Welcome Ruth Shikada

Ruth Shikada has been appointed as the new Economic Development Officer for the City of Santa Clara.  Ruth has more than 20 years local government experience in the areas of economic development and public private partnerships.  She also has many years of experience working in the unique atmosphere of Silicon Valley.
Most recently, Ruth has held the position of Asset Development Manager for the County of Santa Clara in the County Executive’s office.  Prior to working for the County, Ruth worked for the City of San Jose Redevelopment Agency for six years, including serving as Director of Transportation and Strategic Planning; Director of Transactions Division and Manager of Downtown Development.  She developed tenant attraction programs, and represented the Agency on numerous large and small scale projects in Downtown San Jose.
Ruth also was Manager of Property Services Bureau for 10 years for the City of Long Beach and Redevelopment Project Manager for the City of Santa Ana.  Ruth has a B.A. in Economics and is a member of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance and Urban Land Institute.
As the newest member of the City’s Economic Development Team (made up of key senior staff), the City of Santa Clara is confident that Ruth will bring exceptional and varied professional skills, adding value to the City’s economic development efforts.


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