also held positions at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the California Energy Commission, and the California Air Resources Board.
Throughout her career, Kim has helped people collaborate across disciplines to improve economic opportunity, strengthen community, and create places that foster connection and creativity, health and happiness. As Deputy City Manager, Kim is responsible for Community and Economic Development, providing leadership and strategic coordination to city departments shaping the future growth and development of the city. She co-leads execution of the City’s enterprise priorities focused on the transformation of Downtown San José, achieving the City’s ambitious housing goals, and improving city facilitation of private development. As Director of Economic Development, Kim oversees City initiatives in business retention and attraction, workforce development, cultural affairs, and real estate. Prior to joining San José, Kim was co-founder and managing director of Collaborative Economics, and senior policy analyst at SRI International’s Center for Economic Competitiveness. Kim is co-author of the books Grassroots Leaders for a New Economy: How Civic Entrepreneurs Build Prosperous Communities and Civic Revolutionaries: Igniting Passion for Change in American Communities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Humanities from Valparaiso University and a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University, where she was a Kennedy Fellow.
With 33 years experience, Raymond Riordan is currently the Director of City Manager’s Office of Emergency Management for the City of San José, CA, the tenth largest city in the United States. He was hired following the historic February 2017 Coyote Creek Flood, and assisted the City in its recovery from the flood and instituting action to address the over 240 items identified in the post disaster after action and improvement report. His employment included Program Manager for Emergency Preparedness for the City of San Ramon Police Department in California, Acting Executive Director of the California Utilities Emergency Association, the Acting Security and Emergency Manager for East Bay Municipal Utility District, and Senior Emergency Planner for Contra Costa County, CA. He is a Certified Emergency Manager, recognized by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), and he serves as the elected Chair for the California Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (or CalWARN).
Among his professional awards, he is three-time recipient of the International Association of Emergency Managers Association Partners in Preparedness Award and three-time recipient of the California Emergency Services Association President’s Award for leadership in emergency management.
He completed a BS degree from Santa Clara University, a MS degree in Industrial Organization from San José State University, and he has published articles on emergency planning in several journals, including the American Water Works Association Journal Magazine.
Jennifer Schembri serves as the Director of Employee Relations and Director of Human Resources for the City of San José, the nation’s tenth largest city and the largest city in Northern California, with an ethnically diverse population of more than one million people.
Jennifer brings a wide range of experience in her over 14 years with the city. She rose through the ranks from her start with the City of San José in 2004 as an Executive Analyst in the City Manager’s Office of Employee Relations. Through a succession of promotions, Jennifer became an Assistant to the City Manager in 2011, then became Deputy Director in 2014 and in 2015 was appointed to Director of Employee Relations. Reporting to the City Manager, the Director of Employee Relations is the City’s Chief Labor Negotiator with the City’s 11 bargaining units and oversees the labor and employee relations functions in the City Manager’s Office. As Director of Employee Relations, she led the city through the settlement of the pension reform litigation while achieving multi-year contracts with the City’s 11 bargaining units. In December 2018, Jennifer was appointed to the role of Human Resources Director, in addition to her role as Director of Employee Relations. In her role as Human Resources Director, she oversees the City’s Benefits Program, Workers’ Compensation, Health and Safety, Employment and Training and Development.
Jennifer was raised in San José and is currently raising her two boys in San José. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Saint Mary’s College. She was recognized in 2016 with the San José/Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 100 Women of Influence Award.
Kerrie Romanow joined the City in 2006 and has served as Director of the Environmental Services Department since 2011. As one of the largest departments in the City, team ESD includes over 550 full-time employees protecting and improving the regional environment and serving our community through several utility programs, including residential and commercial solid waste/recycling, energy and water conservation programs, watershed protection, the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility, the San José Municipal Water System, and South Bay Water Recycling. The department manages a $315M operating budget and $1.5B 5-year capital improvement plan.
Additionally, Kerrie serves as the City’s Chief Sustainability Officer leading San José to meet the climate goals of the Paris Accords through Climate Smart San José, an ambitious, data driven climate plan to decrease San José’s carbon emissions, conserve water and improve the quality of life. Under her leadership, the City developed and launched San José Clean Energy and Climate Smart San José.
Before joining the City in 2006, Kerrie served as Chief Operating Officer for an international environmental, health and safety management consulting firm. Her education incudes a B.S. in environmental economics from UC Berkeley, an M.B.A from Santa Clara University and Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program. In 2015, Kerrie was recognized as a Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and in 2018 awarded Oracle’s Chief Sustainability Officer of the Year prize. She is also an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow.
