Ricardo Noguera

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Director, Department of Community and Economic Development
City of Tacoma, Washington

Ricardo Noguera hails from New York. He was born in Brooklyn and raised in Long Island. His education includes a B.A. in Cultural Geography from Hunter College, City University of New York, and a M.C.P. in City and Regional Planning from U.C. Berkeley.

Noguera has more than 22 years of experience in the field of community economic development representing communities throughout the San Francisco bay area, south Florida, Los Angeles, and for the past five years the central valley community of Visalia, California. He joins the City of Tacoma’s Community & Economic Development Department as Director in September 2012.

Key successes include authoring the Industrial Protection Zone in San Francisco’s Mission District; build-out of two RDA project areas in East Palo Alto, including recruitment of IKEA and negotiating several development agreements with retailers and 400,000 square feet of office development; administered entitlement process for 4,800 units of high rise luxury condos, managed completion of master plan for Johnson and Wales university in North Miami; financed several affordable housing developments and a market-rate retail and residential development in South Los Angeles; and recruited and filled more than 450,000 sf of national retailers to the Mooney Blvd. commercial corridor and expansion and recruitment of more than a dozen industrial firms in Visalia’s industrial park during the 2007-12 recession.