Interim City Manager Cynthia J. Kurtz

Cynthia J. Kurtz is the Interim City Manager of the City of Santa Ana. As a seasoned professional, Cynthia has over 26 years of local government experience. She has previously served as the City Manager for the City of Pasadena for ten years, as well as the Interim City Manager for the City of Covina for six months. Additionally, she assisted the City of Vernon during a critical period when it faced disincorporation.

Prior to her appointment as the City Manager in Pasadena, Cynthia served as the Public Works Director and as Assistant City Manager. She also served the City of Portland, OR as the Administrator of Transportation Planning and Finance. In addition to her work in local government, Cynthia served for six years as the Chief Executive Officer of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership, a public/private non-profit organization that works on economic development, job creation, and environmental programs. She was also the Chief Operating Officer of the non-profit LA River Revitalization Corporation. She currently serves as the representative of Pasadena on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Cynthia received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Development and Housing from Pennsylvania State University, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Transportation and Urban Development from the University of Iowa.