Julia Harper Cooper, Director of Finance, City of San José, has over three decades of local government experience and has been employed by the City since 1987. She is responsible for the day-to-day management oversight of four divisions in the Department encompassing 120 direct and indirect reports in the Accounting, Treasury, Revenue Management, and Purchasing/Risk Management Divisions. As Director, day-to-day management includes debt management, investments/cash management, payment processing, billing, accounts receivable, delinquent tax/revenue collections, payroll, accounts payable, financial reporting, risk management, and procurement services. Additionally, Ms. Cooper serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the Successor Agency to the San José Redevelopment Agency, Treasurer of the City of San Jose Financing Authority and Treasurer of the San José—Santa Clara Clean Water Financing Authority. Since 1990, she has been intimately involved in the management of the City’s diverse debt program involving the issuance of over 100 debt financings totaling over $5.0 billion; including tax-exempt and taxable debt in fixed, variable rate and commercial paper securities. Board Member and current Chair, City of San José’s Deferred Compensation Advisory Committee with responsibility for fiduciary oversight of over $1 billion in employee/retiree 457 Plan contributions.
Julia holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Santa Clara University and a master's in Public Administration from San José State University. Additionally, she has a Certificate in Accounting with Honors from the University of California Extention, Santa Cruz.
Robert is a San José native who joined the Fire Department in 1989 when he entered the Fire Academy. Currently serving as the Acting Fire Chief, Robert has held six different ranks, including more than 14 years as a chief officer. Robert’s career has included diverse operational experiences, administrative assignments, and almost 20 years of combined labor/management experience as both an IAFF Local 230 Executive Board elected officer and a member of the Department’s Senior Staff. He currently provides leadership to 823 full time equivalent positions and oversees an annual operating budget of approximately $230 million and a five-year capital budget of $46.1 million.
The appointment of a new Fire Chief is critically important to me and to the residents of San José. Our firefighters, paramedics, and EMTs, with support from the department’s civilian staff, respond to approximately 91,000 calls for service each year and conduct approximately 12,000 thousand fire prevention inspections annually. The department has several key projects in the works, including the Emergency Vehicle Preemption project, evaluation of the EMS model, and potential capital projects should voters approve the Disaster Preparedness, Public Safety, and Infrastructure Bond in November.
This is an important time for the Fire Department and the City, and Robert’s deep commitment to San José, and devotion to the department, combined with his blend of field, labor, and management expertise, make him the best fit for the role of Fire Chief.
Robert has also served our community through coaching youth sports and volunteering with Project Cornerstone, the East Valley Family YMCA, and the Big Brothers/ Big Sisters Program. He holds associate degree's in Fire Science Technology and Liberal Arts, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a Public Administration Concentration. Robert and his wife Denise live in San José with their daughter Gabbi (15), and sons, Bobby (21) and Andrew (19) who are both attending college away from home.
Jacky Morales-Ferrand currently serves as the Director of the Housing Department for the City of San José. She has more than twenty-nine years of experience in affordable housing and community development, including program implementation and policy development in the public, for-profit, and nonprofit sectors. Jacky is responsible for overseeing the Housing Department which has helped to create over 19,100 new and newly-affordable apartments and homes, and has provided over 2,100 loans to teachers and first-time homebuyers since 1987. Since this time, the Department has leveraged more than $4.1 billion in public and private capital with over $842 million in City resources to create new affordable housing opportunities. Jacky is currently leading several “Housing First” efforts to respond to homelessness in San José including growing the pipeline of permanently supportive housing, increasing coordination among stakeholders, and exploring new ways to deploy low cost interim housing. Recently, Jacky led an effort to strengthen the City’s Apartment Rent Ordinance (ARO) with a series of changes including reducing the annual allowable rent increase and adding protections for tenants who occupy 43,000 apartments in San José. Jacky also led the team that developed policy recommendations to establish an Affordable Housing Impact Fee in the City of San José. Another notable achievement was the June 2015 ruling of the California Supreme Court upholding San José’s inclusionary housing policy which Jacky led through a community stakeholder process. Jacky is on the Board of Destination: Home, a public/private partnership working to end homelessness in Santa Clara County and on the Board of Directors for the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, the California Housing Consortium, and the California Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies. She was recently appointed by the Governor to serve on the No Place Like Home Advisory Committee. She is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley. Jacky holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and a master’s of Public Administration from the University of Colorado.
Rob Lloyd is Chief Information Officer for the City of San José, California, directing the diverse technology portfolio of the nation’s tenth largest municipality. The City’s 6,700 employees and $3.7 billion budget serve over one million residents and 80,000 businesses in heart of Silicon Valley. The City’s quest: To be as innovative as the community we serve.
Rob has held executive roles in the technology, government, and utility sectors in California, Arizona, Oregon, and Colorado. He and his teams have earned over 25 national awards for engagement, operational excellence, and innovation.
He earned his undergraduate and graduate degree's at Beloit College and the University of Colorado. He also completed professional programs at Stanford University and Colorado State University. His individual honors include GovTech Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers; National Diversity Council Distinguished CIO; ADA Award for CIO Leadership in Cybersecurity; and Business Journal Arizona Top Tech Execs.
