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Community Development Director Selection

Post Date:12/17/2019 10:00 AM

Press Release: Carrie Tai Selected as City’s Community Development Director (PDF)


Bruce Moe, City Manager
City of Manhattan Beach
(310) 802-5053

                              Carrie Tai Selected as City’s Community Development Director         

Manhattan Beach, CA (December 17, 2019) – The City of Manhattan Beach is pleased to announce that Carrie Tai has been selected as the Director of Community Development.  Carrie most recently served as the Manager of Master Planning for the Port of Long Beach where she advanced the first comprehensive update of the Port Master Plan in 30 years. 

Carrie Tai Headshot

“I am so thrilled to join the City of Manhattan Beach and to help provide excellent services to the community.  I look forward to partnering with community stakeholders and the City team to see that Manhattan Beach remains one of the premier coastal cities in California,” said Carrie Tai.

Carrie’s planning background ranges from the intensely urban environment of New York City to the agrarian small community of Los Banos, CA, in California’s vast San Joaquin Valley.  Prior to the Port of Long Beach, Carrie served as the City of Long Beach’s Current Planning Officer, overseeing the day-to-day planning services during one of the most robust development periods in the City’s history.  Carrie was also the City’s Zoning Administrator.

Earlier in her career, Carrie was a senior-level planner for the City of Lake Forest, CA, where she managed the three largest development applications since the City’s incorporation, including the 2,400-home master-planned community, Baker Ranch.  Prior to that, she was a planner in the coastal city of San Clemente, CA, overseeing projects with architectural and historical significance as well as those subject to review by California’s Coastal Commission.

Carrie approaches project management in a collaborative manner, fostering and maintaining working relationships with diverse teams of professionals while guiding initiatives to completion on schedule and within budget. She has served as a panelist on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), climate change, and career development at conferences of the Association of Environmental Professionals and the American Planning Association.  She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

A native of Boston, MA, Carrie graduated from Boston Latin School, the first and one of the most prestigious public high schools in the United States.  She completed a bachelor’s degree with dual majors in urban studies and music at Hunter College of the City University of New York. After a four-month solo journey through Europe, she returned to Hunter College to earn a Master’s in Urban Planning..  She also worked in client services and debt capital markets at Lehman Brothers Holdings, a former global financial services firm. 

Currently an Orange County resident, Carrie has connections to Manhattan Beach through her life partner, a longtime Manhattan Beach homeowner and a Mira Costa High School graduate.  Once she moves to their home near Mira Costa, she is excited about being able to walk or bicycle to work.

Carrie Tai will assume her position on December 18.


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