About the Office of the City Manager

The Office of the City Manager provides oversight and direction to ensure that all departments are responding to City Council goals, applying policy consistently, identifying key issues that need Council direction, keeping abreast of the changing needs of the community, and planning the services, programs and projects that will ensure Pasadena maintains its status and character as a great community in which to live, work and play.

Cynthia J. Kurtz, City of Pasadena Interim City Manager

Cynthia Kurtz, Interim City Manager

Cynthia Kurtz and her business partner Philip Hawkey represent National CORE Affordable Housing Developers in the San Gabriel Valley. They are responsible for finding opportunities to expand the supply of housing and supportive services for all those needing housing assistance.

Cynthia has held a number of positions in the public and non-profit sectors including City Manager for the City of Pasadena, Interim City Managers for the cities of Covina and Santa Ana and President of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership.

She has taught Public Sector Ethics and Collaborative Decision Making at the University of La Verne Graduate Program for Public Administration.  In addition to the PCC Foundation, Cynthia currently serves as Vice Chair for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California representing the City of Pasadena.

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Nicholas G. Rodriguez, Assistant City Manager

Nicholas G. Rodriguez, Assistant City Manager

Mr. Rodriguez received his Bachelor’s Degree as a College Scholar of the College of Arts and Sciences from Cornell University and his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He was admitted to the practice of law in 1977, and worked as an attorney for both El Centro De Accion Social, Inc., and Gronemeier, Barker & Huerta before joining the City Attorney’s Office for the City of Pasadena, serving as the lawyer for the Rose Bowl Operating Company and several City Departments from 1989 to 2012, eventually becoming the City’s Chief Assistant City Attorney. He served as City Attorney for the City of Vernon as a part of the City’s “Good Governance” initiative reform efforts. Mr. Rodriguez returned to the City of Pasadena, handling special assignments with the City Attorney’s Office, and as a Special Assistant to the City Manager, CSW, prior to his appointment as Assistant City Manager in 2016.Mr. Rodriguez resides locally.

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Brenda Harvey-Williams, Acting Assistant City Manager

Brenda Harvey-Williams
Acting Assistant City Manager

Brenda joined the City of Pasadena as an intern in 1987 and worked in the public works and finance departments as well as in the City Manager’s Office in increasing areas of responsibility. She has served as finance and management services administrator, acting deputy finance director, administrative office, principal consulting analyst, and management analyst. She has significant experience with and knowledge of the City’s capital improvement and operating budgets. Brenda is a 34-year veteran of the City of Pasadena and was appointed the City’s director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services (PRCS) in 2018. She holds a bachelor’s in arts and economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and a master’s in public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin.

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