As the Assistant City Manager, Karena Shackelford helps manage day-to-day City operations and has direct oversight of Public Works, Community Services, and Information Technology Services.
Karena has over 20 years of experience in local government, of which 14 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 Assistant City Manager, 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).