Kelli Furtado is Mayor Dyer’s Chief of Staff. In this role, she is responsible for supporting Mayor Dyer’s One Fresno vision, navigating a variety of policy priorities, all focused on ensuring efficiencies, sustaining momentum, and accomplishing the Administration’s initiatives. She also serves as a liaison to the City Council, her colleagues, and various community stakeholders.
Kelli brings a diverse and entrepreneurial background to Mayor Dyer’s office, including more than a decade of previous public service with the City of Fresno. She served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Swearengin, and then as an Assistant Director in the Planning Department. Prior to joining the Dyer Administration, Kelli was Assistant Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Fresno Housing Authority.
In addition to her public sector service, Kelli has served as the Chief Operating Officer for a local business incubator and played a key role in the development of the Water and Energy Technology (WET) Incubator located at Fresno State, where she was also the Associate Director of the Office of Community and Economic Development.
Kelli is deeply committed to ongoing professional development and has earned several certificates in relevant industries including the Center for Community Progress at Harvard Law, the James Irvine Foundation New Leadership Network, the California Association for Code Enforcement Officers, the Center for the Study of Social Policy, and the Housing Policy Leadership Academy.
A Fresno native, Kelli had an adventurous and entrepreneurial upbringing throughout the western states before returning to the area, where she resides with her family.