Dee Williams-Ridley was appointed Berkeley’s City Manager by the City Council on March 9, 2016 after serving the citizens of Berkeley as the Deputy City Manager for a little under a year.
She has over 25 years of progressively responsible experience in Human Resources and Public Administration, with expertise in project management, strategic planning, and leadership development. Through her experience as Deputy City Manager for the City of Modesto, Dee has developed comprehensive knowledge in community visioning, public policy, human resources, public safety, and municipal finance and budgeting.
Dee is a leader both locally and nationally on race and equity issues and instrumental in implementing innovative policies on police accountability, environmental sustainability and social justice.
She has served as the Chair of the Diversity Committee for the League of California Cities and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the National Forum of Black Public Administrators (NFBPA). In this capacity, she serves as the Vice-Chair of the Rules and Policy Committee and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee for NFBPA.
Dee has been in public service since the age of 18 and is the recipient of numerous public service awards during her career. She graduated from Sacramento State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and holds several certifications in mentoring, performance development and training.