Al Zelinka is the City Manager of Riverside, the City of Arts & Innovation. Al’s professional goal is to make a difference in communities, and this aspiration drives his work on behalf of Riverside’s elected leaders, residents, businesses, and staff. His public service roles during the past decade include: Assistant City Manager, and Community Development Director for the City of Riverside; and Community Development Director and Planning Manager for the City of Fullerton.
Prior to his municipal service career, Al was Vice President with RBF Consulting and Principal of RBF Consulting's URBAN DESIGN STUDIO. He has practiced city planning and delivered presentations or training in more than 28 states and the District of Columbia, directed more than 150 projects, and played an active role in another 100. He is the co-author of two books, SafeScape and Placemaking on a Budget, and is Past President of the California Planning Roundtable, a 35-year organization dedicated to advancing the practice and profession of planning and to providing leadership for a better California.
Al graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Planning from Northern Arizona University in 1989 and a Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University in 1991. As Riverside’s City Manager, Al believes that the community and region’s best days are ahead and, anything can be achieved through positive mindsets and commitments to healthy partnerships.
Donesia Gause began a career in public service early in life. Donesia is known for her advocacy, where she prides herself on building bridges across generations, gender, race, and culture to foster a healthy community. Her passion for advocating for others led her to public office. Donesia is currently the City Clerk for the City of Riverside.
Before her work in Riverside, Donesia also served in leadership and management roles Carson, Compton, Baldwin Park, Newport Beach, and Long Beach. She has developed her reputation as a progressive municipal leader.
Donesia graduated from the University of Redlands with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Management. Having a strong belief in professional development, she achieved her Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) designation and became a Certified Elections and Registration Administrator (CERA). Now, she serves as a mentor and a trainer to other California City Clerks aspiring to receive the status of Certified Municipal Clerk.
Donesia serves on the Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP) Advisory Committee. She provides input and technical expertise on voting system modernization, ensuring that integrity and transparency are maintained and expanded to community engagement and voter education.
Donesia sits on the Executive Committee for the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, Los Angeles Chapter. She invests her time to help educate, enhance, encourage and empower men and women of color in the public sector.
Furthermore, she advocates for New Image Emergency Shelter for the Homeless, Inc., hoping to reduce and prevent homelessness throughout LA County.
Donesia Gause has over 20 years of public service experience directly related to serving the needs of others. She is married and a proud mother of three.
Phaedra Norton was appointed City Attorney on July 20, 2021. An attorney specializing in Municipal law, Phaedra has worked for multiple cities throughout California. Phaedra began her municipal career with the City of Modesto in the Central Valley. In Modesto, Phaedra served a variety of city departments including, but not limited to, Police, Fire, Finance, Public Works, and Community and Economic Development. In 2008, Phaedra was appointed to serve as the City Attorney for the City of Turlock. Phaedra was the primary legal advisor to the City Council, Council Committees, City Manager, City Clerk, and All City Departments. Phaedra was responsible for all administrative functions of the Office, along with overseeing and directing the legal affairs of the City from 2008 through 2018. While in Turlock, Phaedra guided the City Council through the Great Recession, the City’s shift from general elections to by-district elections, a comprehensive update of the City’s General Plan, the dissolution of the Redevelopment Agency, and construction of the Carnegie Arts Center, the Public Safety Facility and the Roger Fall Transportation Center, along with other major infrastructure projects. During Phaedra’s time in Turlock, she also served as the City Attorney for the City of Newman, General Counsel to the Stanislaus Regional Water Authority, General Counsel to the Turlock Sub-basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency, and Executive Board and Board Member of the Central San Joaquin Valley Risk Management Authority.
Phaedra served as a Senior Deputy City Attorney for the City of Stockton prior to being appointed as City Attorney for the City of Merced in 2018. Phaedra served as the City Attorney for Merced from 2018 through 2021. She was the primary legal advisor to the City Council, Council Committees, City Manager/City Clerk. Phaedra was responsible for all administrative functions, of the Office along with overseeing and directing a very successful Code Enforcement program, guiding the City’s Charter Review Committee and City Council through several Charter Amendments and all the accompanying Charter changes. She worked closely with the City Manager’s Office and City Departments to implement any applicable recommendations.
Ms. Norton received her Juris Doctorate from Laurence Drivon School of Law (AKA Humphrey’s College School of Law) – Stockton, California, in May 1998.
