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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 051221-2
City Manager Appoints Meredith Reynolds as Special Deputy City Manager for Recovery
Joe Ambrosini
Director of Human Resources

Headshot photo of Meredith Reynolds
Long Beach, CA – Today, City Manager Tom Modica announced the appointment of Meredith Reynolds to the new position of Special Deputy City Manager for Recovery, responsible for leading the City’s efforts in implementing the
Long Beach Recovery Act to fund various economic, public health and fiscal initiatives critically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Meredith has been an essential asset to our City leadership team, and continues to showcase excellent, innovative approaches in public administration, ensuring the best for those who live, work and visit our city,” said City Manager Tom Modica. “Her professionalism and passion for public service is evident, and I am confident that the Long Beach Recovery Act will thrive under her leadership.”

As Special Deputy City Manager for Recovery, Ms. Reynolds will oversee all aspects of implementation for the approved $234 million Long Beach Recovery Act. She will lead a dedicated team within the Office of the City Manager and direct all associated City response efforts, including the coordination of City Department programs, outreach and communications, grant application opportunities, and the delivery of funds and services to Long Beach residents, businesses and workers critically impacted by the pandemic.

“I am honored to be chosen to lead Long Beach’s important economic recovery efforts, critical to so many in our community,” said Reynolds. “This is an incredibly meaningful opportunity to contribute to our recovery efforts and support my community in resiliently building back better.” 

Ms. Reynolds is currently the Park Planning and Partnership Bureau Manager for the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine and was recently assigned to the Health and Human Services Department where she developed the City’s COVID-19 testing program, which has administered nearly half a million tests since the start of the pandemic. Previously she served as the Long Beach Park Development Officer, Community Services Manager and Environmental Programs Administrator for the City of Irvine, and Sustainability Coordinator with the Long Beach Office of Sustainability.

Ms. Reynolds brings 15 years of experience in community and staff engagement, user-centered design, relationship building and partnerships, strategic planning, grant writing and budgeting, land use planning, and project management in the fields of community services, parks and recreation, sustainability, and public sector management in some of California's most diverse, well-run, and award-winning cities.

Ms. Reynolds holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration with a minor in Organizational Communication from California State University, Chico. She has also received a Certificate in Advanced Public Engagement from the Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University, is an alumnus of the Coro Fellowship Program in Public Affairs, and is a member of the City’s racial equity cohort, which builds skills for advancing racial equity efforts in government, from the Government Alliance on Race and Equity.

Nancy Villasenor, currently serving as Capital Projects Coordinator for the Department of Public Works, will take over as Park Planning and Partnerships Bureau Manager once Ms. Reynolds begins her new role as Special Deputy City Manager for Recovery.