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Gregory Barfield

Assistant City Manager

Gregory Barfield oversees the Airports, General Services, and Transportation departments in his role as an Assistant City Manager. He also oversees the City’s Convention Center, Special Events Department, and Chukchansi Park, as well as budget resourcing policy implementation.

As part of his duties, Gregory also currently serves as the Transportation Department’s Interim Director, overseeing a department of more than 500 people and a $138 million annual budget that covers Fresno Area Express (FAX) fixed route bus and Para-Transit services.  He previously served as the Transportation Department’s director from August 2018 to December 2021.

Gregory has also served as the Transportation Department’s assistant director, where he supported transit operations, planning, community relations, and the customer experience.

Over the years, Gregory has worked in all levels of government. For a decade prior to his move to the Transportation Department, he served as Chief of Staff to Council Members Oliver Baines and Cynthia Sterling. In that role, he was responsible for enacting the council members’ vision, reviewing land use, planning projects, economic development activities and overseeing the staff, interns and volunteers.

Under the Mayor and City Manager, Gregory also served as the City of Fresno’s Homeless Policy and Prevention Coordinator, and ensured that supportive systems towards Housing First were built between government, community-based nonprofits, churches and the community.

Gregory has been active in many local, state, and federal political campaigns over the last 35 plus years, with time spent working at community-based non-profits, institutions of higher learning and private business.

Born in Fresno to Tommy and Wanda Barfield, Gregory grew up in the Bay Area city of Richmond, where he graduated from John F. Kennedy High School. He is married to Dr. Angie Barfield, Ed.D. In their blended family, they have seven children, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Gregory graduated from California State University Fresno with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, and has a Masters in Leadership and Organizational Studies from Fresno Pacific University’s School of Business.

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TJ Miller

Assistant City Manager

TJ Miller oversees the Personnel Services, Information Services, Emergency Preparedness and Parks, After School, Recreation and Community Services (PARCS) departments in her role as an Assistant City Manager.

Appointed to her current position in February 2022, TJ brings a wealth of knowledge to the City Manager’s Office. She joined the City in 2006 and has served in multiple leadership roles, including director of both the Personnel Services and PARCS departments.

TJ helped lead efforts to re-open Camp Fresno, helped restructure the PARCS department, assisted and participated in launching the implementation of the Measure P process, and led teams that in the past year successfully negotiated eleven labor contracts.

A Fresno native, TJ earned her Master’s in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno, and a BS in Business Management from University of Phoenix.

She met her husband Matt while attending Fresno State. They have been married 33 years and love spending time traveling to see their daughter in New Orleans and their son and daughter-in-law in Davis.

In her free time, TJ enjoys home improvement projects and training for, and participating in, half-marathons – particularly if they are at Disney World, and spending time with her family.

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Ruth F. Quinto, CPA

Assistant City Manager

Ruthie Quinto oversees the Public Works, Public Utilities and Finance departments in her role as an Assistant City Manager.

Ruthie is well known in Fresno government circles, and brings to her position a broad range of financial and operational leadership, knowledge, and experience.  She served more than 15 years as the Fresno Unified School District’s Deputy Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer, overseeing fiscal, budget and operational services and advising the Superintendent and Board of Education on fiscal and education policy.  Prior to Fresno Unified, Ruthie served as the City of Fresno’s Controller and Interim Assistant City Manager under Mayor Alan Autry.  She also worked as the City of Malibu’s Treasurer and Interim Assistant City Manager.

In 2015, the Association of California School Administrators recognized Ruthie as Administrator of the Year, and in 2004 she was named one of the Marjaree Mason Center’s Top Ten Business and Professional Women of the Year.

A native Fresnan, Ruthie received her BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from California State University, Fresno. She earned her CPA license from the California State Board of Accountancy in 1994. After graduating from Fresno State, Ruthie enjoyed an auditing career in public accounting for eight years, working for a national CPA firm in southern California.

Ruthie and Frank, her husband of 27 years, give back to the community through volunteer service on multiple non-profit charities and boards. They also enjoy traveling, reading, boating, and spending time at the beach with their three children, Rebecca, Jacob, and Nicolas.

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Jennifer Ruiz

Deputy City Manager

As Deputy City Manager, Jennifer provides administrative and managerial support to the City Manager and Assistant City Managers.

Jennifer assists the team with high-level project management and the evaluation of programs and processes to achieve operational efficiencies. She began her City of Fresno career in April 2020 as Project Manager overseeing development of a cannabis business framework.

She has extensive experience in project management, leadership, and program development. Before joining the City, Jennifer spent more than six years as the chief executive of a non-profit health organization in Fresno, as well as two years in an elected leadership position in her Native American tribal community.

Jennifer has significant experience in writing and managing federal, state, and local grant programs, managing personnel and developing budgets, as well as preparing for audits and compliance reviews. A Fresno State alumnus, Jennifer earned a Master of Business Administration degree, a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology.

She was born and raised in Clovis, is married with two young daughters, and enjoys reading, playing co-ed recreational soccer with her husband, and watching her daughters, niece, and nephews play sports.

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Alma Torres

Deputy City Manager

Alma Torres provides administrative and managerial support to the City Manager and Assistant City Managers.  She assists the team with budget and policy implementation and assists with the evaluation of programs and processes to achieve operational efficiencies.  Alma’s career with the City began over 25 years ago as a Summer Youth Intern while at Roosevelt High School.  Since then, she has continuously been promoted to several roles and has worked in many City Departments developing budgets and managing finances.  Most recently she was in the Budget and Management Studies Division overseeing the development of the Measure P Budget for the Parks, After School, Recreation, and Community Services Department.  For the last year, Alma has served as one of the City appointed Trustees for the Employees Retirement Board.

Alma has called Fresno her home since a young age when her single mother immigrated to Fresno to work in agricultural labor.  Alma received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and a Masters in Leadership Studies from Fresno Pacific University.

She is married and has a blended family of five children. She enjoys reading, traveling, dancing, and learning about various cultures through food and art.

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Toni Machado

Executive Assistant to the City Manager

Toni is responsible for City Manager Georgeanne White’s calendar, works on 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.