Cynthia J. Kurtz has been the president and CEO of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership since January 2009.
The Partnership was founded in 1990 to develop and implement programs to expand the economic base of the communities in the area.
Previously, Kurtz served as Pasadena’s city manager for nearly 10 years. As such, Kurtz managed 11 departments, 2,300
employees and an operating budget of $580 million.
She also served as Pasadena’s capital projects administrator and the director of public works.
Before taking the job with the SGVEP, Kurtz was the interim city manager for the city of Covina.
Kurtz also serves on the Finance Committee of the Pasadena Foothills YWCA and on the board of trustees for the Pacific Asia Museum. She lives in Pasadena with her husband Jim McDermott.