City of Oakland Announces New Permanent Deputy City Administrator, Director of Human Resources Management

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The City of Oakland announced today two key hires into leadership role that will help the City more efficiently and effectively provide services to the community: incoming Deputy City Administrator Monica Davis, and incoming Human Resources Management Director Mary Hao.

Monica Davis most recently worked for the City of Oakland’s Planning and Building Department as the Assistant Director. Prior to that, she worked for the City of Hayward, California as the Community Services Manager, overseeing homelessness policy, the community agency funding process, and undertaking special projects including a large land use development project. Monica is committed to delivering high quality public service in an innovative and efficient manner, supporting community engagement, organizational health, and working collaboratively to enhance diversity in local government. Monica is actively engaged in professional development and is a member of the International City and County Management Association (ICMA), and served as the 2021 Municipal Management Association of Northern California (MMANC) President. Since 2018, Monica has served on the Board of Directors for the International Network of Asian Public Administrators (I-NAPA) as a Director-at-Large. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in public policy from UCLA, a juris doctorate degree from Santa Clara Law, and a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in leadership and innovation from Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. Monica is a highly organized professional who sets deliverables for her team and herself and develops management strategies to timely achieve those goals. Monica lives in Oakland, California with her wife and two kids. Her moving into this new leadership role at the City of Oakland reflects an opportunity for the City Administrator's Office to lead work around performance measurements and strategic planning.

Mary Hao has dedicated her career to public service. She has over 25 years in public sector human resources and labor relations. Her experience includes serving as the Deputy Chief People Officer of Talent Acquisition for the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Director of Human Resources for the County of Marin. Mary began her career with the University of California, Office of the President in the Office of Labor Relations, and then joined the City and County of San Francisco where she worked for 14 years in labor and employee relations for the Department of Human Resources and then two years managing the human resources function at the Juvenile Probation Department. Mary has a B.A. in History and a minor in Asian American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Deputy City Administrator Davis and HRMD Director Hao are both expected to start their new roles the week of Feb. 19.


Sean Maher
Citywide Director of Communications & Engagement


Posted: February 20th, 2024 10:05 AM

Last Updated: February 20th, 2024 10:05 AM

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