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City Manager Appoints Human Resources Director

Post Date:08/26/2019 9:05 AM

August 23, 2019
Media Contact:
Debra Hall, City Manager's Office
Twenty-year HR executive to lead newly re-established Human Resources Department

- The City of Redwood City announced today the appointment of Michelle Katsuyoshi as Director of Human Resources. City Manager Melissa Stevenson Diaz appointed Katsuyoshi following a nationwide search. Katsuyoshi has served as the Director of Human Resources for the City of Morgan Hill since 2016, where she oversees all Human Resources functions including hiring, labor relations, employee learning and development, compensation and benefits, and risk management. Katsuyoshi served as the HR Manager in Morgan Hill from 2011-2016 before promoting to Director.

Katsuyoshi has more than 20 years of experience in human resources and offers an impressive breadth of experience in local government. She comes to the City at a pivotal time, as the City recently re-established Human Resources (HR) as a stand-alone City department after 7 years as a division of Administrative Services. As its director, Katsuyoshi will lead efforts to modernize and streamline HR services, emphasizing innovation, contemporary best practices, and current industry trends.

"Redwood City is committed to working with its constituents to build a great community. That starts with building a great employee community," said Stevenson Diaz. "Michelle is a dynamic and collaborative HR professional with a track record of leading positive change. We are excited to have her build upon the Redwood City culture that inspires employees to thrive and do their best work. To that end, she will lead efforts to innovate our approach to employee recruitment and retention, and will play a key role in simplifying and streamlining citywide business operations and protocols."

During her tenure in Morgan Hill, Katsuyoshi built strong partnerships with labor groups and City departments, and led efforts to bring new technology and creative solutions to HR practices. Under her leadership, Morgan Hill streamlined its job application intake, launched a successful Work on Wellness program, and revamped employee
recognition programs.
"I am honored to join the City of Redwood City and excited to be part of a team culture that is committed to providing the highest quality services to the community," said Katsuyoshi. "Redwood City has proven to be a dynamic leader at the forefront of best practices by encouraging innovation and creativity. It's a privilege to lead the Human Resources team as we strive to hire, develop, and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce that is passionate about public service."
Prior to working with the City of Morgan Hill, Katsuyoshi was an HR project manager with the Town of Los Gatos, and held HR positions in the City of Sunnyvale and City of San Jose. She also served as an HR consultant to the City of Santa Clara.
Katsuyoshi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Studies from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is a member of the California Public Employees Labor Relations Association, Central Coast Human Resource Directors, International Public Management Association, and the Local Agency Benefit Managers/Human Resources Public Agency Group.
She will start in her position with the City on September 16, 2019.
For more information about the City of Redwood City, gohere.
About the City of Redwood City
The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco Peninsula to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with 85,992 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: "Climate Best by Government Test". Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county's old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city's vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience.
For more information, visit the City of Redwood City's website, or follow Redwood City onTwitter,Instagram, andFacebook.

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City of Redwood City


Phone: 650-780-7303



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