Recognized for his entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, and passion for building organizations, Matthew Sterling Grundy brings expertise in organizational development, real estate, finance, and capacity building to the City of Fresno. Most importantly Matthew has a genuine love for people. Formerly homeless, since 2015 as CEO at Habitat for Humanity Greater Fresno Area, Matthew has helped the organization improve housing conditions for 28 times the number of families it had served on an annual basis prior to his arrival. Nationally, Matthew has helped lead strategic visioning for 1,200 Habitat operations across the US. While Matthew’s leadership has led to the expansion of building homes and hope with families across two counties and four countries, he is focused on seeing his local community thrive.
Prior to his work at Habitat, Mr. Grundy worked as an organizational consultant, developer, and President of a national supplemental educational services company that focused on turning around failing public schools. His work helped improve K-12 academic outcomes for 250,000 low-income students across 16 states within 1,000 schools. Matthew hails from southern California and received his Bachelor’s from the University of Southern California in business administration with an emphasis in entrepreneurial studies. He, his wife Jocelyn, and their six children are looking forward to this next season of community support with his role as the incoming Deputy Mayor.
Chief of Staff to the Mayor
Tim Orman was born and raised in Fresno and is a graduate of Bullard High School. Tim owned and operated a very successful advertising agency for many years before becoming one of the valley’s premier political consultants. Tim is a quick study, has a unique ability to see issues from different perspectives and to offer sound advice as to how to proceed.
After nearly 40 years in the private sector, Tim transitioned into the role of Chief of Staff for Mayor Lee Brand. Originally, Tim committed to doing the job for one year, but he quickly learned that the skills and experience he learned in the private sector were tailor-made for his new role. Tim shares my heart and passion for service and I am very pleased to have Tim continue in his role as Chief of Staff.
Deputy Chief of Staff
Chris has served 19 years with the City of Fresno with the Code Enforcement/Community Revitalization Division. Chris is responsible for working on highly complex land use cases, Downtown/Neighborhood Revitalization efforts and played a key role in developing the City’s first Rental Housing Inspection Program.
Chris serves as the California Chapter Director of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC). The NHCLC is the largest Hispanic Christian organization in the country representing over 42,000 churches.
Chris has worked closely with Presidential Advisors and members of Congress on legislation relating to criminal justice reform and comprehensive immigration reform.
Representing the NHCLC, Chris collaborated with the National Asian American Coalition and other community groups as plaintiffs in a successful housing lawsuit returning $331 million back to California distressed homeowners and renters.
Chris was recently selected to PG&E’s Communities of Color Advisory Group which focuses on diversity outreach and engagement. He is also a graduate of the San Joaquin Political Academy.
Director, Beautify Fresno
Mr. Standriff is responsible for 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 of Fresno through the elimination of trash, graffiti, and blight, and the creation of community-based beautification projects. Prior to being selected to serve as the Director of Beautify Fresno, Mr. Standriff served as the City of Fresno’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs for two Mayors, and for the current Mayor, his responsibilities include planning and coordinating community-based cleanup and beautification events around the City. Mr. Standriff 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). Mr. Standriff studied at the U.S. Air Force Academy and the University of Toledo.
Harold (H) Spees
Director, Housing and Homeless Services
Mr. Spees is responsible for planning and coordinating the deployment of interdepartmental resources for the City’s Housing and Homeless Services Program. The Mayor’s objective for the Housing and Homeless Services Program is to eradicate homelessness in the City of Fresno and to increase the rate of ownership for women and people of color. Prior to being selected to serve as the Director of Housing and Homeless Services, Mr. Spees served as Mayor Lee Brand’s Director of Strategic Initiatives, which included homelessness, human trafficking, and the revitalization of disadvantaged neighborhoods. For over 40 years Mr. Spees 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 in the US and internationally. Mr. Spees is an ordained minister, with a bachelor’s degree from Belhaven University, and a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco, and a doctoral degree from Bakke Graduate University.
Government Affairs Manager
John Ellis joined the City in 2017 after more than 30 years as a journalist, working at newspapers in Oroville CA, Philadelphia, Gary IN, and Wichita KS before joining The Fresno Bee in 2000 as the paper’s political writer. In 17 years at The Bee, John covered Fresno’s local political scene, as well as state and national political conventions and state and federal governments, including California Governors Gray Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jerry Brown, and Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. He also covered state and federal courts. John is a graduate of California State University, Chico, earning a BA in Information and Communication Studies. He is married and has two children, and besides a deep love of baseball, has a lifelong passion for travel, visiting 49 of 50 states and close to 60 countries on five continents.
Executive Assistant to the Mayor