Michael Jasso to guide innovation, economic development, and community development

The City of Sacramento is proud to announce that Michael Jasso is joining the City as Assistant City Manager.

He will have direct oversight of the Office of Innovation and Economic Development and the Community Development Department. Jasso was selected following a competitive national recruitment which included many talented candidates. His first day is April 25, just in time for the Project Prosper meeting on April 26, in which the city is furthering the dialogue about inclusive growth and equitable economic development in Sacramento.

“We look forward to leveraging Michael’s extensive background and expertise to lead the City’s efforts to grow our local economy and create opportunities for all in our community,” said City Manager Howard Chan who appointed Jasso to the position.

Jasso had been serving as Chief for the Bureau of Economic Development of Cook County, IL (Cook County is the second most populous county in the United States.) There he oversaw three County departments along with a cross-cutting office of economic development. Among other successes, he led the creation and implementation of Cook County’s strategic economic development plan.

Jasso also served as Managing Deputy Commissioner for Chicago’s Department of Housing and Economic Development, specifically overseeing the Bureau of Economic Development, Chief Development Officer for the Chicago Housing Authority helping to manage the third largest public housing authority in the nation. He also led the Tax Increment Finance Program on behalf of the Mayor for the District of Columbia Government.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Princeton University, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.

“As the fastest growing City in California – Sacramento and the greater Sacramento region –  are uniquely positioned to build on its substantial assets in both attracting new sustainable businesses, as well as supporting the business community already here,” said Jasso.

“Equally important as economic growth and community development, I am committed to ensure that these efforts be inclusive and meaningful to all Sacramentans.  Together, we can make Sacramento one of the most livable, vibrant and inclusive cities in America.”