As the Community and Economic Development Director, Pamela will be overseeing City’s Planning and Building divisions. She brings 20 years of public sector experience in urban planning, government affairs and community development.
Pamela Wu has been served as the Acting Community and Economic Development Director since October 2020, when the prior Director, Darcy Smith, departed for a position in the City of Millbrae.
Pamela joined San Bruno in July 2019 to serve as the City’s first Planning and Housing Manager. Prior to her service in San Bruno, Ms. Wu was a Senior Planner with City of Gilroy and previous served as the Deputy Zoning Administrator for the Santa Clara County.
Pamela started her planning career as Planner I with Santa Clara County and quickly worked her way up the ranks becoming the County’s Deputy Zoning Administrator while also serving as the Secretary to the Architectural and Site Approval Committee. After 17 years of rural and agricultural development planning with the County, Pamela decided to focus her attention on urban planning and joined City of Gilroy. While she was in Gilroy, she assisted City’s large economic development and was designated as City’s liaison for Chamber of Commerce and Gilroy Downtown Association. In her time with City of Gilroy, Pamela completed several large housing projects, entitled a new Nissan auto dealership and engaged the San Jose Sharks in constructing a practice hockey arena at the City park.
Pamela is a longtime member of the American Planning Association (APA) and received her certification as a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) since 2008. Pamela holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from University of California Berkeley.
Outside of work, Pamela enjoys spending her time with her loving husband and two wonderful children. Pamela is often spotted busy cheering either at a baseball game or a volleyball match (of course, this is pre-COVID time). Pamela enjoys very much her time volunteering at River of Life Christian Church. Pamela is a long-term resident in the South Bay city of Sunnyvale and is a firm believer of retail therapy.