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Darlene SanchezDarlene Sanchez, Assistant Director of Community Development

Darlene Sanchez joined the City of Glendale in 2013 and serves as the Assistant Director of Community Development.  In this capacity, she oversees the Administration and the Economic Development divisions. She is responsible for managing the Department’s budget, and overseeing City assets, 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 nearly twenty 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 and also has a degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton. 

Jennifer McLainJennifer Hiramoto, Deputy Director of Community Development - Economic Development

Jennifer Hiramoto joined the City of Glendale in 2015, and serves as Deputy Director of Community – Economic Development. In this capacity, she is responsible for overseeing the Economic Development Division’s strategic planning efforts, with an emphasis on business services, attraction, community outreach, and asset management. Jennifer joins the team with 10 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. She is a Board Member on the Downtown Glendale Association, and volunteers as an Advisor to the Youth & Government Program with the YMCA of Glendale.

Jacqueline Sales, Economic Development Coordinator

Jacqueline Sales 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. Sales 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.

Ani Pogossian, Economic Development Administrative Associate

Ani Pogossian joined the City of Glendale in 2011.  In her current role as the Economic Development Associate, she is responsible for business services and administrative support to the Economic Development team, including event coordination, sponsorship development, proactive business and community outreach, and interdepartmental support related to contracts, budgets and financial services. Ani earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University Northridge and will obtain her Masters of Public Administration from California State University Northridge in 2020.

Juan Gonzalez, Neighborhood Services Supervisor

Juan Gonzalez joined the Economic Development Team in 2019 and serves as the senior member of the Community Outreach team. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing and implementing outreach campaigns, organizing community meetings and special events, producing print and video communications, and collaborating with business and community groups supporting Economic Development initiatives.  Juan joins the team with nearly 25 years of community outreach experience with the City of Glendale. He served as Project Manager for the “Be Street Smart Glendale” safety education campaign, implemented community gardens on vacant parcels of land, organized in-school education programming, and led the efforts to obtain California Healthy City and Keep America Beautiful affiliate status for Glendale. Mr. Gonzalez earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Art from California State University at Northridge.

Sandra Rodríguez, Program Coordinator

Sandra Rodríguez joined the City of Glendale in 2002. She currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Community Development Department. In this capacity she is responsible for driving the department’s marketing and community relations efforts. Some of her duties include digital content creation and management, social media marketing, video production, media relations and art direction. She currently handles the departments marketing needs relating to economic development, planning and urban design, mobility, affordable housing and building & safety/permit services.

Sandra has over 20 years of experience working in the public sector, having worked with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors prior to coming to the City of Glendale. She majored in Political Science at the University of Southern California.

Savannah SpicerSavannah Spicer, Economic Development Administrative Assistant

Savannah joined the team in January 2018. In her current role she is responsible for business attraction efforts, co-organizer of the divisions’ monthly meetup -- Tech on Tap, community outreach, new business assistance, event planning and coordination, social media outreach and administrative support.

Savannah earned a Masters of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) from California Lutheran University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Sociology at California State University Channel Islands.

 

Tamar Bezjian, Marketing & Economic Development Liaison

Tamar joined the team in September 2018. She assists with social media outreach, event planning and coordination, and digital marketing. Prior to this, Tamar was employed at Pepperdine’s Health and Wellness Department, where she coordinated outreach events geared toward the Pepperdine undergraduate student body. She also worked as a legal assistant in a private probate and real estate law firm in Glendale.

Tamar earned a  Master of Public Policy degree at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy, and her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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