Deciding to stay in house. the City Council, acting in its capacity as the Board of Directors of the San Jose Redevelopment Agency, announced its decision to appoint Richard Keit to serve as Managing Director of the Agency.
He is currently the Redevelopment Agency’s Director of Business Development and has held various positions in local government, including manager of the housing division, neighborhood business district coordinator and director of neighborhood and industrial development. Keit holds Masters degrees in Public Administration and Urban Planning from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Sociology from the State University of New York at New Paltz.
“Richard’s twenty-five years of service and leadership to the Redevelopment Agency will provide continuity to the Agency during this period of transition,” Mayor Chuck Reed said.
Keit takes over the lead role after Harry Mavrogenes made an announcement late last month that the agency would be going down to a staff of eight and he would be resigning as Executive Director. Mavrogenes has held that title since late 2004.
In his previous roles, Keit has had to manage retention, expansion and attraction efforts in the city’s redevelopment project areas, which includes industrial areas, downtown and neighborhood business districts. Most recently he coordinated the capital equipment reimbursement agreements for local companies such as Maxim Integrated Products, SunPower, C8 MedisSensors, Intermolecular and SolFocus.
The appointment will be formally considered by the Agency Board at its June 21 Board meeting and is expected to take effect on June 27. If accepted, Keit will oversee a staff of seven with efforts focused on blight elimination, job-creation, economic development and tax-increment growth.
Keit lives in historic New Almaden with his wife, Ru Weerakoon, a senior policy advisor for economic development and land use for Mayor Reed. The couple has one son.