Dr. Lorissa Villarreal has over eight years of experience in the nonprofit sector supporting vulnerable adult populations both inside Los Angeles County jails and in the community to meet educational and workforce goals. As the Reentry and Workforce Manager, she led the Prison to Employment grant to provide justice-involved and formally justice-involved individuals with support services and subsidized employment opportunities through community partnerships. As the Grants and Assessments Manager for New Opportunities Organization, Lorissa wrote, implemented, managed, and evaluated the WIOA, Title II grant, securing millions of dollars in support of adult education. She spearheaded the development and implementation of local and state-mandated educational assessments and policy and procedures in challenging large-scale county systems across eleven sites.
Lorissa has a Doctorate of Social Work from the University of Southern California, a Master’s of Public Administration with a Nonprofit concentration from the University of La Verne, and a Bachelor’s of Organizational Management from Ashford University. She is a lifelong learner, an innovator, and futurist. Lorissa holds professional memberships and affiliations with the American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare, Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA), Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership (LARRP), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and USC Unchained Scholars.
As an advocate for economically disadvantaged minority populations, her philosophy is to provide meaningful experiences for all people putting equity, diversity, and inclusiveness at the forefront of whole-person care.
Gilbert (Gil) Hernandez has served the City of Riverside for 15 years – recently appointed as the City’s Public Works Director. In this new role, Gil oversees several key services that support the infrastructure of the City, such as street maintenance, urban forestry program, graffiti removal, solid waste services, wastewater services, land development, city engineering, traffic engineering, construction management/inspection, public parking, and others.
For the past three years, Gil has served as the City Engineer and prior to this assignment, served as City Traffic Engineer. Under his leadership and involvement, the Public Works Department contributed substantially to the success of the Riverside Renaissance – by widening Van Buren Boulevard, constructing the Jurupa Avenue, Magnolia Avenue, and Iowa Avenue Railroad Grade Separations, reconstructing the La Sierra Avenue at SR-91 Interchange, reconstructing the Van Buren Boulevard at SR-91 Interchange, and contributing to the successful completion of the Downtown Beautification Project. Gil has also been part of other large and impactful projects and programs including the Quiet Zone Project along the BNSF railroad line between Buchanan Street and Mary Street, SR-91 HOV Project, Columbia Avenue, Streeter Avenue, and Riverside Avenue Grade Separations, and the successful implementation of Build Riverside to provide a business-friendly development experience.
Under his direction, the City constructed the Traffic Management Center and contributed to the 2012 Most Intelligent Community award for committing to broadband, Citywide innovation, and an intelligent approach to implementing change. Other notable awards received by the Public Works Department include the Large Project Achievement Award over $100 million for the Wastewater Quality Control Plant Phase 1 Rehabilitation and Expansion Project by Construction Management Association of America (2018) and Fuel Cell Project and Future Bio-Gas/Energy Plan Award from the Industrial Environment Association (2018).
Gil holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and is a licensed Civil and Traffic Engineer in California.
Jennifer A. Lilley, AICP was selected as Director of Community and Economic Development in December 2022. She brings to the city more than 30 years of experience in economic development and planning in both the public and private sectors, including nearly eight years as the head of her own firm overseeing more than 50 professional planners serving over 60 cities throughout California.
Prior to joining the City of Riverside, Lilley spent two years as the Director of Community and Economic Development in Stanton and was the City Planner in Brea for five years before that. She was President/Principal of Lilley Planning Group from 2007-2015, where she provided community and economic development services to cities throughout California along with leading several significant engagement efforts including “Listening to the City” – visioning the World Trade Center rebuilding project, “California Speaks” – a statewide conversation on healthcare and the national “Internet for Everyone” campaign.
Lilley is known for being a creative problem solver as evidenced by her extensive experience working on public-private partnerships, complex mixed-use developments, affordable housing, and in engaging the community on both individual projects and larger community visions. She also has experience facilitating community conversations with universities and colleges, reimagining regional malls and retail spaces, and has successfully implemented techniques to engage hard to reach audiences through the use of municipal podcasts, YouTube video series and going to stakeholders to facilitate interactive pop-up experiences.
