David Sykes
David Sykes
David Sykes
City Manager, City of San José

San José State
B.S., Civil Engineering (1991)
M.S., Civil Engineering (1995)

  • Sykes serves as city manager of the City of San José, reporting directly to the mayor and city council, leads a workforce of more than 6,400 employees and oversees a $3.7 billion annual operating budget for America's 10th largest city.
  • First hired as an engineering trainee with the city in 1987, Sykes was appointed city manager in 2017. In his role, he is responsible for the administration of day-to-day municipal operations and the implementation of city council policies.
  • As city manager, he is focused on near-term priorities for San José, the capital of Silicon Valley—a global innovation center with one of the largest concentrations of technology companies and expertise in the world.
  • An active volunteer at San José State, Sykes currently serves on the campus's Engineering Industry Advisory Council.

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