Economic Development Director
Leslie Parks has 30+ years' experience as a practitioner and consultant in the fields of economic development, redevelopment, and workforce development. She has developed and administered a diverse range of programs that include business retention and expansion initiatives, community benefits, training and job placement, affordable housing, and public/private partnerships.
She joins Good City Company as an economic development advisor supporting several cities on the Peninsula and in Silicon Valley. Specific programs and projects include development of a small business action plan, economic development strategies, marketing plans, retail strategies, and economic development programs and staffing.
Leslie served as Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Burlingame; Director of Downtown and Industrial Development for the San Jose Redevelopment Agency; and Director of Community Services for the City of San Carlos; and Director of Economic Development for the City of San Jose. She has also provided consulting services for the cities of Menlo Park, San Mateo, Vacaville, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, the counties of Santa Cruz and San Mateo as well as Bay Area real estate developers and brokerage firms.