In 1998, armed with an undergraduate degree from the University of California, I got my first job in the public sector and quickly realized that I had made the best decision of my life. Working as a planning assistant for the small California city of Westlake Village (pop. 8,000), I rapidly developed a passion for how government can truly improve the lives of citizens. With a staff of eight, I handled everything from managing IT needs to over-the-counter plan review. The relationship I built with the city council, staff, and the residents has followed me throughout my career.
Twenty years later, having earned advanced degrees in city planning, and having served in a series of seven progressively responsible community development roles across California, I made another life changing decision -- to channel my passion for local government and technology toward the private sector and join Oracle as it launched a new solution: Oracle Public Sector Community Development.
This new solution takes direct aim at the siloed, manual and paper-driven processes that surround residential and commercial construction, the heartbeat of any municipality seeking to serve its constituents and entice businesses and citizens to call their city home. Through the implementation of Oracle’s cloud-based platform, towns, cities, and counties across the nation have the tools to expedite the permitting and inspection process, potentially slashing days, weeks or even months from breaking ground on a myriad of projects that can bring jobs, citizen satisfaction and increased tax revenue and shared prosperity.
That’s just the beginning of Oracle’s solution. We plan to roll out more features, to include planning and zoning, code enforcement and ultimately occupational and professional licensing, features and functions that I expect will help to bolster the economic development, compliance and regulatory efforts of local government.
This is a journey that I couldn’t have imagined when I was new to government in the 1990s. Back then, no one could have predicted the impact that technology can have on the efficiency, transparency, and predictability of such a highly regulated and complicated review and approval process.
I am excited to have taken on this new role as Oracle’s director of community development strategy. I plan on using my experience and deep understanding of local government operations(most recently as the assistant city manager for the city of Napa, and the director of development services in Palo Alto) to help deliver a product that you can use to improve your constituents’ quality of life with more efficient land management.
I invite you to reach out to me to discuss how we can transform how you engage with your citizens and business partners. Follow me here or on LinkedIn and help us shape this new solution to streamline local government.