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Greetings from the City Manager

A community message from new City Manager, Deanna J. Santana

Post Date:10/05/2017

Deanna SantanaGreetings Santa Clara,

A few weeks ago, the Santa Clara Council appointed me to serve as the City’s next City Manager. With humility and honor, I accept the responsibility to administer and manage our City in service to our residents, businesses, and visitors.   

It is important for me to acknowledge the many greetings already graciously welcoming me to the City of Santa Clara.  The City’s warm welcome shines and I am grateful!

As background, I started my career in public service about 23 years ago and have worked for the cities of Sunnyvale, Oakland, and San Jose.  

With deep roots in this region, the City of Santa Clara is no stranger to me and I have family members that live here—including my 95-year old Great Aunt. I am a third-generation Silicon Valley native that was born and raised in Mountain View and a graduate of Los Altos High School. I come from an entrepreneurial family that owned two small businesses, asphalt and concrete, and has significant sweat equity in building this region since post World War II. Santa Clara is personally familiar to me as a place of shopping, dining, and family reunions/gatherings at Central Park and I have observed its change over the past 40+ years. I am married to a public-school teacher and am the proud mother of two school-aged children (15 and 9 years old). I hold two Bachelor of Art degrees from U.C. Berkeley and a Master of City Planning from MIT. I am also active in the Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School where my area of emphasis is on governance and board roles/responsibilities.

I hope that my personal and professional familiarity with the City of Santa Clara accelerates the incredible “learning curve” that I will undergo over the upcoming months. As we all know, Santa Clara has a great community, with a high quality of life, and is a place of great opportunity with extraordinary assets within its borders – engaged residents, outstanding educational institutions, a vibrant business community, and world-class entertainment venues.

Over the next few months, while I become familiar with our community, I hope to meet many of you at community events, stakeholder meetings, or for a chat in a nearby coffee place to learn about your community issues, organization, and ideas for improving our City. 

Again, thank you very much for the many warm greetings and I look forward to getting to know you as I settle in as part of this incredible community.


Deanna J. Santana

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