City of Vallejo Speaker's Bureau

It is the aim of the City of Vallejo to raise public awareness about roles and responsibilities within the City organization, increase public understanding of staff experience and commitment, provide positive role models for youth, recruit new residents to volunteer for City sponsored events, build community pride and engagement, and define Vallejo as a place to live, work and play.

The Senior Leadership Team and their staff take pride in the work they do for residents, businesses and community stakeholders.  In order to spread to word about the work they do, please contact Shelee Loughmiller, Community and Volunteer Coordinator, to set-up a member of the team, or their assistant directors, to present at community, neighborhood, and local non-profits meetings.  Please make requests a minimum of four weeks in advance.

The directory, bios and presentation topics follow below.  


Greg Nyhoff, City Manager

Presentation topics:

  • What is the latest News at City Hall 
  • Day to Day Operations of the City 
  • City Council Priorities 
  • Vallejo Unites 
  • Summary of the City’s activities and how they relate to the long range goals of the community.

View bio here

Anne Cardwell, Assistant City Manager

Presentation topics:

  • What is the latest News at City Hall 
  • Day to Day Operations of the City 
  • City Council Priorities 
  • Vallejo Unites 
  • Summary of the City’s activities and how they relate to the long range goals of the community.
View bio here.

Claudia Quintana, City Attorney

Presentation Topics:

  • The Neighborhood Law Program 
  • The Brown Act 
  • The Public Records Act 

Bio coming soon.

Joe Allio, Interim Police Chief

Presentation Topics:

  • Policing today 
  • VPD organizational structure
  • Policing challenges in Vallejo
  • VPD community outreach
  • Crime statistics
  • Current events
  • Chief recruitment
  • Code Enforcement
  • Neighborhood Watch

Bio coming soon.

Daryl Arbuthnott, Fire Chief

Presentation Topics:

  • Fire Department Operations - General
  • Weed Abatement
  • Company-Level Fire Prevention
  • Diversity Recruit 
  • Emergency Operations Center
View bio here.

Central Permit Center

Afshan Hamid, Planning Manager

Presentation Topics:

  • Design Guidelines
  • Urban Planning
  • Downtown Improvements
  • Collaborative process

Steve Arnold, Chief Building Official 

  • New 2019 codes
  • Plan check activity
  • Building permits
  • Construction progress
  • Building code enforcement 

Mike Malone, Water Director

Presentation Topics:

  • Vallejo's drinking water system 
  • Water rates 
  • Main Breaks 
  • Replacement Plan 
  • Water Bond 

View bio here.

Terrance Davis, Public Works Director

Presentation Topics:

  • Marina Operations 
  • Pavement and Sidewalk Maintenance  
  • Traffic Engineering  
  • Urban Forestry/City Trees  
  • Recycling and Solid Waste  
  • Active Transportation (Bike, Pedestrian, Trail Planning)  
  • Storm Water Management and Green Infrastructure 

View bio here.

Rekha Nayar, Finance Director

Presentation Topics:

  • City Budget – Timeline & approval process 
  • Commercial Services

View bio here.

Heather Ruiz, Human Resources Director

Presentation Topics:

  • Public Sector Employment 
  • Interview Skills 
  • Reference Checking Tips 

View bio here.

Greg Taylor, Information Technology Director

Presentation Topics coming soon.

Bio coming soon.

Judy Shepard-Hall, Housing and Community Development Manager

Presentation Topics:

  • Affordable Housing industry.
  • HUD Compliance (Section 811, 202, 236, and BMIR Programs) 
  • Section 42 Tax Credit Compliance 
  • Property Management 
  • HUD Financial Management 
  • HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration & HUD Preservation Programs 
  • Housing Retention  
  • Homelessness Prevention Models  

View bio here.

Dawn Abrahamson, City Clerk

Presentation Topics:

  • Steps for Running for Office – What Do I Need to Consider? 
  • The Role of the City Clerk in Administering the Democratic Process at the Local Level
  • Transition of City of Vallejo to Districts Based Elections

View bio here.

Joanna Altman, Assistant to the City Manager

Presentation Topics:

  • Cannabis Program
  • City Communications 
  • Participatory Budgeting 
  • Parking 
  • Animal Control & Sheltering 
  • Waterfront Park 
  • City Grants 
  • Vallejo Unites Initiative 

View bio here.

Will Morat, Assistant to the City Manager

Presentation Topics:

  • Major Development Projects Status & Updates 
  • Mare Island  
  • Economic Initiatives 
  • Opportunity Zones 
  • Fiber Optics 
  • Public Art & Culture 
  • Mare Island Brewery 

View bio here.

Erika Leahy, Risk Manager

Presentation Topics:

  • Special event insurance requirements - Timeline

Bio coming soon.

Shelee Loughmiller, Community and Volunteer Coordinator

Presentation Topics:

  • Nonprofit Capacity Building 
  • Volunteer Engagement – Recruiting & Retention 
  • Program Development

View bio here.