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For Immediate Release
May 23, 2013

Barbara Pierce, Chair
Redwood City 2020 Coordinating Council
Member, City Council of Redwood City

New Executive Director Hired for Collaborative Redwood City 2020

Redwood City, CA - The City of Redwood City is pleased to announce that Ms. Jana Kiser has accepted the position of Executive Director of Redwood City 2020, the local community collaborative which supports youth and families and seeks to engage and strengthen the community through its programs. Ms. Kiser will assume this important leadership role on June 3, 2013.

As Executive Director, Ms. Kiser will facilitate and lead the Redwood City 2020 partners toward implementing programs aimed at achieving the group's goals, manage the organization's operations and budget, assist with fundraising and communication strategies, and lead data analysis and evaluation related to selected indicators. She will also work with Redwood City 2020's policy-making Coordinating Council and advisory Cabinet to strategize and implement plans and programs for the organization. The Redwood City 2020 partnership consists of the City of Redwood City, the Redwood City Elementary School District, the Sequoia Union High School District, San Mateo County, Stanford University/John W. Gardner Center, First 5 San Mateo County, the Sequoia Healthcare District, and Kaiser Permanente. The Redwood City 2020 website is located at

"We're very happy to have Jana join Redwood City 2020 as Executive Director," said Barbara Pierce, Chair of the Redwood City 2020 Coordinating Council, and City Council member. "She brings a wonderful level of experience in collaborative efforts, education, and youth development, and clearly has the full range of leadership and management skills to bring further success to this organization."

Ms. Kiser's background includes founding and serving for 13 years as executive director of Global Learning, an international not-for-profit organization which provides educational programs in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico, and the United States. While there, she worked with colleagues and partner organizations from more than 24 countries and spearheaded education and community development projects that served more than 20,000 children. Her most recent position was as Community School Coordinator of a full-service community school in the Redwood City School District, providing services from more than 40 partner organizations, and managing a large team of holistic and youth development staff.

"This is such an exciting opportunity - I'm very fortunate to be able to join Redwood City 2020 and help the organization and its partners to move forward," said Ms. Kiser. "The mission and values of Redwood City 2020 reflect my own strong commitment to advancing education and youth and family development initiatives."

Ms. Kiser holds a degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Master of Arts in International Education Policy.

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