“I have long admired and want to continue the City’s tradition of being a national leader in the wide array of best practices, like the nation’s best in-person and virtual One Stop Shop, a nationally recognized resilient food ecosystem, USA Today’s top ranked public light display Festival of Lights, and the incredible body of work in community planning and neighborhood engagement. I am so excited to contribute to such a diverse and dynamic community and look forward to ensuring Riverside remains a great place to live, work, and invest.”
As founder of Lilley Planning Group, she was responsible for managing staff, projects, clients, and services. As a working principal in the firm, Jennifer provided project management, entitlement processing and facilitation for the firm’s clients, earning recognition at the local and state levels from the American Planning Association as an innovator, mentor, and leader.
Lilley received her Bachelor of Science in Urban & Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), is second vice-president of the Planning Director Association of Orange County and has been the Section Director and an active board member in the American Planning Association, California State Chapter.
Appointed as City Clerk in August of 1996, Colleen J. Nicol brings over thirty years of experience in the municipal clerk profession to Riverside, a diverse southern California full-service city of 312,000 residents and 112,000 registered voters.
Nicol embraces integration of new technology and open government initiatives. Nicol championed EngageRiverside.com, the City’s transparency portal. Nicol oversees the City’s Public Records Advocate and upcoming on-line tool for public records requests. In addition to providing legislative support to the Mayor and City Council, Nicol conducts all municipal elections, oversees the Citywide records retention program, administers board and commission recruitment, and operates a Passport Acceptance Facility.
Nicol served on the City Clerks Association of California Board of Directors continuously from 1992 to 2007 and as its President in 2000-01. She trains at California’sTechnical Training for Clerks, mentors municipal clerks regarding IIMC certification, and is the former Chair of Continuing Education for Public Officials.
Nicol is a Past President of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, served seven years on its Board of Directors, and currently is Vice-Chair of its Program Review and Certification Committee. In May 2015 Nicol was named President of the Municipal Clerks Education Foundation.
Nicol received the Quill Award in May of 2002 and was named the City Clerks Association of California City Clerk of the Year in 2006. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.
Mr. Corbin has 31 years of business experience here in Southern California with the last 29 years made up of extensive public sector finance, utility operations and management experience serving mostly in the Inland Empire. He currently serves as the Utilities General Manager for the City of Riverside leading the activities of the water and electric public utilities for California’s 12th largest city over the past 3 years. He also leads the Environmental Stewardship team in pursuit of the Envision Riverside 2025 strategic plan goals. Prior to joining Riverside Public Utilities, he worked as the General Manager for the Jurupa Community Services District and in various management leadership capacities for the Cucamonga Valley Water District, which fueled his passion for innovation and sustainability and the Rowland Water District, which sparked his love for public agency service to the community.
He is anchored by his wife of 32 years and their three sons and two daughters-in-law. Orange County has been called home for the past 32 years after heading west from a small town outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Of course, the Steelers are first in his heart for sports teams but have adopted the Lakers and Angels to prove his transplanted California roots.
Lea Deesing is currently serving as the City of Riverside’s Assistant City Manager. Previously, she served as the City’s Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) for the City of Riverside for five years, during which time her sixty-person technology team received national recognition for work in government transparency, cybersecurity, project management, mobile applications, smart city initiatives, workforce development, and more. In 2017, Riverside received a 5th place ranking in the “Digital Cities Award”, it received a “Best of California Award” from the Center for Digital Government, a “Strategic Leadership and Governance” award for its cybersecurity initiatives from the International City Management Association (ICMA), and many other technology-related rankings, designations, and awards. As CIO, Lea served on a number of professional organizations and advisory boards and was well-known in the industry for her articles and speeches on government transparency, social media, career advice, and Smart City technology use within government. For five years, Lea also served as the Executive Director of SmartRiverside, a 501c3 nonprofit aimed at narrowing the digital divide through education and technology.
Lea has worked in local government since 1997. Her goal in public service has been to make a positive difference by helping government agencies become more efficient and effective through digital transformation and innovative thinking. Prior to the City of Riverside, she served as an Associate Vice Chancellor for the Riverside Community College District, as a director for the City of San Bernardino, and in various management positions at the cities of Fontana and Moreno Valley. Before entering public service, Lea worked for more than a decade in the private sector, including eight years at the software firm Esri in Redlands. Lea holds a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills, a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems degree from the University of Redlands, and an Associate in Science degree from Crafton Hills College. She was recognized as the “Outstanding Alumna” in 2016 by Crafton Hills College.
