Katie Stevens, who has been Fresno’s government affairs manager since November 2009, is leaving the city to work for eBay in San Jose. Her last day was Friday.
Stevens, 33, had worked for Mayor Ashley Swearengin when she was director of the Office of Community and Economic Development at Fresno State. Swearengin took office as mayor in January 2009, and Stevens came to City Hall that November.
Swearengin praised Stevens, calling her “one of the top government affairs managers in California and across the nation. She has been an integral part of the city’s efforts to engage the state and federal governments on a wide range of issues.”
But Stevens also found herself in the middle of a City Council debate early this year on the city’s spending on lobbyists. Some council members questioned the need in tight budget times for lobbyists in Washington D.C., Sacramento and in the mayor’s office.
Stevens earned $65,476 annually for her city job, and spokesman Michael Lukens said the position will stay and be filled after a candidate search.
In her city job, Stevens coordinated efforts between the city’s various departments, the lobbyists, the League of California Cities and the region’s state and federal legislators. She also wrote grant applications.
Stevens will be a manager in eBay’s government relations office.