Economic Development Manager, Office of Economic and Workforce Developement
City of Oakland, California
Aliza Gallo is the economic development coordinator for the City of Oakland’s Community Economic Development Agency. Under her leadership, business development team efforts are focused at targeted industries, retail development, and major business attraction and expansion efforts. She has helped lead key Oakland’s business development initiatives: the citywide retail enhancement strategy, a targeted industry attraction program, and assisting with enhancement of the city’s business services program.
Since 1994 Gallo has served in several key management and organizational development roles for the City of Oakland. Her past work includes a mix of major redevelopment and economic development public/private partnership projects. Gallo is the former executive director of the Oakland Base Reuse Authority, the Local Reuse Authority for closed military facilities in the City of Oakland. Under Gallo’s leadership, the Oakland Redevelopment Agency received a No Cost Economic Development Conveyance; in addition, she was the lead for the merger of the Oak Knoll Redevelopment and Central City East Redevelopment Project areas. Oak Knoll is the former Naval Medical Center Oakland.
Gallo serves on the board of directors for the Downtown Oakland and the Lake Merritt/ Uptown District Associations and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Alameda County. She served two terms as the Northern California Alliance Public Sector Co-Chair for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and currently serves on the Planning Committees for local and Bay Area ICSC activities. She is a member of Urban Land Institute, ICSC, and the California Downtown Association.
Gallo holds a Masters of Urban Planning degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona.