Dallas, TX – Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax has appointed Michael A. Mendoza to the position of Chief of Economic Development & Neighborhood Services. Effective April 3, 2019, Mendoza will begin leading efforts to deliver neighborhood services, and strengthen collaboration among stakeholders to improve the quality of life for Dallas residents.
“Michael brings a wealth of global experience in the areas of economic development, community development, and public policy. I look forward to working with him to develop a detailed plan to implement our comprehensive housing policy by creating and maintaining affordable housing throughout the city, and address challenges of segregation and concentration of poverty through strategic economic incentives and requirements,” said City Manager Broadnax.
As chief of economic development and neighborhood services, Mendoza will provide solid leadership to carry forth the development and implementation of quality programs and economic development strategies to address revitalization efforts and services essential to the sustainability of our communities.
“A commitment to community has been a personal mission, and I am honored to lead the City of Dallas’ economic development and neighborhood services initiatives. Dallas is already a great city, and I look forward to working with our staff, our public volunteers and our City Council to make it a more livable city for everyone,” said Mendoza.
Throughout his 25-year career, Mendoza has served in various capacities to multinational organizations with global reach and strategies. Serving as trade commissioner for the Consulate General of Canada, he advised and led on cross-border commercial alliances, foreign direct investment and technology partnerships. Prior to that, Mendoza served as director for international development with the Dallas Market Center, managing business development strategies in Latin America, Japan, and the United Kingdom. In addition, he served as an analyst in the Latin America section of the U.S. Agency for International Development and special assistant to the chief economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC.
A native of Dallas, Mendoza received his B.A. in Economics from Southern Methodist University. He has also been active in the community, including service as planning commissioner for the City of Dallas, director and board chair for the Southern Dallas Development Corporation and an active participant in urban land use policy issues.