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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Responsibilities: Elizabeth is a liaison between the Mayor’s Office and several boards and commissions, including Human Relations Commission, Multicultural Forum, College Forum, Latino Network and Youth Council. She also helps organize events and community interaction, including school visits to city hall and Bike with the Mayor.
Education: Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a concentration in History from Indiana University and is set to graduate with a Master of Public Administration from Villanova University in the Fall of 2018.
Passion: Supporting, nurturing and empowering children to be self-assured and ready to take on the world as responsible and civic-minded adults.
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.