Rafael Guzman has 21 years of municipal government experience, including 16 years in executive roles including Assistant City Manager, Director of Community and Economic Development and Director of Planning. As the City’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, he established cross-cutting teams formed around the triple bottom line: social responsibility, economic prosperity and environmental stewardship. He was the only local government representative selected by California’s Strategic Growth Council to speak at the first climate scientist gathering in Sacramento, California at the “Science to Action - Climate Change Symposium” in 2019.
Guzman led a multi-departmental customer centric initiative called Streamline Riverside. In collaboration with eight development service departments and the community, the multiple award winning Streamline Riverside transformed the delivery of service by fostering greater transparency, eliminating barriers and facilitating record investment. Streamline Riverside and its One Stop Shop continues to host best practice tour requests with over 100 cities from across California and cities from eight different states taking part.
Under Guzman’s leadership, the City received has also received awards in the areas of Best Practices, Climate Action, Sustainability, Historic Preservation, Planning, Economic Development, Adaptive Reuse of Buildings, Affordable Veteran’s Housing, Local Food Systems, Ending Homelessness, Food Waste to Energy and more.
Guzman received his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Analysis and Design from the University of California, Irvine. He earned his Master of Environmental Science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry in Syracuse, New York.
Moises A. Lopez serves as Deputy City Manager for the City of Riverside, where he is responsible for overseeing the General Services Department, the Office of Homeless Solutions, as well as implementing the City’s advocacy efforts at the local, regional, state and federal level. Moises has over 13 years of experience in the public sector having worked previously in the Community and Economic Development Department and City Manager’s Office. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
Carlie Myers serves as Deputy City Manager for the City of Riverside, where she is responsible for overseeing the CalPERS Challenge Team, the Ward Action Teams, and the Community Police Review Commission Division. Carlie has over 19 years of experience in the public sector having worked previously in the City Manager’s Office, the Community and Economic Development Department and the Fire Department. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Chief Larry Gonzalez is a 25-year veteran of the Riverside Police Department. He was hired as a Police Officer in September 1993 where he worked as a Field Training Officer, Gang Unit Investigator, and a member of the Department’s Defensive Tactics Training Unit. In November 2001, Larry was promoted to Sergeant. As a Sergeant, he worked patrol and was later transferred to the Chief’s Office where he worked as the Personnel and Training Sergeant. Larry was the Department’s Training Coordinator during the time the department was under the Attorney General’s stipulated agreement and played a pivotal role in meeting the training demands during that time period.
In March 2005, Larry was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. As a Lieutenant, Larry worked as a Watch Commander, the East Area Commander, Special Weapons and Tactics/Aviation Commander, and the Support Services Lieutenant. He also held collateral assignments as the K9 Commander and Force Training Unit Manager. In May 2015, Larry was promoted to Captain where he maintained management oversight of the Support Services Division (Personnel, Training, Internal Affairs, Records, and Dispatch). In May 2017, Larry was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief of Police where he was assigned as the Administrative Deputy Chief. As Deputy Chief of Administration, Larry provides oversight to the Support Services Division, Administrative Services Division, and the Community Services Bureau. The Deputy Chief also participates in activities involving personnel, Internal Affairs, training, public information, and assists with policy development and implementation.
Larry has been an instructor at the Riverside Sheriff’s Academy for over 20 years where he teaches Use of Force, Internal Affairs, Laws of Arrest, Defensive Tactics, Civil Liability, and various supervision courses. He is recognized as Subject Matter Expert in Police Use of Force in both the State of California and Federal Court. He has been a panelist and guest speaker at several venues related to Use of Force in Law Enforcement and has served on various Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) committees.
Larry earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy class #233 in 2008, and Senior Management Institute for Police sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) in August 2016.
George holds a Master’s degree in Information Security Engineering from the SANS Technology Institute. His professional experience spans over 20 years leading enterprise networks, servers, storage, and security infrastructure. George has been leading enterprise security architecture, compliance, auditing and policy development for government agencies, critical infrastructure, and law enforcement sectors. Before public service, He also worked for several Fortune 500’s, and Fortune 1000’s such as EarthLink Networks, SeeBeyond Technologies, and Sun Microsystems. Under George’s leadership, The City of Riverside’s won the 2017 program excellence award by the International City / County management association for its next-generation municipal cybersecurity program.
