Jessica Claire
  • Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
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Mission-driven leader and facilitator with a significant track record cultivating and strengthening collaborative relationships between and among city, federal and state agencies, elected officials, developers, community groups, and nonprofits to coordinate and maximize the impact of shared visions, programs, and missions. Focused administrator considered an expert in regulations, compliance and safety procedures. Highly capable in successfully resolving conflicts. Due to a family emergency that is preventing move to Willmar, MN, exploring organizational leadership roles in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

  • Business Administration
Work History
Director, Planning & Development Department, 04/2019 to Current
Willmar City HallCity, STATE,
  • Make City Council’s vision a reality by formulating and administering well-aligned policies and programs.
  • Manage departmental budget and guide staff.
  • Chief author of new economic development programs and strategies that have a city-wide impact by partnering with diverse community groups comprised of developers, contractors, engineers, architects, realtors, attorneys, elected officials, and residents.
  • Negotiate development deals that include Tax Increment Financing, Abatements, and local incentives.
  • Inform and provide guidance through presentations to internal and external stakeholders.
  • A sample innovation in economic development policy includes the City’s new Renaissance Zone: and
Core Faculty, 03/2019 to Current
California Southern UniversityCity, STATE,
  • Teach online courses in leadership, business organization, management, ethics, and social responsibility leading to learner mastery of subject matter.
  • Provide positive feedback, reinforcement, and direction that increase student's understanding course content.
  • Counsel students on ways to maximize their educational outcomes and support their effort to realize their professional objectives.
Appraiser & Construction Analyst, 02/2008 to 04/2019
U.S. Department Of Housing And Urban DevelopmentCity, STATE,
  • Significant project management and leadership of over $6B worth of successful Minnesota housing projects, notably the $100M renovation of the 1503-unit “Riverside Plaza;” the $62M 254-unit “Penfield Apartments;” $41M 134-unit “333 on the Park” Apartments.
  • Cleared underwriting and title issues through corrective actions resolving and mitigating many major financial, economic, environmental, and/or social risk factors.
  • Reviewed and approved contracts, specifications, and construction documents, which ensured architectural, engineering, and contractor compliance with agency policies, state building codes, and environmental laws.
  • Delivered results through onsite construction performance meetings to address issues quickly and approve or deny monthly draw requests and change orders.
  • Administration of lenders, owners, contractors, engineers, and architect activities leading to the correction of scheduling conflicts, nonconforming specifications, unjustified high costs, state code violations, legal description issues, and other periodic unforeseen issues.
Director, Assessing & Development Department, 10/2003 to 02/2008
Valley City HallCity, STATE,
  • Administered organization’s budget and managed staff to achieve organizational goals and objectives.
  • Developed policy and ordinance proposals for new programs promoting positive social and economic change.
  • Directed overall planning, development, and property-tax functions for entire city.
  • Prepared and maintained annual budget.
  • Prioritized work plans to meet near- and long-term objectives within the departmental budget.
  • Provide informational presentations to support community understanding of proposed department programs.
  • Established performance goals and process improvements to meet evolving multi-program objectives.
  • Prepared media releases and responded to news inquiries.
  • Led special projects through task forces and workgroups, coordinated efforts with City Commission, Planning Commission, and committees.
  • Developed and maintained authentic relationships across multiple local, state, and federal program areas.

Note: Additional private sector work history available upon request.

Ph.D.: Public Policy And Administration, Expected in
Walden University - Minneapolis, MN,
Master of Arts: Public Administration, Expected in
National University - La Jolla, CA
Bachelor of Science: Architecture, Expected in
North Dakota State University - Fargo, ND

Travel: Visited over 30 countries in 3 continents

Hobbies: Avid reader, writer, and painter

Data: MS Office, Relational Databases, Quantitative & Qualitative Analysis


Faculty Senate, California Southern University, La Jolla, CA

Board Member, Economic Development Commission (EDC), Willmar, MN

Board Member, Vision 2040 Housing Task Force, Willmar, MN

Board Member, LOGIS Government Information Systems, Golden Valley, MN

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