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|The City Manager's Office provides leadership and direction in the implementation of City Council policy objectives and administration of City services and programs, ensuring accountability, community responsiveness and customer service excellence.
City Manager, Rod Gould
Gould took lead of the City of Santa Monica in January 2010. Mr. Gould’s
remarkable resume includes a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political
Science from Yale University and master’s degrees in both Public Administration
and Education from Harvard University. He has previously served as City Manager
in the cities of Monrovia, San Rafael and Poway, California. He is a past
president of the League of California Cities’ City Managers Department and
served on the League’s Board of Directors from 2007-2009.
2014, Mr. Gould was awarded the Cal-ICMA Hall of Fame Award for Ethics for his work to establish a code of ethics for the staff and
elected officials during his tenure with the city of Poway. In 2012, Mr. Gould
was given the Wes McClure Manager of Distinction Award by the League of
California Cities City Managers Department. This is the highest award given by
the Department. It is given to those managers who have supported the profession
through service, innovation and developing others.
Mr. Gould serves at the West Coast Vice President of the International City and
County Management Association (ICMA). He serves on the ICMA Board of Directors
and represents the states of California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington, Hawaii,
and Alaska, as well as chairs the Task Force on Leadership. In addition, Mr.
Gould serves on the Board of Directors of the California Institute of Local
Government. No expense of City time or funding are incurred as a result of his
service in these roles; however, it brings the opportunity to support the
profession nationally and internationally.
Elaine Polachek, Assistant City Manager
Assistant City Manager Elaine
Polachek has over 30 years of public administration experience and has served
in several key positions with the City of Santa Monica. Her academic career
includes a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UCLA and a master’s
degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
As Assistant City Manager, Ms.
Polachek oversees the day-to-day coordination, administration, and supervision
of 11 city departments. She focuses on
developing, enhancing, and sustaining relations with key City business partners
such as the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau,
Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., and the Pier Corporation. She is tasked with
managing internal interdepartmental efforts addressing community concerns. In addition, Ms. Polachek is responsible for carrying
out the City Manager’s directives regarding interpretation of policies and
representing the City Manager in negotiations of complex use agreements with
institutional partners, large scale event agreements and resolving conflicts
within the organization. In 2014, Ms. Polachek received the John H. Nail Award from the League of California Cities City Managers’ Department. This award is presented to an outstanding municipal assistant city manager who has contributed significantly to his or her city government and to the advancement of the community as a whole.
Ms. Polachek previously served as
Deputy City Manager, Director of Community Maintenance, and Open Space Manager
with the City of Santa Monica. Other
noteworthy past positions for Ms. Polachek include Vice President of Marketing
at the Pacific Design Center, and Operations Manager for the Pier Restoration
Corporation, where she played a key role in the redevelopment of the Santa
Monica Pier from 1984 to 1995. She has also served in management positions with
the Province of Ontario and the City of Scottsdale, AZ.
Danielle Noble, Deputy City Manager
Deputy City Manager Danielle Noble has over 14 years of experience in the fields of public administration, community organizing, and human services within the City of Santa Monica and in Los Angeles area non-profit organizations. She has a bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies from Ithaca College and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California.
Ms. Noble oversees the City’s preparation and transmittal of policy recommendations to the City Council. Her professional focus is organizational culture, organizational development, critical thinking, problem solving, team building and conflict resolution. She assists the City Manager, Assistant City Manager and Department Directors in the administration of City government and provides professional development training to City staff. Ms. Noble is involved in the development of the biennial budget, civic engagement projects, and represents the City Manager’s Office on interdepartmental teams. She also represents the City Manager on the Convention and Visitor Bureau’s Board of Directors.
Ms. Noble previously served as Assistant to the City Manager and Sr. Administrative Analyst, Homeless Services with the City of Santa Monica. Before transitioning to local government, Ms. Noble worked for two providers of housing to homeless individuals and families, SRO Housing Corporation and Beyond Shelter, and the CLARE Foundation, an alcohol and substance abuse recovery program. In 2012, Ms. Noble graduated from the Berkeley Executive Seminar conducted by the University of California’s Goldman School’s Global and Executive Programs. She is also a 2014 graduate of the ICMA-SEI program at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.