Key Staff

Gregory Barfield

Gregory Barfield
Assistant City Manager

Gregory Barfield oversees the City of Fresno’s transportation departments, including Fresno Area Express and Fresno Yosemite International Airport, as well as the parking division, the City’s COVID-19 response, and special projects including the Convention Center, Chukchansi Park, and the planned Animal Shelter.  Gregory works with City staff and community stakeholders to identify opportunities to increase the value and benefit of key public facilities, programs, and services provided to residents.

Gregory joined the City in 2005 and during the past 15 years has shown expertise across all areas of government.  He previously served as the Director of Transportation, leading a team of more than 500 employees and managing a more than $165 million annual budget.  He also has served as staff to the Mayor’s/Manager’s Office, Council Chief of Staff to former Council Members Oliver Baines and Cynthia Sterling, and an Assistant Department Director.

Gregory was born in Fresno and earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from California State University, Fresno, and a master’s degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies from Fresno Pacific University.

He is married to Angie and in their blended family, they have seven children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.  He enjoys movies and sports.

Francine Kanne

Francine Kanne

Francine Kanne
Assistant City Manager

Francine Kanne is responsible for the City of Fresno’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Service, and for the City’s public safety departments, which include the Police Department, Fire Department, and Office of Independent Review.  Francine ensures the facilities, programs, and services assigned to these departments are maintained and efficiently operated.  With the passing of Measure P, Francine will work with City staff and community stakeholders to provide recommendations to improve and maintain existing City parks, develop new parks and recreational programs for youth and seniors, develop after school programs and job training for youth and veterans, expand access to the arts, and develop trails.

Prior to accepting the position with the City Manager’s Office, Francine worked 17 years in Fresno’s City Attorney’s Office.  Francine has 33 years experience as a trial lawyer and in her time in the City Attorney’s Office supervised the Litigation Department, including both in-house and outside legal counsel.  Francine has extensive experience working with City Departments and the City Council to ensure City services are in full compliance with federal, state, and local requirements, as well as community expectations.

Francine earned an associate science degree in dental hygiene from Fresno City College, majored in business at California State University, Fresno, and earned a Juris Doctorate from the San Joaquin College of Law.

Francine has been married for 27 years and lives with her husband on an almond and raisin-grape ranch along with her horses, mini donkeys, dogs, cats and chickens. She enjoys gardening, cooking, and scrapbooking.

Georgeanne White

Georgeanne White
Assistant City Manager

Georgeanne White is responsible for the City of Fresno’s internal service departments – Budget, Finance, Personnel, Information Services, and Facilities.  These departments work with other City departments that provide public services.  She also oversees the Council meeting agenda process and serves as a liaison to the City Council

Georgeanne has worked almost two decades in City of Fresno executive leadership positions.  She has served as a Council Chief of Staff, Assistant Department Director, and Chief of Staff for former Mayors Alan Autry and Ashley Swearengin.  Most recently, Georgeanne was the founder and principal of Starting Point Solutions, LLC, a specialty consulting firm with expertise in organizational management and administration, project management, government affairs, and public policy.

Georgeanne has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in business law, from California State University, Fresno.

She is married, has two children, and enjoys reading and binge-watching Netflix.

Linda Cunha Reitz

Linda Cunha Reitz
Executive Assistant to the City Manager

Linda is responsible for City Manager Thomas Esqueda’s calendar, as well as contracts and payroll.

Linda was born and raised in Fresno and is a graduate of Washington Union High School.  She owned and operated a farming business and worked in the private sector as a Legal Assistant/ Paralegal for over 30 years before transitioning to public service about 10 years ago.  Prior to being selected as Executive Assistant to the City Manager, she was an Executive Assistant in the City Attorney’s office.

Linda is married and has two children and four granddaughters.  She enjoys golf, gardening, and reading.

Toni Machado

Toni Machado
Executive Assistant to the City Manager

Toni manages the Assistant City Mangers’ calendars, works on agreements and contracts as well as special projects and accounts payable.  She also works with other City departments on Council meeting agenda items.

Toni joined the City in January 2021 after working for more than 25 years for The Fresno Bee. At The Bee, Toni was the assistant to multiple Executive Editors as well as the Publisher.

Toni was born in Selma and graduated from Selma High School. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking road trips, and heading to the beach or the mountains.

Special Initiatives

Mark Standriff

Mark Standriff
Director, Beautify Fresno

Mark Standriff is in charge of planning and coordinating the deployment of interdepartmental resources for the City’s Beautify Fresno Program. The Mayor’s objective for Beautify Fresno is to cooperate and collaborate with other public and private agencies to clean and beautify the City through the elimination of trash, graffiti, and blight, and the creation of community-based beautification projects.

Mark came to the City in 2014 when former Mayor Ashley Swearengin hired him as Director of Communications and Public Affairs, a role he continued under former Mayor Lee Brand.

Mark is active in the community, serving on the boards of Any Given Child, StageWorks Fresno, the Fresno/Clovis Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC).

An Ohio native, Mark studied at the U.S. Air Force Academy and the University of Toledo.  He is married and has two children.  Mark is an avid sports fan – particularly Cleveland teams – enjoys performing in local theater productions and is oftentimes behind the mic as the Fresno Grizzlies Stadium public address announcer.

H Spees

H Spees
Director, Housing and Homeless Services

H Spees oversees the planning and coordinating the deployment of interdepartmental resources for the City’s Housing and Homeless Services Program.  His work supports Mayor Dyer’s objective to make homelessness in the City rare, brief, and non-recurring and to increase the rate of affordable housing production and homeownership, especially for women and people of color.

H came to the City in 2017, serving as former Mayor Lee Brand’s Director of Strategic Initiatives, a job which included homelessness, human trafficking, and the revitalization of disadvantaged neighborhoods.

For more than 40 years, H has worked with business, government, faith-based and community-based organizations to develop solutions for the complex urban problems that plague under-resourced neighborhoods and communities both in the US and globally.

H is an ordained minister, with a bachelor’s degree from Belhaven University, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco, and a doctoral degree in global urban development from Bakke Graduate University.

H is married and has six children and 13 grandchildren.  He enjoys biking, camping, and body surfing and is an avid baseball fan.