Jill Bourne was appointed the City Librarian for the award-winning San José Public Library (SJPL) in July 2013. SJPL serves a diverse community of more than one million residents, annually attracts over 6 million visitors and circulates more than 8 million items, and includes 23 branch libraries and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library (a unique partnership with San José State University). Under Bourne’s leadership, SJPL has cultivated a 21st century library experience, stabilizing funding, expanding hours, removing significant barriers to access, gaining multi-sector support for the Library, and most recently appointed to lead the City’s Education and Digital Literacy Initiative. In 2017, Bourne was nationally recognized as Library Journal’s, “Librarian of the Year” and in 2015 recognized as a “Women of Influence” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from New York University and a master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington.
Jon’s is passionate about serving people and has made a career of doing so. He has served in a variety of executive roles in government for the last 18 years. He is currently the Acting Director of the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services. Previous assignments include Assistant Director of Public Works and Director of Animal Care and Services.
Communication and compassion are the foundation for his work in public service. He has contributed significantly to the animal welfare industry and is an internationally renowned expert in the field. Recognized by the California State Assembly for achievements and meritorious service to the community, he has also received commendations from the cities of San José and Los Angeles for his work.
Jon holds a bachelor's degree in Biology from George Mason University and a Master of Public Administration from Cal State San Bernardino.
With a career in urban planning that spans 30 years, Rosalynn Hughey has a passion for city building, placemaking and civic engagement. She serves as the Director of the Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement for the City of San José, and provides leadership for the City’s broad range of planning and development services, including stewardship of the Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan. Rosalynn also leads Citywide initiatives, such as Climate Smart San José, Diridon Station Area Implementation/BART Phase II, and Public Life Strategy. Prior to joining the City of San José, Rosalynn served as Deputy Director in the Washington, D.C. Office of Planning, where she led dozens of neighborhood and transit-oriented development plans and large-scale planning/redevelopment projects. Rosalynn is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley. She is a member of the American Planning Association, including the Big City Planning Directors’ Institute. Rosalynn is also an active member of the Urban Land Institute, serving on the Executive Board of the San Francisco District Council and selected as a 2017 Fellow of the Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use.
Eddie was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and at a young age his family moved to San José, California. Eddie has a bachelor's Degree from Union Institute and University and was hired in February of 1992. He worked the Patrol division and then was selected to work the Narcotics Enforcement Team. After working in the Narcotics Enforcement Team he was selected to work in Special Operations - M.E.R.G.E (Mobile Emergency Response Group and Equipment).
Eddie was promoted to Sergeant in August of 2000. He worked patrol and then was selected to work as a Night Detective and later as a Homicide Investigator. He was promoted to Lieutenant in December of 2005. As a lieutenant, he commanded the Community Services Division and the Special Investigations Unit.
He was promoted to Captain in February of 2010. He held command of the City’s Central Division until he was transferred to the Bureau of Investigations. On December 25th, 2011 he was designated as Acting Deputy Chief for the Bureau of Investigations. On February 5th 2012 Eddie was promoted to Deputy Chief. Later that same year he assumed the role of Deputy Chief of the Bureau of Administration. On January 15th, 2013 Eddie assumed the role of Acting Assistant Chief. On December 10th, 2013, he was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police.
Assistant Chief Garcia assumed the role of Acting Chief of Police on January 19, 2016 upon the retirement of former Chief Larry Esquivel and was confirmed as Chief of Police on March 1, 2016.
Matt was born and raised in San José and has worked for the City since 1999. Matt was appointed Director of Public Works in May 2018. As the Director of Public Works/City Engineer, Matt helps guide the City in the implementation of a roughly $4 billion capital improvement program as well as facility maintenance, private development review, oversight of the City’s vehicular fleet and Animal Care and Services. Prior to joining Public Works, Matt served as the Assistant Director with the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department. In this role, Matt took a leadership role in daily operations of a large city department and implemented the department’s capital improvement program. Prior to working in PRNS, Matt spend time working as an engineer in the City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) and as a Senior Executive Analyst in the City Manager’s Office on a team with oversight over the City’s entire capital improvement program.
Matt has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University as well as a Master’s of Public Administration from San Jose State University. Matt is also a registered Professional Engineer with the State of California. In his free time, Matt and his wife (Patty) enjoy being outdoors and playing soccer their two boys, Nicolas and Jacob.
John Ristow is the Acting Director of the Department of Transportation. John was formerly the Deputy Director of Planning and Project Delivery for the department, where he was responsible for transportation planning, policy development and the Capital Improvement Program. In his role, he provided oversight of San José’s street, pedestrian and bicycle system and coordinating with federal, state and regional agencies on delivery of highway and transit projects serving San José. John was previously the Director of Planning and Program Development with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, and holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Colorado.