Meet the Team

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Darlene SanchezDarlene Sanchez, Acting Assistant Director of Community Development

Darlene Sanchez joined the City of Glendale in 2013 and serves as the Deputy Director of Community Development.  In this capacity, she oversees the Economic Development division and is responsible for managing City assets, economic development contracts, development agreements and the business services and attraction programs. Her goals are to ensure that the City of Glendale is enriching the quality of lives for the residents and workers within the City by attracting and retaining employers; developing amenities that support businesses and residents; and by encouraging strategic alliances across all business sectors.

She has over eighteen years of experience in municipal government with the cities of Walnut and Monrovia prior to coming to Glendale. Darlene earned a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California in 2004 and also has a degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton. 

Jennifer McLainJennifer Hiramoto, Principal Economic Development Officer 

Jennifer Hiramoto joined the City of Glendale in 2015, and serves as Principal Economic Development Officer. In this capacity, she is responsible for implementing the department’s strategic planning efforts, with an emphasis on business services and attraction.

Jennifer joins the team with seven years in economic development experience and five years in the private sector as a newspaper reporter. Prior to working at the City of Glendale, she worked in the cities of Ontario and Monrovia as well as at the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership. She specializes in developing and implementing collaborative economic development and public relations strategies.  

Jennifer earned a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California in 2011, and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from San Jose State University.

Jacqueline Bartlow, Economic Development Coordinator

Jacqueline Bartlow joined the Economic Development Team in 2001.  In her current capacity as the Economic Development Coordinator, she serves as the liaison to the neighborhood business districts, the business improvement districts (BID) and all Glendale small businesses by providing business assistance and concierge services.  She was instrumental in the expansion and relocation of various key businesses in Glendale such as BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Panera Bread, Infiniti, and Pacific BMW.

Ms. Bartlow has over 25 years of municipal government experience with the Cities of Agoura Hills and Glendale.  She earned her Bachelors Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Tamar Sadd, Economic Development Coordinator

Tamar Sadd joined the Economic Development team in 2015. She is responsible for business attraction, marketing, and developing economic development strategies. Tamar has worked for the City of Glendale since 2011, serving in a communications capacity in both the Glendale Police Department and City Manager’s Office.

Tamar earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of California, Berkeley and her Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California as a City/County Management Fellow.



Ani Pogossian, Economic Development Administrative Assistant  

Ani Pogossian joined the City of Glendale in 2011 on a part-time basis.  In her current role, she is responsible for marketing and administrative support to the Economic Development team, including website development, social media, community outreach, brochure preparation, event coordination, and interdepartmental coordination.  She earned her Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University Northridge.




Lauren Bow, Economic Development LiaisonIMG_9572

Lauren Bow earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from San Francisco State University in 2015. After, she started working in the City of Glendale Public Works Department on a part-time basis acting as a communications and marketing strategist. She was responsible for community outreach, digital marketing, event management, and interdepartmental communication. In her current role, she offers the same knowledge and support for Economic Development along with other administrative duties. 

She is currently a Masters candidate in USC's Strategic Public Relations Program. 


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