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News - July 31, 2019

Menlo Park's community development director heads to Redwood City

Mark Muenzer, Menlo Park's community development director, is leaving his position to take on the role of Redwood City's community development and transportation director, the city of Menlo Park announced on July 26.

He joined Menlo Park staff as assistant community development director overseeing planning in 2017 and was promoted in 2018 to the position of community development director, leading the city's planning, building, housing and economic development divisions, according to the city announcement.

"In a few short years, Mark Muenzer has built and led a solid team that serves our residents and business community with distinction every day," Menlo Park City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson said.

"With his leadership we have been able to partner with MidPen Housing to begin redeveloping the 1300 block of Willow Road to construct 140 new units of affordable housing; we have seen tremendous progress on several other residential, commercial and mixed-use projects such as Station 1300 on El Camino Real, the Marquis by Pulte Homes on Encinal Avenue, two fantastic new hotels — the Park James and Hotel Nia, Menlo Gateway Phase II, expansion at Facebook's newest campus and many other ongoing projects," she added.

According to the city of Redwood City, Muenzer was chosen following a national executive search after the departure of Aaron Aknin in February, and he is expected to begin work on Aug. 19.

"I am thrilled to join the City of Redwood City team and look forward to partnering with the community to implement forward-thinking and innovative community development, planning and transportation approaches," he said in the Redwood City announcement of his new position.

"The City of Redwood City has a progressive reputation where it values collaboration with a diverse community. I look forward to leading a team of professional staff to serve the community and further the City's mission."

"I am incredibly proud of the work we have accomplished in Menlo Park and I know this department will continue to excel because of the high-caliber talent we have in place," he said in the Menlo Park announcement.

Muenzer's last day with Menlo Park will be Friday, Aug. 9.

— By Kate Bradshaw