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Ana Cortez

EXPERIENCE

  • Special Advisor for Management Partners. 3/2020 – Present. Helena MT.
    • Contribute to municipal projects for communities in the United States. Currently working on a 9212 report for a California city and coordination services for the Local Government Hispanic Network 2021 National Conference.
  • City Manager and Chief Financial Officer. 1/2019 – 2/2020. Helena MT.
    • Managed a full service capital city of 380 FTE’s and a 80M budget (22M General Fund).
    •  Managed leadership team composed of Police, Fire, Community Development, Parks, Human Resources, City Attorney, Transportation, Public Works.
    •  Responsible for daily operations, customer service, responding to constituents, building collaborations, finding systemicsolutions to structural problems, addressing community concerns, addressing root causes of deficiencies, ensuring transparency and accountability, public information and building internal capacity.
    • Achieved Impacts (partial):
      • Finance- adoption of biennial balanced budget through strategic cuts, adoption of a 21% general fund reserve and fund balance floor, rate increases for various utilities, adoption of comprehensive CIP, improved activation of public spaces, completed key CIP projects, identified 20M in public facilities needs for bond measure in 2020/2021
      • HR- revamped Human Resources Department to add value and emphasize employee development, instituted performance evaluation systems, created new on boarding and off boarding protocols, updated sections of the personnel handbook and facilitated two year strategic plan.
      • Community Services- creation and adoption of affordable housing strategy, adoption of new zoning and building codes, creation of a housing navigator service, finalization of Growth Plan, creation of development agreements for retail, community and affordable housing development, creation of a Transportation Department to increase impact and accountability, addition of Development Engineer to Community Development, implementation of paid downtown parking, improved snow operations through increased human and capital resources, completed updates to Open Lands Master Plan, acquired 74 acres of open lands through partnerships with Land Trust and Department of Defense, entered into service contract with local military base, adopted and promoted emergency response plan, designed a Police Citizens Academy, obtained funding for School Resource Officers.
  • Assistant City Manager and Acting Finance Director. 2017-2019. Yakima WA.
    • Assisted CM manage of a full service city of 700 FTE’s, 250M Budget (80M General Fund).
    • Managed Public Works, Finance, Airport and specific functions in Community Development.
    • Provided executive level support to the City Manager and served as sounding board on difficult issues.
    • Achieved Impacts (partial):
      • Successfully concluded 10M capital campaign for the construction of a downtown plaza.
      • Implemented gang prevention initiative and secured 1.5M in OJJDP funding.
      • Balanced FY 19 through significant cuts in the general fund.
      • Created clean city initiative (code enforcement).
      • Implemented neighborhood forums to discuss public safety.
      • Provided Spanish language media outreach.
      • Hosted regional conference to discuss business development opportunities in 224 acre parcel.
      • Increased fees based on cost recovery model.
      • Increased rates to ensure sustainability of utilities.
      • Facilitated 5 year Strategic Plan
  • Public Works Business Manager. 2015-2017. City of West Sacramento, CA.
    • Managed human resources for 85 FTE’s, monitored 30M operations and 50M CIP budgets.
    • Managed a team that provides financial and HR support: Engineering, Utilities, Construction, Facility Development, Facility Maintenance, Transportation and Administration.
    • Served as project manager for a 5M solar energy project and as liaison to regional transit.
    • Served as Innovation Officer for Public Works.
    • Served in Risk Management Team that conducted analysis of risk mitigation procedures and addresses claims in partnership with YCPARMIA.
    • Achieved Impacts (partial):
      • Instituted process improvement techniques.
      • Balanced 22 cost centers.
      • Redesigned HR protocols
      • Created new tools and systems to facilitate paperwork.
      • Re-organized utility billing operations using quantitative data and qualitative observations.
  • Community Development Manager. 2006-2014. City of Richmond, CA.- (Formerly with Redevelopment Agency)
    • Served as liaison between the City of Richmond and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and acted as grants administrator for CDBG, HOME, NSP and HPRP.
    • Managed staff, consultants, partners, grantees and volunteers responsible for implementing specific aspects of these Federally funded grants and for adhering to regulations listed in 24 CFR.
    • Manage projects that include economic development, public services and housing rehabilitation/development.
    • Provided the Finance Department with direction on budget preparation and review accounting entries for all HUD related grants.
    • Prepared annual performance measures and evaluated yearly progress.
    • Prior to 2009, Community Development resided at the Redevelopment Agency and I was responsible for producing compliance reports for the State of California, preparing reports for the Redevelopment Board and for coordinating redevelopment activities with relevant stakeholders.
  • Public Services Director. 2005-2006. Mayor’s Office of Community Development. San Francisco, CA.
    •  Worked closely with other departments and divisions to coordinate activities to further the Mayor’s agenda for community development.
    • Served in local and regional committees to ensure coordination of activities and avoid duplication of efforts.
    • Prepared media statements to describe community development activities and manage public participation efforts.
    • Served as liaison between County and HUD for all matters pertaining CDBG Public Services.
    • Managed team responsible for procurement process that identified subgrantees and evaluated capacity.
    • Managed team accountable for contracting, monitoring and evaluation of activities funded with CDBG Public Services dollars.
    • Created logic models to guide grant making and trained staff on how to implement best practices supportive housing, employment, children services and homeless programs.
    • Set staff performance goals and evaluate progress.
  • Community Development Director. 2002-2005. The National Community Development Institute. Oakland, CA.
    • Coordinated organizational development technical assistance for various regional Comprehensive Community Initiatives and public-private ventures.
    • Conceptualized national initiatives and identified funders to invest in projects and leverage funding. Researched community development models and practices through primary and secondary sources. Published tools and articles in professional journals and websites.
  • Program Manager. 1998-2002. The National Economic Development & Law Center. Oakland, CA.
    • Coordinated national projects and multi-year initiatives
    • Coordinated cross-disciplinary teams.
    • Implemented work plans that involved stakeholders in various parts of the country and represented multiple sectors.
    • Community development projects included supportive housing, family support services, asset creation activities, situational assessments, financial analysis, sector analysis, marketing and micro business development.
  • City and County of San Francisco Employment History
    • 1996 Special Assistant to Mayor Willie Brown.
    • 1993-1995 Supervisor Susan Leal. Legislative Aide
  • Education
    • University of Washington. 1989-1991 M.P.A.
    • University of California Berkeley. 1984-1988 B.A. Latin American Studies
    • Denver Peak Academy Lean – Black Belt. 2017
    • Harvard University. 1989
    • John F. Kennedy School of Government Sloan Fellow