MOVING UP THE RANKS ... On Tuesday, the East Palo Alto City Council approved the appointment of assistant city manager Patrick Heisinger as interim city manager, effective May 1. Heisinger will become City Hall's top official once Jaime Fontes steps down from the role on April 30 after three years at the helm. "The city of East Palo Alto has an incredibly passionate and dedicated workforce," Heisinger said in a statement prior to Tuesday's vote. "I appreciate the City Council's confidence in me, and I'm excited to lead this team and continue our efforts during this pivotal time. The council approved the appointment by a unanimous vote. Heisinger brings nearly two decades of experience as a manager and executive in local government to the role. Since joining the city in 2018, he has worked as housing manager and director of community and economic development. Since 2019, Heisinger has been assistant city manager. "Patrick is a seasoned local government executive, knows East Palo Alto well, and has been a driving force for many successful projects and management improvement in our city," Mayor Ruben Abrica said in the statement. "I believe Patrick will endeavor to have the full trust of the City Council and city staff during this executive transition." Under the approved employment agreement, Heisinger will receive an annual salary of $222,500, in addition to benefits such as health coverage and pension contributions.
GUESS WHO'S COMING TO GRADUATION ... Stanford University has lined up two well-known alumni to serve as this year's commencement speakers at in-person ceremonies this June. Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings has been selected to address the Class of 2022 on June 12. Former NASA chief scientist France A. Cordova, currently president of the Science Philanthropy Alliance, will speak on June 11 to students who graduated in 2020 but only had a virtual ceremony. (The event also is open to 2021 graduates who didn't attend their commencement in person.) "France Cordova and Reed Hastings are pathbreakers who will inspire our graduates," Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne said in a press release. "Through their words and their examples, they will both lift the sights of our graduates beyond everyday concerns and encourage them to anticipate, with great optimism, the ways their Stanford experiences have helped prepare them to make the world a better place." Hastings, who graduated from Stanford in 1988 with a master's degree in artificial intelligence, was selected by Stanford's Office of the President, which received input from this year's senior class presidents. He previously served on the California State Board of Education and is currently a board member of multiple educational organizations, including KIPP Public Charter Schools. Cordova graduated from Stanford with a bachelor's degree in English in 1969 and received her doctorate in physics from the California Institute of Technology. Her past positions include director of the National Science Foundation and chancellor of the University of California, Riverside.
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