(Mountain View, Calif.)— Aarti Shrivastava will be joining the Mountain View leadership team as Assistant City Manager/Director of the Community Development Department. With more than 25 years of experience in municipal planning and management, Shrivastava will bring her strong background in neighborhood building, community collaboration and leveraging regional partnerships to Mountain View. She is expected to start on February 5, filling the position of the former Community Development director, Randy Tsuda, who left the City in late 2018 to lead the non-profit Palo Alto Housing Corporation.
Shrivastava currently serves as Assistant City Manager and Community Development Director for Cupertino, where she has been since 2009. Prior to Cupertino, she was the Planning Manager and Principal Planner for Mountain View from 2004-2008.
“We are excited to welcome Aarti back to Mountain View. Her deep knowledge of Mountain View and the unique issues of our region, as well as her urban planning and collaborative leadership skills will be a tremendous benefit to the City. Given the importance of planning and thoughtful development, and given her extensive management experience, I felt it was appropriate to establish the position at the Assistant City Manager level,” said City Manager Dan Rich in making the announcement. In this role, she will focus on the day to day leadership of the department, overseeing four divisions, as well as providing strategic support to the city manager on citywide and regional issues. Audrey Seymour Ramberg continues to serve as Assistant City Manager and will take on the role of Chief Operating Officer for the City.
“Mountain View is unparalleled as a center of innovation, creativity and community spirit, and I feel honored to be selected as Assistant City Manager and Director of Community Development. I look forward to rekindling old relationships and forging new ones with the wonderful City team and community members."
Shrivastava has a bachelors in Architecture from Sir J.J. College of Architecture in Bombay, India, and a Master of Community/Urban Planning from the University of Rhode Island. She also attended the Senior Executive Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.