The San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership has a new leader.
On Wednesday, the organization’s board of directors approved Jeff Allred, who currently serves as city manager for Rosemead, as the partnership’s president and CEO.
Allred replaces Cynthia Kurtz, who held the position for seven years before accepting a job as director of operations for the LA River Revitalization Corp. in January.
Allred will retire from Rosemead at the end of April 2016 and assume his new the role with the partnership in May.
“Jeff has an impressive track record of success in strategic planning for economic development,” said David Reyno, director of government relations for Foothill Transit and chair of the partnership’s board. “We look forward to how Jeff will position the partnership to lead and support the growth of the San Gabriel Valley economy.”
Allred, a 50-year resident of the San Gabriel Valley, has served in various capacities of city management in the cities of Rosemead, La Verne, El Monte, West Covina and Pomona and has extensive economic development experience.
Prior to joining Rosemead, he spent five years as the city manager of Norco in Riverside County. He previously served in key administrative roles with the Tri-City Mental Health Authority and with the cities of La Verne, Downey, El Monte, and West Covina. He has been actively involved with the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, serving as president of the San Gabriel Valley City Managers Association in 2013-14 and as a member of the Steering Committee.
Economic development has been a key priority during Allred’s tenure as city manager of Rosemead, with substantial new businesses opening in the city along with major infrastructure and aesthetic improvements at the city’s entry points. Allred managed an aggressive building program, completing two state-of-the-art aquatic centers and a new civic center downtown plaza.