Meet the Team

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Scott Ochoa, Chief Executive Officer for GEDC/ City Manager 

Scott Ochoa is the Chief Executive Officer for the Glendale Economic Development Corporation and the City Manager for the City of Glendale. Scott Ochoa was appointed City Manager of the City of Glendale in January 2012. In this capacity, he is the chief executive of a full-service city operation made up of more than 1,600 staff in 16 departments including Police, Fire, Public Works, Glendale Water & Power, Library Arts & Culture and Community Services & Parks to name a few. Over the last two years, Ochoa has hit the ground running by learning City operations and forging community partnerships. Blessed with a supportive City Council and expert Management Team, Ochoa is quickly integrating himself into the fabric of Glendale. His management philosophy is predicated on exceptional customer service, values bases management and precision execution.

Ochoa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Claremont McKenna College and earned a Master’s Degree at the USC School of Public Administration with an emphasis in public sector entrepreneurship.

Scott is active in the community he serves, supporting and participating in several community groups including the Glendale Kiwanis Club, Glendale YMCA and Ascencia. He also serves as an adjunct instructor at USC’s School of Planning Policy and Development. 

Philip Lanzafame, Chief Operating Officer of GEDC/ Director of Community Development 

Philip Lanzafame is the Chief Operating Officer for the Glendale Economic Development Corporation and the Director of Economic Development for the City of Glendale. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the City’s economic development program which includes business development and asset management. Lanzafame oversaw the City’s redevelopment program from 2004 until it was dissolved by the State of California in 2012; he is now responsible for the orderly unwinding of the program and ensuring Glendale receives its rightful share of former redevelopment assets and funding.

Lanzafame holds a Master of Public Administration degree With Distinction from California State University, Northridge, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University and in 2002 was a Fannie Mae Foundation Fellow in the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Darlene Sanchez, Deputy Director

Darlene Sanchez joined the City of Glendale in 2013 and serves as the Deputy Director of Community Development.  In this capacity, she oversees the Economic Development division and is responsible for managing City assets, economic development contracts, development agreements and the business services and attraction programs. Her goals are to ensure that the City of Glendale is enriching the quality of lives for the residents and workers within the City by attracting and retaining employers; developing amenities that support businesses and residents; and by encouraging strategic alliances across all business sectors.

She has over eighteen years of experience in municipal government with the cities of Walnut and Monrovia prior to coming to Glendale. Darlene earned a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California in 2004 and also has a degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton. 

Jennifer McLain, Principal Economic Development Officer 

Jennifer McLain joined the City of Glendale in 2015, and serves as Principal Economic Development Officer. In this capacity, she is responsible for implementing the department’s strategic planning efforts, with an emphasis on business services and attraction.

Jennifer joins the team with seven years in economic development experience and five years in the private sector as a newspaper reporter. Prior to working at the City of Glendale, she worked in the cities of Ontario and Monrovia as well as at the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership. She specializes in developing and implementing collaborative economic development and public relations strategies.  

Jennifer earned a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California in 2011, and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from San Jose State University.

Jacqueline Bartlow, Economic Development Coordinator

Jacqueline Bartlow joined the Economic Development Team in 2001.  In her current capacity as the Economic Development Coordinator, she serves as the liaison to the neighborhood business districts, the business improvement districts (BID) and all Glendale small businesses by providing business assistance and concierge services.  She was instrumental in the expansion and relocation of various key businesses in Glendale such as BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Panera Bread, Infiniti, and Pacific BMW.

Ms. Bartlow has over 25 years of municipal government experience with the Cities of Agoura Hills and Glendale.  She earned her Bachelors Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Tamar Sadd, Economic Development Coordinator

Tamar Sadd joined the Economic Development team in 2015. Tamar is responsible for business attraction, marketing, and developing economic development strategies. Tamar has been with the City of Glendale since 2011, serving in a communications capacity in both the Glendale Police Department and City Manager’s Office.

Tamar earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of California, Berkeley and is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California as a City/County Management Fellow.

Ani Pogossian, Economic Development Administrative Assistant

Economic Development Assistant, Ani Pogossian joined the City of Glendale in 2011 on a part-time basis.  In her current role, she is responsible for marketing and administrative support to the Economic Development team, including website development, social media, community outreach, brochure preparation, event coordination, and interdepartmental coordination.  She earned her Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University Northridge. 

Ardashes Kassakhian, Secretary for GEDC/ City Clerk 

Robert P. Elliot, Treasurer for GEDC/ Director of Finance 

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