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Mr. Edward K. Shikada, ICMA-CM, PE

City Manager

Organization: City of Palo Alto

Palo Alto, CA 94301-2531

Work: (650) 329-2280

Membership: Full (Active)


Ed Shikada has served as City of Palo Alto’s eighth City Manager since December 2018. Having been with the City since early 2015, Shikada has also served in the dual role of Assistant City Manager and General Manager of the Utilities Department. During Shikada’s tenure with the City, he has led notable efforts such as fire services contract negotiation with Stanford University; sustainability initiatives on solar, electric vehicle charging, carbon neutral natural gas, and Utilities strategic planning; and the ongoing community planning for rail grade separations. From 2003 to 2015, Shikada served the City of San Jose in a variety of increasingly senior positions, beginning as a Deputy City Manager prior to serving as City Manager, and was responsible for guiding the adaptation of a $2 billion investment in community facilities to the economic necessity of public private partnerships and evolving roles for the City. Prior to joining San Jose, Shikada held management positions at the City of Long Beach, including Director of Public Works, and at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Shikada is on the ICMA executive board, and holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Hawaii, a master’s degree in architecture and urban planning from UCLA, and certificates from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Stanford Center for Professional Development. During his spare time, he serves in a few roles with the Boy Scouts of America.

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