The Pleasanton city government team will soon be welcoming another new face as the city announced the appointment of Alexa Jeffress as its new deputy city manager.
Jeffress, who currently works for the city of Oakland, will start in Pleasanton on Feb. 6, according to a press release issued last week.
"We are pleased to welcome Alexa to the executive team at the city of Pleasanton," City Manager Gerry Beaudin said in the press release. "Her diverse career experiences and responsibilities will serve our organization and the community, now and as we plan for the future. This is an exciting time for Pleasanton as we address a number of opportunities to advance the goals of our City Council. We’re excited that Alexa will be joining us in this effort."
Jeffress will be taking over the role after assistant city manager Pamela Ott held the deputy position since January 2020 before being officially promoted to her current position in December.
Jeffress works in Oakland where she has been serving as the director of the city's Economic and Workforce Development Department for the past three years. There, she has been directing staff in six divisions that include: public and private development, real estate, cultural affairs, workforce and business development, and special activities.
"I am excited to join the executive team in Pleasanton and support City Manager Beaudin as he implements the city's vision for the future," Jeffress said in a statement to the Weekly. "I look forward to working together with the community and the talented city staff to advance strategies for sustainable growth and organizational success consistent with the core strengths and values that make Pleasanton a great place to live, work and do business."
According to the press release, she has more than 20 years of experience in government administration, project management and economic and community development.
"Her tenure includes experience with housing and real estate development in the public and private sectors, including leadership positions with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and BRIDGE Housing in San Francisco," the press release stated.
BRIDGE Housing is a real estate nonprofit developer that focuses on affordable housing.
In both these positions, Jeffress has worked with city officials, public housing authorities and community stakeholders to advance housing solutions, according to the press release.