Grace Leung Leads NB/CdM as City Manager

Corona del Mar Chamber
Grace Leung Leads NB/CdM as City Manager

On Behalf of the CdM Chamber of Commerce & Business Improvement District – Welcome Grace Leung as City Manager.

The City Manager holds such an important task in leading our community towards success!  We look forward to working with Ms. Leung for many years to come.


Grace Leung Selected as Newport Beach City Manager

NEWPORT BEACH, Ca. – At its August 14, 2018 meeting, the Newport Beach City Council unanimously selected Grace Leung to serve as its next City Manager. Leung will assume the organization’s top administrative spot on September 4, replacing current City Manager Dave Kiff, who will retire on August 31 after 20 years of service to Newport Beach.
Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield expressed enthusiasm for Leung’s hire, explaining, “The City Council launched a nationwide recruitment to find the leader with just the right mix of experience, education and talent to take the helm of our city organization. We had the privilege of meeting and interviewing some strong candidates and greatly appreciate the candidates’ interest in the position. Grace’s strong background in municipal finance, operations and administration, and strong communication skills, make her a fantastic choice for Newport Beach.”
Mayor pro Tem Will O’Neill added, “Grace has a strong education base from Columbia University and Harvard University. She has a keen intellect that will serve our community, staff, and City Council well. We welcome Grace and her family and look forward to her years of service in our great City.”
Leung has more than 20 years of experience working in local government. She was most recently Acting City Manager in Irvine, where she had previously been Assistant City Manager, managing day-to-day city operations and leading the Administrative Services, Community Services, Community Development, Transportation and Public Works departments.
Prior to Irvine, Leung worked for six years as the Director of Finance for the City of Sunnyvale. Her responsibilities included the development of Sunnyvale’s performance-based budget and its 20-year financial plan. Leung began her career with the City of Long Beach.
Newport Beach Names Grace Leung as City Manager,
Leung holds a Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in Urban Studies and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Leung, and her husband Jim, have two children, Skylar and Miles.
Leung said, “It is truly a great honor to be selected as the next City Manager for Newport Beach. I look forward to getting to know the community and working together with the City Council and staff to serve the residents and businesses. I am excited to be a part of a great team ensuring the high quality of life for which Newport Beach is widely recognized.”