City of Redwood City logoMelissa Stevenson Diaz announced the appointment of Jeff Schwob as the City’s community development director today following an open and competitive recruitment process. The Community Development Department works to guide the physical growth, development and preservation of the City under the policy direction of the City Council in conjunction with other City departments. Department efforts include current and advanced planning, building code and Municipal Code compliance, development services, historic review and environmental review.

“In serving as the interim community development director, Jeff has brought over 30 years of invaluable experience from Bay Area cities to Redwood City,” said City Manager Melissa Stevenson Diaz. “I am delighted he will be our director on an ongoing basis; I know he will effectively lead and support our staff, and connect well with a wide range of stakeholders.”

Jeff’s career began in the County of Alameda, with progressively responsible experience in San Rafael, Santa Rosa and Fremont, where he served as community development director. Since 2018, he has continued his public service with interim assignments, including as interim community development director for Walnut Creek and most recently, holding the same position in Redwood City.

Throughout his career, Jeff has earned widespread recognition for his ingenuity as a creative problem solver, his exceptional managerial skills, and his role as a mentor dedicated to fostering talent and continuous improvement. He has particular strengths in urban planning, architectural design and public engagement, and broad experience in all aspects of community development. He has Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Oregon.

“I look forward to continuing to serve the vibrant Redwood City community, leveraging my experience to guide and contribute to its growth and preservation,” Schwob said.

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