Martinez hires economic director, seeks second official for new program
By Sam Richards
The East Bay Times
12 June 2017
Photo courtesy Christina Ratcliffe
College of Environmental Design alumna Christina Ratcliffe (MCP ‘95), previously the community development director for the city of Benicia, has been chosen as the city of Martinez’s new community and economic development director.
This is one of two new positions the city is creating as the centerpieces for its new economic development program in an effort to improve the local economy and city coffers in order to prepare for what will be higher future city payments into the California Public Employees’ Retirement System pension fund.
In addition to Ratcliffe’s position, the City Council has also authorized creating a new economic development coordinator position and has set aside money for a comprehensive Citywide Economic Development Plan.
Ratcliffe, who was chosen from 32 applicants for the job, is set to start July 5. She has more than 20 years of community and economic development experience in both the public and private sectors.
In addition to her post in Benicia, Ratcliffe worked as a senior planner for Orinda, a planner in Alameda, and an associate planner in Berkeley and Saratoga and has experience preparing city general and specific plans. She also has worked at three private firms including her own, Ratcliffe Consulting.