Sharon Landers, Assistant City Manager of Irvine, CA was presented with the Women Leading Government 2017 Excellence Award at the MMANC Women’s Leadership Summit.
Sharon has dedicated 30 years of her career to working as a leader in government. Following her admission to the New York State Bar, she has worked in executive level positions in six cities in New York, New Jersey and California. Since 2006, Sharon has held the position of Assistant City Manager for the City of Irvine. In this role, she has served as the City’s chief operating officer overseeing Community Development, Community Services, Public Works, and Administrative Services, as well as serving as the Assistant Executive Director for the Successor Agency to the Irvine Redevelopment Agency. For 13 months, from 2007 – 2008, Sharon also served as Interim CEO to the Orange County Great Park Corporation, guiding the development of a 1,300- acre park on a superfund site within a closed military base.
Sharon received her B.S. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and her J.D. from Albany Law School in New York State. She is admitted to the New York State Bar and the U.S. Supreme Court. She serves on the boards of Women Leading Government (WLG) and ICMA’s Local Government Management Fellowship Program. She is a Mentor for the Municipal Management Association of Southern California (MMASC) and recently was a Manager/Mentor for the Fullerton University City Management Fellowship Program. She has been a moderator, speaker and guest lecturer for various professional organizations and universities. She is the recipient of Teamwork Awards presented by the City Manager of the City of Irvine and the New York City Transportation Commissioner, the Influential Woman in Business Award presented by Silicon Valley Business Journal, and a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service during the XIII Winter Olympics presented by the New York State Governor.
Sharon’s professional and personal achievements have made her a role model for women in our profession. She has high standards and leads by example. Despite being the single mom of an eleven-year-old daughter, she continues to find time to give back to our profession and to go the extra mile at work to ensure her team always produces exemplary work.