City of Irvine logoAfter an extensive national search, City Manager Oliver C. Chi named Stephanie Frady as the new director of Community Development. This selection marks the culmination of a rigorous recruitment and comprehensive review process.

Stephanie has been an integral part of the Irvine community since joining the Community Development Department in 2013. Prior to this role, she held numerous key positions, including associate, senior and principal planner, planning administrator and manager of current planning.

As director of Community Development, she will be responsible for managing, planning and organizing all programs and activities in the Community Development Department, including Building & Safety, Planning and Development Services, Business Licensing and Code Enforcement.

“Stephanie’s dedication to community planning and development, combined with her genuine commitment to our core values, makes her the perfect leader for this crucial role,” said City Manager Oliver C. Chi. “She has expertly and adroitly demonstrated a remarkable ability to bring people together and lead complex projects with poise and vision. I am confident that Stephanie will excel as our Community Development director and help steer Irvine towards a thriving future.”

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California and a Masters of Public Policy from Pepperdine University. She is a member in good standing of the American Planning Association, holds an American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification, and has over 20 years of professional planning experience.

About the City of Irvine

Since its incorporation in 1971, Irvine has become a nationally recognized city, with a population of 303,051 that spans 66 square miles and is recognized as one of America’s safest and most successful master-planned urban communities. Top-rated educational institutions, an enterprising business atmosphere, sound environmental stewardship, and respect for diversity all contribute to Irvine’s enviable quality of life. This family-friendly city features more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space and is the home of Great Park. For more information, please visit