Development vet takes over department

As The City aims to capture the America’s Cup sailing race, a new face is taking the helm of economic development in San Francisco.
Mayor Gavin Newsom named Jennifer Entine Matz as the head of the economic development department, effective Sept. 30.

Matz, 41, will replace Michael Cohen as director of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

She has been the managing deputy director of the department for the past five years, and she crafted the first citywide strategic economic development plan, implemented an economic development stimulus program and spearheaded the citywide Tourism Improvement District.

“Jennifer’s extensive experience in the economic development of our city will provide a smooth transition and continue the legacy of economic development and job creation we have seen under Michael Cohen,” Newsom said. 

As director, Matz will take the helm of critical projects such as Treasure Island redevelopment and mid-Market Street revitalization.

Perhaps her most daunting task will be to prepare San Francisco for the America’s Cup regatta should The City be selected to host the next race. It would cost as much as $120 million to upgrade piers.

“Michael Cohen is spending his last month here solely focused on the America’s Cup and we will be in great shape to transition that to me should we be fortunate enough to be chosen,” Matz said.

esherbert@sfexaminer.com

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