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City Manager Appoints Community Development and Transportation Director

Post Date:07/26/2019 3:29 PM


July 26, 2019
Media Contact:
Meghan Horrigan, City Manager's Office



Twenty-year community development, planning and transportation executive to lead Redwood City Community Development and Transportation Department 

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF.--The City of Redwood City announced today the appointment of Mark Muenzer as Community Development and Transportation Director. Melissa Stevenson Diaz appointed Muenzer following a national executive search due to Aaron Aknin’s departure from the City in February 2019. Muenzer’s appointment is effective as of August 19, 2019.

“I am delighted to welcome Mark to Redwood City. Mark has an outstanding reputation as an urban planning professional and leader, and I am confident he will provide excellent leadership for our talented staff,” said Melissa Stevenson Diaz, city manager of the City of Redwood City. “Mark has broad experience with complex projects, and a creative and visionary mindset. His demonstrated ability to bring together stakeholders with diverse interests will be an asset for Redwood City.”

Muenzer has over twenty years of experience in community development, planning, transportation and related fields. Muenzer comes to Redwood City from the City of Menlo Park where he was the community development director overseeing the Planning, Building, Housing and Economic Development divisions. In his role with the City of Menlo Park, Muenzer managed department staff processing numerous large and complex mixed-use development projects including an 8-acre Stanford University mixed-use project, and the proposed 60-acre Facebook Willow Village. Muenzer also led a department that is currently overseeing several residential, commercial and mixed-use construction projects while managing a number of proposed and approved affordable housing developments in Menlo Park.

“I am thrilled to join the City of Redwood City team and look forward to partnering with the community to implement forward-thinking and innovative community development, planning and transportation approaches,” said Mark Muenzer, the City’s new community development and transportation director. “The City of Redwood City has a progressive reputation where it values collaboration with a diverse community. I look forward to leading a team of professional staff to serve the community and further the City’s mission.”

Prior to working with the City of Menlo Park, Muenzer served as the department head overseeing the building/inspection services, planning/zoning and housing/grants divisions and managed all City transportation and mobility policy initiatives for the City of Evanston, Illinois.  Under his leadership, he reorganized the department and realized record building permit revenue, introduced an improved staff design and site plan review process, adopted an inclusionary housing ordinance and moved forward various transit-oriented development projects. He also served as the City of Evanston’s first LGBT Liaison, providing a resource within city government for the community’s LGBT residents. Other experience included various management roles with the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development; serving as the community development director for the City of Countryside, Illinois; and as contract services manager for the Hamilton County Development Company, Inc.

Muenzer holds a Master of Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati, with a concentration in economic development planning, and a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science from Gannon University, with a concentration in business administration. Muenzer is a member of the American Planning Association, the San Mateo County Community Development Director Group and the Silicon Valley Economic Development Association.

Muenzer lives in Downtown San Jose and enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, biking and numerous dog beach visits with his Labrador retriever.

Earlier this year, the City Manager changed the name of the department to the Community Development and Transportation Department to reflect the City’s increased focus on local and regional transportation initiatives. The department works to guide the physical growth, development and preservation of the City under the policy direction of the City Council and in conjunction with other City Departments. The department is organized across divisions of Building Regulation and Code Enforcement Services, Engineering and Transportation Services and Planning. Department efforts include providing current and advanced planning, transportation planning, building code and Municipal Code compliance, Geographic Information System management, development services, historic review, environmental review, and capital improvement management of the City’s infrastructure. The department works in partnership with the Architectural Advisory Committee, Historic Resources Advisory Committee, Planning Commission, Transportation Advisory Committee and other related subcommittees and ad hoc committees.

For more information about the City of Redwood City, go here.


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