The city of Pleasanton welcomed Susan Hsieh to her first day as the new director of finance on Monday.
Hsieh, who has more than 20 years of experience in finance and operations management in private and public sectors, most recently with the city of San Leandro, will be leading the efforts to maintain the city's fiscal standing.
"Pleasanton is an exceptionally well-managed city, and I am excited to join this well-regarded organization," she said. "I look forward to working with the City Council and staff to serve the community."
Hsieh succeeds Tina Olson, who left Pleasanton in March to become administrative services director with the neighboring city of Livermore.
Before coming to Pleasanton, Hsieh served as the finance director for the city of San Leandro since 2020 and before that held the same role with the city of Emeryville from 2016 to 2020. During both positions, she oversaw all aspects of the cities' financial functions.
"We are pleased to have Susan join the city's executive team. Her extensive public finance experience coupled with her private sector experience are welcomed and her collaborative approach will make her a great fit," Pleasanton City Manager Gerry Beaudin said.
Early in her career, Hsieh worked for the city of Albany as an accounting supervisor and as an auditor for Grant Thornton, a national accounting firm, where she led audit engagements and conducted financial statement audits.
She also served as assistant finance director and assistant chief financial officer for the Association of Bay Area Governments, a regional planning agency that incorporates local governments in the nine Bay Area counties.
Hsieh earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's degree in finance and management. She is a certified public accountant and holds professional certifications from University of California, Berkeley and Pepperdine University.