has been appointed as Redwood City’s new community development and
transportation director following the departure of Aaron Aknin in
February, which prompted a national executive search.
appointment begins Aug. 19. He was described by Redwood City officials
as a highly experienced innovator who formerly served as community
development director in Menlo Park, overseeing the city’s planning,
building, housing and economic development divisions. In Menlo Park, he
managed department staff in processing significant mixed-use development
projects including an 8-acre Stanford University mixed-use project, and
the proposed 60-acre Facebook Willow Village.
Prior to his work
in Menlo Park, he served as a department head for the City of Evanston,
Ill., managing planning, housing, building/inspection, and city
transportation. His reorganization of the department led to record
building permit revenue, improved project review processes and
implementations of an inclusionary housing ordinance and
transit-oriented development projects, according to a statement by
Muenzer also served as Evanston’s first LGBT Liaison connecting city government to the community’s LGBT residents.
“Mark has an
outstanding reputation as an urban planning professional and leader,”
said Melissa Stevenson Diaz, city manager of Redwood City. “Mark has
broad experience with complex projects, and a creative and visionary
mindset. His demonstrated ability to bring together stakeholders with
diverse interests will be an asset for Redwood City.”
Muenzer said he is “thrilled” to join Redwood City.
“The City of
Redwood City has a progressive reputation where it values collaboration
with a diverse community,” he said in a statement. “I look forward to
leading a team of professional staff to serve the community and further
the City’s mission.”
Muenzer, who lives
in downtown San Jose, has also held management roles in Chicago’s
planning department, as well as for the City of Countryside, Ill. and as
contract services manager for the Hamilton County Development Company,
He holds a Master
of Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati, with a
concentration in economic development planning, and a Bachelor of Arts,
Political Science from Gannon University, with a concentration in
business administration, according to the city of Redwood City.
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