René Eyerly was appointed the Assistant City Administrator effective June 14, 2022. Ms. Eyerly has an extensive portfolio of accomplishments in city government as well as the private sector. She has served as interim Assistant City Administrator since September 25, 2021.
Ms. Eyerly’s background includes five years with the City in a number of leadership roles, including as the acting Co-Director for the Sustainability and Resilience Department, overseeing Santa Barbara Clean Energy, climate action, the Solid Waste Utility, and Clean SB neighborhood improvement programs. During her tenure with the City, she created the Homeless Encampment Response Team and spearheaded the pilot program for safe shelter for individuals living in fire-prone encampments.
Prior to her time in Santa Barbara, she was the manager of the Sustainability and Regulatory Compliance Division for the City of San Jose, where she was instrumental in leading that city’s groundbreaking sustainable Green Vision and $1 billion wastewater master plan implementation. Ms. Eyerly has a Masters degree from Yale in Environmental Policy and Management, and did her undergraduate work at the University of South Carolina.