Community Development

City of Carson Director of Community & Economic Development
Director of Community & Economic Development
John S. Raymond


701 E. Carson St
Carson, CA 90745

Phone: (310) 952-1773
Email:  jraymond@carson.ca.us
 
   
BIOGRAPHY
Prior to starting with Carson in June, John Raymond was the Director of Community & Economic Development for the City of Palm Springs. There he was responsible for the Economic Development Program and former Redevelopment Agency, Affordable Housing, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Rent Control, Public Art and management of all City- and Agency-owned properties.

From 2008 to 2010, he was the Assistant Executive Director of the Fresno Redevelopment Agency and was responsible for general administrative functions of the Agency, including plan amendments, website redesign, capital projects and the Affordable Housing Program.

Earlier in his career with the City of Palm Springs, he held the positions of Director of Management & Budget, Economic Programs Manager, and Recycling Coordinator. His first position in California was as Executive Director of Main Street Upland, Inc. in Upland.

He began his career in his hometown of Holyoke, Massachusetts as a Main Street Project Manager and later as an Industrial Development Specialist with the City of Holyoke.

He received a Master of Science in Public Management and Policy from the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University his Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Geography from the University of Tennessee; he studied Urban Planning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts prior to that.

Raymond was part of a five-person Rotary Group Study Exchange team from Southern California to visit Siberia and the Russian Far East for five weeks in 2001. There he lived with Russian families and met with colleagues in similar professions to share knowledge.

In 2007, he was named by Palm Springs Life magazine one of the "101 Influencers" in the Coachella Valley, the only municipal department head to have been so honored.

In 2010, he received two California Redevelopment Association Awards, one for Palm Springs for the redevelopment of a 38-acre landfill into a Home Depot-anchored shopping center; and one for Fresno, which received a Special Citation from the CRA for the long-term effort by the Fresno RDA and the City of Fresno to help Community Regional Medical Center expand into one of the top trauma centers in California.

~ Last Update: 6/23/2015 ~

 

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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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