Georgeanne White, Chief of Staff
As Chief of Staff, Ms. White plans, organizes and oversees the day to day activities of the Mayor’s Office, including scheduling, special projects, intergovernmental and legislative affairs.
The Chief of Staff serves as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Mayor and works closely with the City Manager and Department Heads in the development and implementation of City policy. Ms. White is the Administration’s senior advisor on issues such as city governance, water, budget, and government affairs and acts as main liaison to the City Council.
Ms. White is married to William M. White. They have twin daughters, Katie and Gracie.
Kelli Furtado, Deputy Chief of Staff
Kelli Furtado joined Mayor Swearengin’s Office as deputy chief of staff in January 2009 with a diverse professional background. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Ms. Furtado served as assistant director of the Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) at Fresno State. Ms. Furtado also served as the chief operating officer of the Central Valley Business Incubator and was instrumental in the development of the Water and Energy Technology Incubator located at Fresno State.
The deputy chief of staff provides direct support to the Mayor and oversees all operational/administrative aspects of the Mayor’s Office. Additional duties include the appointment of commissioners to various boards throughout the community as well as involvement in mayoral initiatives, such as Fresno First Steps Home. Building Neighborhood Capacity Program, Learn2Earn, and Strong Cities Strong Communities.
Cheryl Burns, Special Assistant
Cheryl Burns joined the City of Fresno in 2002. As Special Assistant to the Mayor, she coordinates scheduling and travel logistics, serves as the Travel Administrator for the City of Fresno, assists with constituent services and handles a variety of administrative projects. Ms. Burns earned a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, Fresno. She is married to Balt Burns and they have one son, Anderson.
Phone (559) 621-8000
FAX (559) 621-7990
Fresno City Hall
2600 Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93721-3600