As the City Manager, Karena Shackelford oversees the day-to-day operations of the City. Serving as Chief Executive Officer, she is responsible for providing leadership and direction to City staff and for providing information, advice, and assistance to City Council. She is also responsible for public relations, the City budget and ensuring operations function efficiently.
Karena has over 20 years of experience in local government, of which 15 have been serving the City of Fremont. Under her leadership in Fremont, she has brought several complex projects to completion, on time and within budget.
Prior to becoming Fremont’s City Manager, Karena served as Assistant City Manager (ACM) for three years, where she had oversight of Public Works, Information Technology Services and Community Services. Prior to her role as ACM, Karena served as Deputy City Manager, where she had oversight of the City Clerk’s Office, Legislative Affairs, Communications, organizational development, and City Council relations. In addition to her work in the City Manager’s Office, Karena has served as Interim Chief Technology Services Director, Interim Public Works Director, Deputy Public Works Director, Deputy Director of Maintenance and Business Manager. Karena also works closely with the City's budget and labor relations teams.
Karena holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University, a Master of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College, and is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).