In addition to his experience, George is also a certified intrusion analyst, incident handler, network, and systems auditor, Forensic Analyst, Project Manager and Certified Security Expert. He also published several peer-reviewed papers on the topics of iOS messaging security, secure network engineering, password security, project management, High throughput Intrusion Analysis and Forensic network design. George’s data loss prevention article was featured on the cover of the July 2017 edition of western cities magazine and republished by PublicCEO.com. George presented at SANS Network Security Conferences, Southern California Mayor’s conference, City Clerk’s Association of California, Inland Empire security summit, Cyber Security for Critical Infrastructure, Riverside chamber of commerce and is a member of the GIAC Advisory Board.
Stephanie Holloman is Human Resources Director for the City of Riverside. She oversees the department in all functional areas such as recruitment and selection; employee and labor relations; classification and compensation; benefits and wellness; safety and training; and workers’ compensation.
Before joining the City of Riverside in 2017, she spent 12 years in key positions at the City of Los Angeles. Stephanie spent nine years with the Port of Los Angeles, the #1 Port in America, where she established a training and career development program that improved safety and morale by providing more than 12,000 hours of training for employees and created a Port Fellowship program for Master’s degree students interested in government careers. Stephanie also served as a senior policy analyst for then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in the budget and performance management unit.
Stephanie graduated from UCLA with a degree in political science and was recognized with the Dean’s Award for Commitment to Community Service. She earned her J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and worked as operations director for a Los Angeles firm that built affordable housing for low-income families before becoming a legal intern at the Public Counsel Law Center in Los Angeles, overseeing a program that protected the rights of foster children.
As the Human Resources Director, Stephanie hopes to champion career pathway programs, mentorship and internship programs, workforce development and strategic partnerships with Universities, Colleges and Trade Schools. She plans to use her experience to lead an organization that focuses on ensuring that the City of Riverside has a vibrant, highly skilled, and diverse workforce.
Michael Moore was sworn in as the 21st Fire Chief for the City of Riverside Fire Department on August 26, 2014. He was born in raised in the City of Long Beach and attended elementary and Jr. High School there. He graduated from near-by Bellflower High School in 1979.
Coming to the City with over 32 years of experience, he started his career in the fire service with the Orange County Fire Department in 1982 as a Firefighter, and worked his way up the ranks to Division Chief (local Fire Chief).
While with OCFA, he served as a Battalion Chief and headed their Operations Training and Safety Section for five years and was the Training Section lead on the design team for the new Regional Fire Operations and Training Center facility. He also worked in the department’s busiest operation battalion for nearly four years and served as a Task Force Leader on the department’s Urban Search and Rescue Team (California Task Force 5).
In 2008 he was promoted to Division Chief where he served as the local Fire Chief for four cities: Yorba Linda, Tustin, Placentia and Villa Park. In 2001 he became the Division Chief (local Fire Chief) for the City of Irvine.
Chief Moore is a graduate of California State University Long Beach with Masters Degree in Public Administration, Redlands University with a Bachelors in Management, Long Beach City College with an Associates Degree in Fire Science and Santa Ana College with an Associates Degree in Paramedical Sciences. He is a California State Certified Instructor and Fire Officer. Chief Moore graduated from the National Fire Academy in Emmittsburg, Maryland completing the four-year Executive Fire Officer Program. He is active in his fraternity - Sigma Pi Fi and Rotary International.
As our Fire Chief, he brings an extensive background in various aspects of the fire service and is committed to staying active in specialize training opportunities, strategic planning, accreditation and preparing our city for future challenges.
His focus is to update our Department’s Strategic Plan, a document that is an overall umbrella of our goals, objectives and mission statement, and to look forward to the needs of the department and the city; and review and update the Standards of Cover that ensures we are providing the best service and coverage for the city through established response time criteria.
Chief Moore resides in the City of Riverside with his wife Robyne of 32 years and they have two adult children, Candace and Cameron. His hobbies are supporting local sports teams (Anaheim Angels and San Diego Chargers), camping, working out at the local gym (weights, running and racquetball), motorcycling, bicycling and restoring 60’s and 70’s muscle cars.
