2/11/2022 City of Mountain View Media Release City of Mountain View
Office of the City Manager
500 Castro St., 3rd Floor
Mountain View, CA 94039

MEDIA RELEASE 02112022-1
Subject :

City’s First Chief Sustainability and Resiliency Officer to Lead Sustainability Division
Contact : Lenka Wright
Chief Communications Officer

Mountain View, Calif. — City Manager Kimbra McCarthy announced today the hiring of Danielle Lee as Mountain View’s first Chief Sustainability and Resiliency Officer following a competitive recruitment process. This new position will lead the accomplished Sustainability Division in the City Manager’s Office. Lee has over 17 years of local government experience, most recently as the Assistant Director in the Office of Sustainability with the County of San Mateo. Her start date is March 7.

“Danielle Lee is a dynamic professional who has significant experience developing policies and implementing programs that foster sustainability, resilience, and community well-being,” said City Manager Kimbra McCarthy. “As the City’s first Chief Sustainability and Resiliency Officer, Danielle has an ideal skill set to collaborate across the City organization and with community partners to set and accomplish Mountain View’s vision for a sustainable future.”

“I am overjoyed to have this opportunity to lead the sustainability program for the City of Mountain View, a city that is leading the way regionally in building a sustainable community,” said Lee. “I’m particularly excited about sustainability and resiliency from the lens of building a stronger and more connected community for everyone.”

Lee has worked for the County of San Mateo since 2005 in progressively responsible positions, starting in the Public Works Department working on water conservation, pollution prevention, energy efficiency, waste reduction and recycling. Following this, she took a position as Management Analyst and was promoted to Principal Analyst in the County Manager’s Office, working on budget, performance and finance. Most recently, Lee has served for the past six years as Assistant Director in the Office of Sustainability, where she has collaborated with the County's team on the incubation of Peninsula Clean Energy, a local Community Choice Aggregation Program; launch of Climate Ready SMC, a countywide climate collaborative to build leadership and collaboration for inclusive climate solutions; expansion of Shift, the San Mateo County employee commuter benefits program; and hosting a water summit that convened stakeholders and addressed water management issues in San Mateo County. In the early 2000s, Lee volunteered as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, Africa for over two years. She has a Master of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Biology from U.C. Berkley.

Lee’s responsibilities as Chief Sustainability and Resiliency Officer will include serving as a key advisor to the City’s executive leadership in support of the City’s sustainability and resiliency objectives; developing plans, policies and programs to achieve carbon neutrality, resiliency, adaptability and equity; overseeing implementation of the Sustainability Action Plan; building collaborative relationships and overseeing communication and outreach plans to promote community, private sector and City employee participation in sustainability initiatives; among other duties. She will also serve as the staff liaison to the Council Sustainability Committee.

Learn more about the City's Sustainability Division.

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About the City of Mountain View
Located between the Santa Cruz Mountains and San Francisco Bay, Mountain View is a diverse community with an estimated population of 82,814. Mountain View covers just over 12 square miles, featuring over 1,000 acres of park and wildlife areas including the 750-acre wildlife and recreation area called Shoreline at Mountain View. In the heart of Silicon Valley, Mountain View is home to a vibrant downtown and headquarters to many nationally and internationally known corporations including Google, LinkedIn, Intuit and NASA Ames Research Center. For more information, visit MountainView.gov.