After heading to SoCal about a year ago, following a decade in the Cupertino city manager’s office, Katy Nomura is returning to Silicon Valley, to fill the vacancy left by Los Gatos’ former Assistant Town Manager Arn Andrews’ departure.
She’s set to start work in the community—that’s just a hop, skip and a jump from her old employer—on Monday.
“It is a blessing to be welcomed to such a charming Town, where I formed many fond childhood memories,” Nomura said in a release. “I am excited for the agility and high-touch nature of a smaller jurisdiction that will allow me to closely engage with the people that I serve.”
The position became available when Andrews took a newly created assistant city manager role in Mountain View, earlier this year.
Teri Black & Co. led the recruitment drive for Los Gatos.
Town Manager Laurel Prevetti said she fielded applications from many qualified candidates.
“Ms. Nomura clearly demonstrated a track record of completing complex policy items for Council consideration, working with other agencies on challenging issues, and understanding the high customer service expectations for Los Gatos,” she said. “Her technical and soft skills will serve the Town well.”
In Cupertino, Nomura oversaw elements of the city’s sustainability initiatives, legislative affairs, economic development, communications and emergency services.
While there, she fostered relationships with partners to work on drought response and worked to improve the municipality’s Covid-19 response.
Nomura, who holds a master’s in Business Administration from Quantic School of Business and Technology, led the City of Long Beach’s sidewalk vending and food truck regulation efforts, facilitated outreach for a Cambodian American Cultural Center study, and pushed for tax reductions for equitable cannabis businesses.
Los Gatos Mayor Maria Ristow said she’s pleased with the hire.
“On behalf of the Council, we are thrilled to welcome Katy Nomura to Los Gatos,” she said.