Assistant City Manager
Jim Schaad has served as the City’s Director of Transportation since September 2017, where he managed the successful implementation of the new “Q” Bus Rapid Transit System.
Mr. Schaad served as an Assistant Director for the Transportation Department for 6 years, where he was responsible for the Department’s capital projects and maintenance operations. He entered the public sector 16 years ago, where he began managing ongoing operations and capital projects for the City of Fresno’s Fleet Management Division. Prior to civil service, Mr. Schaad spent 16 years managing various manufacturing operations in the private sector. He has also taught at California State University, Fresno as an adjunct professor for the last 18 years.
Mr. Schaad has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from California State University, Fresno and a Master’s in Business Administration from Portland State University. He and his wife, Lynn, have been married for 29 years and have two adult children.
Deputy City Manager
Aldi Ramirez was hired as Deputy City Manager in October 2019, where she performs professional administrative and managerial assignments in support of the City Manager and works with executive management staff in coordinating and directing activities involved in the implementation and completion of city-wide projects and the planning and organization of diverse programs and activities.
Prior to serving as Deputy City Manager, Mrs. Ramirez worked in the Parking Services Division before transferring to the Administration Division of the Development and Resource Management Department (DARM). There she served as a Management Analyst II for three Assistant Directors. Aldi most recently served as the Senior Management Analyst for the Housing and Community Development Division. In that capacity, she assisted in the administration of four federal entitlement programs the City receives from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. She also ensured the completion and implementation of the City’s Annual Action Plans and Consolidated Annual Performance Reports.
Mrs. Ramirez graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno as a Smittcamp Scholar.
Deputy City Manager
Thomas Gaffery joined the City of Fresno in 2018 as Parking Division Manager. In that capacity, he has been instrumental in implementing a number of transformational changes to the City’s parking program, including the successful launch of the ParkMobile app, introduction of online parking permit sales, and progress toward deploying credit card parking meters. Thomas was promoted to Deputy City Manager in March 2020. In this role, he oversees customer service and related analytics of service technologies such as the City’s 311 system and FresGO mobile app, in addition to maintaining management of the Parking Division.
Prior to joining the City, Thomas spent over 13 years in leadership roles at the California State University, Fresno and San Bernardino campuses. Thomas has presented sessions at over a dozen national and international conferences. He currently serves as the Legislative Committee Chair of the California Public Parking Association and was recognized by the National Parking Association as one of its “40 Under 40.”
Thomas was born and raised in Merced. He graduated with his Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Fresno State.
Chief of Staff to the City Manager
Michelle Marchini joined the City of Fresno in 2007 with over 20 years of experience in Human Resources, Training, Recruiting, Volunteer Management and Financial Services in both the private and non-profit sectors. Ms. Marchini’s career has taken her from Fresno to San Francisco, Monterey and back. During this time, she lead the reorganization of the Volunteer Services program at Valley Children’s Hospital and was instrumental in expanding the program by increasing the number of volunteers from 100 to 550 and the number of placement opportunities throughout the organization from 2 to over 40 within 18 months. Most recently, Ms. Marchini gained additional experience in the financial services field after obtaining two securities licenses, while offering financial planning to clients through the Principal Financial Group.
She currently serves as the Chief of Staff to the City Manager, coordinating the day-to-day activities of Administration and serving as a liaison to departments throughout the organization and community partners. Her strengths in systems development, project management, and servant leadership support her in providing exceptional service to the City and the public.
Ms. Marchini achieved her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Fresno State and Master’s degree in Organizational Development from Alliant International University. She is married to Perry and has one talented daughter, Savannah. Ms. Marchini enjoys escaping to the ocean with her family as often as possible.
Yvonne Teixeira joined the City of Fresno in 2018 as an Executive Assistant. In her role, Yvonne provides administrative support to the City Manager’s Office team. She has extensive experience in providing administrative support to high-level executives. Before joining the City, Yvonne served 18 years at a local real estate development firm where she was a key contributor to various aspects of the business, including property and project management. In her previous position, Yvonne was successful in guiding her team to minimize vacancies and maximize the marketing position of the property she managed.
Although born and raised in the Bay Area, Yvonne has called Fresno “home” since 1999. She is married to Jonathon and has a son, Matthew, and a daughter, Jayden. Yvonne enjoys spending time with her family and loves a warm day at the lake.