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Interim City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson on Wednesday announced Rhonda Coffman as the new deputy community development director overseeing housing issues in Menlo Park.
“Rhonda will be a great fit for Menlo Park with over two decades of housing and grants experience,” said Mayor Ray Mueller. “Her understanding of the region, familiarity with large and small organizations and experience with construction and property management will be a great benefit for the city. She will oversee the vital work of continually improving the livability and vibrancy of our community.”
Coffman has over 20 years of experience in housing and construction management services while working for government and nonprofit organizations, as a consultant and as owner of a construction and property management company. While at the city of Redwood City, she oversaw affordable housing programs, including administering funds for the new construction of below market rate housing, managing single and multifamily housing rehabilitation loan programs, federal CDBG and HOME grant programs and first time homebuyer programs. She also served as the staff liaison to the Redwood City Housing and Human Concerns Committee. She also had a lead role in a recently completed multiyear community engagement process regarding affordable housing policies and initiatives that resulted in the successful adoption of new housing fees, zoning ordinances and tenant protection measures.
“I am excited to have Ms. Coffman join the City's management team,” said Jerome-Robinson. “Her extensive experience in housing and supportive services programs will be invaluable as we work to address the housing challenges facing our entire region.”
Coffman previously worked as the housing and grants manager for the city of Redwood City (2011-2019); Redwood City’s construction manager (2001-2011); an affordable housing consultant (1999-2015); a construction business owner and operator (1997-2001); and director of adult services for Partners & Advocates for Remarkable Children & Adults (PARCA) (1992-1997). Coffman has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Notre Dame de Namur University.
Ms. Coffman's official start date is March 4, 2019.