A career public sector manager with more than 30 years of broad experience, Julie Edmonds-Mares has served as City Manager for the City of Milpitas since March 2018. As the City’s chief executive officer, she is responsible for the administration of the City’s day-to-day operations and its staff of 400 employees; provides professional policy guidance for the seven-member City Council; and ensures the effective implementation of Council policy direction.
Prior to joining Milpitas, Edmonds-Mares worked for nearly eleven years with the City of San José, the nation’s tenth largest city. As San José Deputy City Manager, she focused both on strategic partnerships with schools and businesses and on civic engagement and collaboration with community stakeholders at all levels to create and maintain safe and healthy neighborhoods. She also served as Director of Parks and Recreation for San José.
Before coming to San José, Edmonds-Mares worked for the City of Tucson for nearly twelve years as Deputy Director of Budget and Research, Assistant to the City Manager, and Human Resources Administrator. She also served as a manager with United Airlines for eleven years in several leadership roles for airport operations and customer service management.
Milpitas is a progressive community with a diverse population of nearly 80,000 located in the heart of Silicon Valley at the southern end of San Francisco Bay. Edmonds-Mares provides executive direction for the full-service city that includes water and sewer utilities, police and fire services, public works, community and economic development, and parks and recreation services. The City has an annual operating budget of nearly $200 million and a capital improvement budget of more than $315 million.
Edmonds-Mares holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in education from Northern Arizona University. In addition, she is a graduate of the Southwest Leadership Program in Public Policy Management from the University of Arizona Eller College.