Gutierrez has spent over 20 years in public service and has been an instrumental part of the City’s leadership team for the last five years. She brings a wealth of experience and a strong commitment to enhancing the community’s quality of life.
Anita Gutierrez has been an exemplary public servant, demonstrating unwavering dedication to the City of Pomona since 2018. Her journey with the City began as the planning manager and then director of Development Services, where she successfully directed and oversaw various divisions, including Building and Safety, Planning and Code Enforcement. In this role, Anita managed pivotal commissions, including Planning, Cultural Arts and Historic Preservation. In her latest role as assistant city manager, Anita exhibited exceptional leadership, overseeing Development Services and Public Works Departments with utmost competence and commitment.
With over two decades of experience in the local, state and federal government sectors, Anita has an impressive track record of leading teams and communities in transformative work, development and growth. Her expertise extends across numerous areas within Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire, addressing complex planning, real estate development, land use, regulatory challenges, policy development and implementation.
Exemplifying Pomona’s core values, Anita’s leadership style is defined by collaboration, inclusivity, innovation and resourcefulness. She is recognized for her ability to facilitate cooperation among stakeholders with diverse interests, including neighborhood representatives, the development community and other agency partners. Anita’s dedication to refining Pomona’s development review process, elevating internal review systems and enhancing external customer service has solidified her reputation for attentive listening, fairness, practicality and a keen ability to find effective solutions.
Anita holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from California State University, San Bernardino, and a Master’s in Planning from the University of Southern California (USC). She will complete a Doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership from USC in May 2024. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and an active member in the League of California Cities. She is deeply rooted in Southern California, where she has dedicated her career to serving the public and helping the community collectively shape their living environment.
The City of Pomona is confident that Anita’s extensive experience and unwavering commitment to the community will be invaluable as she assumes the role of acting city manager. Her leadership and dedication to enhancing the City’s prosperity and well-being are commendable, and we look forward to the positive impact she will continue to make in her new role.
“We are fortunate to have Anita stepping in to lead our City team. Her leadership is a pillar of stability for the City. With an unwavering commitment to communication, thoughtful decision-making and the overall well-being of our City organization and community, we are confident that the City is now under the guidance of an exceptionally capable leader,” said Mayor Tim Sandoval.
“I am deeply passionate about public service, and I am grateful for the opportunity to demonstrate my leadership abilities in service to our City,” Gutierrez said. “The Pomona team is like no other, and I am thankful to be a part of this exceptionally dynamic and dedicated organization.