Office of the Mayor: Rusty Bailey



Mayor's Office Staff



Dr. Cheryl-Marie Hansberger
Chief of Staff

Responsibilities: Cheryl-Marie is responsible for managing the daily operations in the Mayor’s office, from strategy through implementation.

Education: Cheryl-Marie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino, a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis on College Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University, and a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne.

Passion: Mentoring first generation and under-represented students, because everybody deserves a break in life.

Dr. Lalit Acharya
International Relations Officer

Responsibilities: Lalit directs and manages the Mayor’s efforts on international initiatives, economic development, and sustainability.

Education: Lalit has a Bachelor of Science in Genetics from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, a Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Doctorate in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California. He is also a 2004 Leadership Riverside graduate.

Passion: Urban planning, writing, and most importantly, spending time with his family.

Phil Pitchford
Communications Officer

Responsibilities: Phil works for both the Mayor and the City Manager. He communicates important messages about people and programs that make a difference in Riverside. He also liaisons with the City’s marketing team and public information officers from the Police and Fire departments and Riverside Public Utilities to ensure a coordinated response to all media inquiries.

Education: Phil has a Bachelor in English and Bachelor of Speech Communication from North Carolina State University. He is also a 2012 graduate of Leadership Riverside.

Passion: Helping Riverside residents be aware of what is going on in the community.

Josh Maher
Program Policy Coordinator

Responsibilities: Josh functions as the Mayor’s program and policy expert, where he works to strengthen community relations. He also focuses on strategies that will better position Riverside as a location of choice for the 50,000 students attending college in Riverside. Josh also leads the Mayor’s active and alternative transportation initiatives.

Education: Josh has a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and a Master’s of Business Administration from Cal Baptist University.

Passion: Helping people stay informed about the political sector.

Frank Arreola
Outreach Coordinator

Responsibilities: Frank manages the resolution of constituent concerns, organizes neighborhood events and meetings, shares resources with the community, participates in collaborative meetings with our schools, creates partnerships with our businesses to better serve our youth, and partners with our faith based institutions for the greater good of the community. He also works with the Mayor’s Commission on Aging.

Education: Frank has an Associates of Arts in General Studies from Riverside Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Redlands.

Passion: Helping people.

Eddy Jara
NEOP Program Coordinator

Responsibilities: Dr. Jara manages the City of Riverside’s Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention Program, also known as Champions for Change.

Education: Eddy has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Master of Public Health (Health Education and Promotion; Global Health) from Loma Linda University and a Doctor of Public Health Nutrition from University of California, Berkeley.

Passion: Building healthy communities and music.

Kathy Young
Administrative Assistant to the Mayor

Responsibilities: Kathy is instrumental in keeping the Office of the Mayor running smoothly. She is responsible for managing Mayor Bailey’s calendar, the budget, and the office’s procurement. Kathy also coordinates special events for the office and is the point person for the Connect with the Mayor “walk events”. She coordinates several of the Mayor’s taskforces, including the Education Roundtable and the Purple City Alliance, an effort to ensure Riverside is dementia friendly.

Education: Kathy has an Associates of Science in Math and Science from Golden West College

Passion: Her Family and her Grandchildren.

Cheryl Wills
Senior Office Specialist

Responsibilities: Cheryl Wills has several years of administrative experience supporting business owners. She is responsible for coordinating special events, such as Coffee with the Mayor. She maintains the front office, as well as coordinates reservations for meeting rooms, and manages requests for certificates and proclamations.

Education: Studied at Riverside City College and plans to work toward a degree in Business Administration.

Passion: Helping others whenever possible

Maisha Rahman
Administrative Intern

Responsibilities: Maisha is the Administrative Intern for the Office of the Mayor. She is responsible for coordinating the College Forum, a program that aims to engage Riverside’s college students to become more invested in the city, and she provides support for the Mayor’s faith-based homelessness initiative.

Education: Maisha has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from the University of California, Riverside and is currently seeking a full-time permanent job. Who is hiring?

Passion: Travel, learning about Riverside, and baking.

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