Public Policy Manager
Jeremy Dennis brings nearly thirty years of government experience at the local, regional, and state levels to support clients with organizational review and improvement. He has a wide breadth of knowledge in strategic planning, Councilmember support, Executive evaluation, assessing departmental gaps and opportunities, management mentorship and advising, and improving communication for all those who participate in the public process.
Jeremy appreciates the nexus of elected officials, staff, and the public needs on challenging issues of change. Each of these constituencies speaks its own unique language and may have unshared processes,
motivations, and results. He has spent much of his career finding
new ways of engagement and understanding between parties on numerous contentious issues of change.
Most recently, Jeremy served as the Town Manager for Portola Valley. In his seven years, he restructured the Planning and Building Department to support the Housing Element update (completed two months after his departure), major residential projects proposed by Stanford University, and implementation of a wide range of housing programs. Jeremy also served as the Long Range Planning Manager for the City of Palo Alto, where he oversaw the city’s comprehensive plan update and municipal housing programs. He also worked as a Management Analyst for the San Mateo County Manager’s Office, roving between departments working on issues as diverse as updating the Planning Departments financing, improving the County’s Capital Improvement Program, and starting a variety of intern programs.