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James Keene

James Keene County/Cities’ Managers
Association Liaison
City of Palo Alto


James Keene has served in leadership positions in local government across the United States, primarily as a city manager. He believes that the future of the world depends upon how we live together in cities. Mr. Keene has been the City Manager of Palo Alto, California since 2008. He has previously served as the City Manager of Berkeley, California and Tucson, Arizona and as the County Manager of Coconino County, Arizona. (Flagstaff). He has also been the Executive Director of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC). His life-long commitment to public service is driven by a passion to sustainability, community building and civic engagement; and innovation to transform local government. A magna cum laude of the University of Maryland (B.A. History), Mr. Keene received his M.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Maryland, graduating with distinction.