City Manager Appoints New Department of Human Services and Recreation Director



Lisa Derderian, Pasadena Public Information Officer, City Manager’s Office, (626) 744-4755,

Brenda Harvey Williams

Pasadena, CA—Brenda Harvey-Williams, a thirty-one year veteran of the City of Pasadena, has been appointed the City’s Director of the Department of Human Services and Recreation (DHSR) , City Manager Steve Mermell announced today. Harvey-Williams has served as Interim Director and Special Assistant to the City Manager since December 2017.

“Human Services and Recreation is a critical part of the daily life of our City,” Mermell said, “and Brenda brings the enthusiasm, the experience and the leadership that we need right now. I have known Brenda for more than two decades and I know how passionate she is about Pasadena and public service and she has well-earned this opportunity.”

DHSR has an $11 million annual budget and more than 100 employees. Pasadena is proud to have over 24 parks providing our community with gorgeous views, tranquil walkways, sporting grounds and exciting playgrounds.

Harvey-Williams 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 responsibilities. 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.

“It is an honor and privilege to serve the public,” Harvey-Williams said, “and I am humbled to lead this Department into this new phase. Our mission is clear: deliver inclusive, innovative and progressive recreational and human service programs that contribute to making Pasadena a wonderful place to live, work and play. I am excited to get started.”
Harvey-Williams earned a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Texas and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from UCLA. Harvey-Williams is a twenty-year member of the American Public Works Association, an alumnus of Leadership Pasadena and a member of the Pasadena chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Harvey-Williams resides in Pasadena. She and her husband Brian Williams have two young-adult sons.

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