Edward Enriquez is Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for the City of Riverside, a position he has held since 2018. Prior to becoming the CFO, Edward was the Assistant Chief Financial Officer, Controller and Assistant Controller, and has been with the City since 2012. As CFO, Edward has oversight over the City’s $1.1 billion budget, $1.8 million debt portfolio, all financial accounting & reporting, treasury management, procurement, and business license. Additionally, Edward is a liaison with the Budget Engagement Commission, and as the Treasurer is responsible for the City’s $800 million investment portfolio.
Edward has extensive financial management experience, including debt funding, cash forecasting and management, internal control systems, grant accounting, public transit management, SEC and public reporting, pension plans, and auditing of international entities.
Under Edward’s leadership the City successfully navigated the financial uncertainties of the pandemic on City finances. He has implemented cost savings strategies such as the issuance of a $432 million pension obligation bond that is projected to save the City $170 million over the life of the bond.
Edward began his career in public accounting as an auditor with Ernst & Young LLP. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Southern California.
Erin has over 10 years of professional library experience. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Occidental College and a Master of Library Information Science from San Jose State University. For the last ten months, Erin has done an incredible job serving as the Interim Library Director for the Riverside Public Library. Before being named Interim Library Director, Erin was the Assistant Library Director for Riverside Public Library since July 2016.
Prior to working for Riverside Public Library, Erin worked for Santa Clarita Public Library, San Bernardino County Public Library and the University of California, Riverside Science Library (now Orbach Science Library). In Santa Clarita, Erin was most recently the Assistant Library Director and Branch Manager of the Old Town Newhall Library.
As Interim Library Director for Riverside, Erin led the 2018 Riverside Reads campaign, the Toy Lending Library project and the CENIC upgrade projects for the Riverside Public Library. Erin is active in the California Library Association and was the Chair of Local Arrangements for the 2017 CLA Annual Conference hosted in Riverside. She has an entry on romance fiction in public libraries that will publish this month in the Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction and writes book reviews for United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.
Adam Raymond is the Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer for the City of Riverside, overseeing a fiscal budget of more than billion and a staff of more than 60. He is a seasoned municipal government professional, having audited cities/countieworked in the City Manager’s Office of multiple Southern California cities, and worked in leadership roles in Innovation Technology and Finance Department at the City of Riverside.
Since joining the City’s Finance Department in 2016, Adam played an integral role in the adoption of the City’s first two-year budget in the context of a five-year plan. He assisted with the development of a Business Tax Action plan, in conjunction with the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, aimed at making the Business Tax Division operate more efficiently and become more customer friendly. He was also instrumental in coordinating the workplan and recommendations for the Five-Year Measure Z Spending Plan and leads the City’s 18-member Budget Engagement Commission. Most recently, he is leading the effort to streamline the City’s purchasing system and insource the Risk Management function.
Adam has been with the City of Riverside for more than six years. Prior to joining the City’s Finance Department, Adam served as the Deputy Chief Innovation Officer for the City’s Innovation and Technology Department, where he led the development of departmental and citywide policies and an effort to focus on customer service. He has also served the City of Riverside in roles in Internal Audit and the City Manager’s Office.
Adam earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of La Verne and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from California Baptist University. He is a proud Riverside resident, and is happiest spending time with his wife and two children.
Robyn G. Peterson began as the Museum of Riverside’s director on December 20, 2017. She has been a museum administrator and curator since the mid-1980s. She was Executive Director of the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana, from 2006-2017, successfully pursuing a $7.5-million capital and endowment campaign, and building the region’s first publicly accessible art storage vault and museum study center. Prior to that she was in charge of collections, exhibitions, and programming at Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, California, from 1999-2006, during its multi-phased expansion into a 300-acre interdisciplinary cultural site serving northern California. From 1988 to 1999, she was Curator of Collections and Exhibitions for the Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York, an art museum devoted to the art of the American West. Peterson holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.A. from UCLA; she specializes in art, history, interdisciplinary interpretation, and the cultural history of Scandinavia. She was born in San Francisco and raised in southern California
Kris Martinez has served the City of Riverside for 28 years – recently appointed as Assistant City Manager. In this new role, Kris provides general oversight over the Finance, General Services, Parks, Recreation and Community Services, Public Utilities and Public Works departments.
