Assistant City Manager
Bruce Rudd continues his commitment to our community by transitioning to Interim Assistant City Manager and providing consulting services to the incoming City Management team and oversight of the Transportation and PARCS departments.
During his previous tenure as City Manager, Mr. Rudd was instrumental in helping the City avoid bankruptcy during the Great Recession. He spearheaded the effort to pay off the negative fund balance and rebuild our budget reserves which eventually led to Standard & Poor’s raising the City of Fresno’s credit rating from ‘BBB-minus’ to ‘A+’.
Mr. Rudd’s leadership was vital to the success of several important projects and initiatives, such as the Fulton Street Reconstruction Project, the General Plan 2035 Update, the first update to the City’s development code in over 50 years, Bus Rapid Transit, the Restore Fresno neighborhood revitalization initiative, and the Recharge Fresno water infrastructure project, the largest public works project in our city’s history. Prior to his appointment as City Manager, Mr. Rudd served as Assistant City Manager, Director of Transportation, and Director of PARCS.
Bruce is a life-long Fresnan and is married to his “high school sweetheart,” Ellie, and has two adult children, Peter and Ashley, a daughter-in-law Liz, a son-in-law Lemuri Flores, as well as four grandchildren; Trace, Reagan, Lucas and the latest addition to the family, a grandson named Benjamin.
Laura Gloria moved to Fresno in 2001 and attended Fresno State accomplishing a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. Since that time, she has gained experience in the private & public sector in operations, administration and project management with an overall focus on efficiency. Currently, she serves as the Business Manager for the City Manager’s Office in which she herds a variety of initiatives and operations such as contract administration, asset management, grants, and projects such as South Stadium Phase 1, a $17 million Affordable Housing Mixed Use Development. Mrs. Gloria takes pride in being part of a driven team that focuses on delivering City resources and services to the community she serves. Mrs. Gloria was raised all over California but has called Fresno her home for over 15 years. She enjoys hiking nearby in Yosemite and Sequoia Forests, running, and spending time with her partner Adam and their three dogs.
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 Executive Assistant 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.