About the City Manager's Office

The City Manager's Office carries out all City policies by supervising and coordinating City departments, by preparing and presenting to the City Council the annual budget, by coordinating the preparation of City Council agendas and by addressing the strategic and policy needs of the Council, City and community. The over-arching goal of this office is to manage the affairs of the City to maximize efficiency, economy and public confidence in local government. The City Manager is hired directly by the City Council. All department heads report to the City Manager except the City Clerk and the City Attorney, both of whom report directly to the City Council.

City Manager Grace K. Leung

GDP_5913 - G. Leung Formal 2Grace Leung was appointed as Newport Beach City Manager in September 2018. You can read Grace's work experience and educational background. She can be reached by telephone at 949-644-3001 or by email at gleung@newportbeachca.gov.

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City Manager's Office Staff

Executive Assistant to the City Manager
Jennifer Biddle
949-644-3001 | jbiddle@newportbeachca.gov    

Assistant City Manager
Tara Finnigan, APR
949-644-3035 | tfinnigan@newportbeachca.gov

Assistant City Manager/Community Development Director
Seimone Jurjis
949-644-3200 | sjurjis@newportbeachca.gov

Assistant to the Assistant City Manager
Rosalinda Gonzalez
949-644-3003 | rogonzalez@newportbeachca.gov 

Public Information Manager
John Pope
949-644-3031 | jpope@newportbeachca.gov

Homeless Services Manager
Natalie Basmaciyan
949-718-1991  | nbasmaciyan@newportbeachca.gov

Senior Management Analyst
Melanie Franceschini
949-644-3028 | mfranceschini@newportbeachca.gov

The City Manager's Office is located on the second floor of Bay E at City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, 92660.    

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