Kris previously served as the City’s Public Works Director for almost six years. In this capacity, she oversaw several key services that support the infrastructure of the City, such as street maintenance, urban forestry program, solid waste services, wastewater services, animal control, city engineering, traffic engineering, construction management, public parking and others. During her tenure, Kris was successful in placing more strategic focus and efforts with the City-wide pavement management program.
She also previously served as the City’s General Services Director for ten years. Under her leadership, the General Services Department contributed substantially to the success of the Riverside Renaissance – by building the Grier Pavilion, renovating City Hall and the award winning Riverside Convention Center, rehabilitating the Riverside Municipal Auditorium, as well as overseeing construction of the Fox Entertainment Plaza, the new downtown Fire Station and many other capital improvement projects. In addition to a successful capital projects division, she was also responsible for overseeing the Riverside Municipal Airport, publishing services, and city facilities and fleet.
During Ms. Martinez’ career with the City of Riverside, she also held leadership positions with Parks and Recreation, Fire Department and the City Manager’s Office.
She holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from California State University, San Bernardino and a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Administrative Studies from University of California, Riverside. She also graduated from the Leadership Riverside program in 2005.
Appointed by City Management June 2, 2014, Adolfo Cruz currently serves as the City of Riverside’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director, leading a department of 350+ employees. Selected for his 24 years of direct parks and recreation experience, ability to provide innovative recreational and social enrichment opportunities, and his vision to address the changing needs for people of all ages and cultures, Mr. Cruz administers first-class programs and services in a variety of safe and attractive parks, trails, landscapes and facilities.
Adolfo’s executive team includes Deputy Directors Mario Lara and Robin Metz, Parks Superintendent Andrew Emery, Principal Park Planner Randy McDaniel, Senior Management Gabbi Garcia and Administrative Analyst Mayra Ocampo. Together the team manages a $20M department budget, 295.7 acres of developed land, 17 community and senior centers, and 7 city-wide pools.
Adolfo brings a deep working knowledge of Parks and Recreation operations. Prior to joining the City of Riverside, Adolfo worked with the City of San Jose, Department of Parks and Recreation, as a Recreation Program Coordinator. He continued his career with the City of Stockton, Community Services and Recreation Division as Recreation Supervisor, Recreation Superintendent, and lastly, as Deputy Director, where he played a critical role in city and community development.
Adolfo holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. He is a member of National Parks and Recreation Association (NRPA) and California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS).
During his time with the City of Riverside, Adolfo plans to use his experiences and skills to lead an organization in delivering the highest quality of services to its’ community!
Carl Carey began his year career with the City of Riverside in 2005 with the Development Department. There he served as the Capital Improvements Manager for seven years and was involved in the planning and construction management of numerous Renaissance projects, including the state of the art Emergency Operations Center, the Urban Search and Rescue building, rehabilitation of the historic Arlington Library, Museum of Riverside, and the historic Fox Theater.
Carl transitioned to the General Services Department in 2012 to lead construction oversight of economic development and public use projects including the Fox Entertainment Plaza, Downtown Fire Station, Municipal Auditorium rehabilitation, and the award winning Convention Center expansion and rehabilitation.
Carl served as Assistant General Services Director for one and a half years prior to his 2015 appointment to General Services Director. Carl oversees daily operations and administration of Building Services and Facility maintenance, Capital Projects, Fleet Services, Publishing Services, and the Riverside Municipal Airport. Prior to his public service, Carl worked for private construction and management firms. He also served on the City of Temecula Planning Commission for approximately nine years.
Cheryl L. Johannes has been the City’s first Internal Audit Manager, joining Riverside in March 2005. Prior to 2005, Johannes served for over 23 years in several management positions within Finance, Product Marketing, Workforce Packard, co-leading several change management projects in order to increase product and service revenues, reduce costs Development and Corporate Internal Audit for Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto, CA. Johannes traveled worldwide for Hewlett-and improve processes/procedures. In 2002 she joined mundy a start-up consulting firm, working with various high-tech and pharmaceutical companies on new product pricing strategies.
Johannes graduated from Kansas State University with a B.S. in Business Administration/Accounting. Through sponsorship of Hewlett-Packard she attended several graduate courses at Stanford University. In her current position in Riverside, she is active with the Association of Local Government Auditors, and recognized with two Knighton awards for her comprehensive audit reports.