Patricia E. Martel retired as City Manager of Daly City in 2018. Daly City is the largest and most diverse full-service community in San Mateo County. She also served as the General Manager of the North San Mateo County Sanitation District and Executive Director of the Daly City Redevelopment Agency.
During her thirty-year career in local government, Ms. Martel has held executive management positions with several California municipalities including the cities of Inglewood, South San Francisco and Daly City, where she served as Assistant City Manager from 1995 to 2001. In 2001, she was appointed by then Mayor Willie L. Brown to serve as the General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission with responsibility for managing the Hetch Hetchy water delivery system which serves 2.4 million people in the Bay Area and the sewer and power systems serving the City and County of San Francisco.
Ms. Martel’s community service activities include work as a board member and volunteer for a number of non- profit boards, among them the Family Service Agency of San Mateo County, Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together Peninsula and the International Museum of Women. She was also an appointed Trustee of the San Francisco Employees Retirement System, serving as both President and Vice-President of the City’s pension fund board. Ms. Martel was elected by her professional peers as a regional Vice-President of the International City/County Management Association, the premier local government leadership and management organization. KQED Public Broadcasting and Kaiser Permanente have honored Ms. Martel by selecting her as a Latino Heritage Month Local Herof or her outstanding contributions and commitment to community service.
TheSanFrancisco Business Times has acknowledged her professional accomplishments by naming her one of the 100 Most Influential Business Women in the Bay Area and has also cited her among the Top 100 Women Business Leaders in the Bay Area. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Martel holds a bachelor’s of science degree in public affairs and a master’s degree in public administration.