Cathy Capriola joined the City of Sonoma as City Manager in January 2017 and has been a resident of Sonoma since 2009. With 25 years of local government experience, Cathy oversees the management and a operation of all City departments and services, as well as all City-wide projects. As the City Manager, Cathy reports to the City Council with the responsibility of providing professional background and recommendations for the Council’s decision making and to them implement the Council’s policy direction.
Cathy served as the Interim City Manager for the City of Novato from January – October 2016 and prior to that was the Assistant City Manager overseeing all administrative services for the City of Novato from 2009-2015. In Novato, Cathy brought best practices and strategic approaches to finance, information technology and the City’s human resources functions. Cathy also oversaw the dissolution of redevelopment, managed a citywide fiscal sustainability initiative including the passage of two sales tax revenue measures, and developed and implemented a true community information and engagement program.
Before joining Novato in 2009, Cathy was the Administrative Services Director for the City of Citrus Heights, a community of 90,000 in the Sacramento region. During her 10 years, she helped launch Citrus Heights as a newly incorporated city, implemented non-traditional compensation practices, and transitioned contract police services to a successful cost efficient in-house delivery model. Cathy served four years as the Deputy City Manager and Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Davis. She also served as a consultant with Shannon Associates and The Davis Company assisting local government clients in classification and compensation studies, management audits, and fire service consolidation studies. Cathy began her local government career with the City of Vacaville as a Management Analyst. In each community that she has worked for, Cathy has worked closely with the business community, school district and the non-profit community.
Cathy received her Master’s in Public and Private Management from Yale University and her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Davis. She is also a Public Affairs Fellow from the Coro Foundation in Public Affairs.