Deputy City Manager, City of Palo Alto
With nearly 30 years of public service experience, Michelle Poché Flaherty has held senior executive positions in federal, state and local government. She coordinated economic development throughout the Bay Area on behalf of the State of California, worked as Director of Performance, Strategy & Innovation for the Architect of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., and served as Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norm Mineta.
In local government, Michelle was Chief of Staff to Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian and has served in city and county management positions in Nevada and Maryland. She published a textbook on supervisory skills for local government and regularly presents workshops on leadership and innovation for city and county management professionals. An expert in performance management, she also served on the Board of Examiners for the U.S. Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.
Michelle’s public policy work in transportation began as a congressional aide to the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation Committee Chairman and as a government affairs staffer for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Agency. As Palo Alto’s current Deputy City Manager, she is championing an initiative funded by the Federal Transit Administration to explore how technology innovation can improve mobility in local communities.