City Manager

City Manager- Sharon Landers
City Manager
Sharon Landers

701 E. Carson St
Carson, CA 90745

Phone: (310) 952-1728
Email:  SLLanders@carson.ca.us
 
   
BIOGRAPHY
Sharon is an executive-level strategist and project manager in the private and public sectors. She has a track record of successfully advancing high profile and complex projects by working collaboratively with both government and private sector stakeholders. She has broad experience managing policy development and public relations in dynamic environments. She has extensive experience overseeing professional and technical disciplines while managing multiple functions and has a passion for innovation and improving organizational effectiveness.

Career Highlights

Sharon joined the City of Carson as its first female city manager in May 2019. Immediately prior to this appointment, Sharon served as the principal of Landers Consulting where she offered executive-level strategic guidance and project management. Her engagements included working with the City of Mission Viejo and serving as Interim Planning Director for the City of Rancho Cucamonga. For over twelve years, from June 2006 to January 2019, Sharon served as Assistant City Manager for the City of Irvine in Orange County, California, a city with a population of a quarter of a million residents. In Irvine, her responsibilities included leading large-scale capital projects and serving as the city's chief operating officer, overseeing its operating and administrative departments including planning, parks and recreation, public works, environmental programs, finance, budget, human resources and information technology. In addition, she also served for a year as Interim CEO for the Orange County Great Park, planning a 1,300-acre park being developed on a superfund site within a closed military base.

Prior to her work in Irvine, Sharon served in executive level positions in state and local agencies including San Jose Redevelopment Agency, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New Jersey Department of Transportation and New York City Department of Transportation. She also served as a transportation advisor to New York City Mayors Ed Koch & David Dinkins, and New York Governors Hugh Carey & Mario Cuomo. She practiced law for over a decade in New York, which included serving as General Counsel for the New York City Department of Transportation.

Sharon is an International City/County Management Association (ICMA) credentialed City Manager. She attended the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program. Her professional contributions include serving on the boards of Woman Leading Government, Cal-ICMA and ICMA's Local Government Management Fellowship Program. She is a coach for ICMA and has been a Manager/Mentor for the Fullerton University City Management Fellowship Program and a coach for the Municipal Management Association of Southern California (MMASC). She is an organizer, moderator and panelist on programs for ICMA, Women Leading Government, MMASC, and the City Managers Department of the League of California Cities.

Recognition for Sharon's work includes Women Leading Government's Career Excellence Award presented at the Municipal Management Association of Northern California (MMANC) Women's Leadership Summit; Excellence in Government Award presented by the Government Law Center of Albany Law School, Union University; and Influential Woman in Business Award presented by Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Sharon received her B.S. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook & J.D. from Albany Law School Union University in New York. She is admitted to the NYS Bar and the Bar of the US Supreme Court.
~ Last Update: 5/2019 ~

City Hall Contact

701 E Carson Street
Carson, CA 90745
(310) 830-7600, 7 AM - 6 PM
Monday - Thursday
24-hour automated: (310) 952-1700

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