Former Silicon Valley organization CEO Matt Mahud, who resigned last year amid backlash after the group’s posting of a racist campaign ad, has landed a new job.
Beginning July 26, Mahud Morgan Hill will serve as the city’s new economic development director, the city announced Thursday.
“The city’s long-term economic sustainability is paramount to the city’s goals and policies. Matt’s background, experience and connections have been instrumental in helping implement the city’s economic blueprint, supporting business retention, and expanding one million square feet of speculative development.” “Development Services Assistant City Manager Edith Ramirez said in a news release.
Mahud, who lives in Los Gatos, said in a statement that he is “very excited to be joining the City of Morgan Hill team.”
“It’s a great city with such a positive momentum,” he said. “This is a great opportunity to work with businesses and residents to build a great community that attracts quality employers and builds an excellent quality of life.”
Mahud resigned from the Silicon Valley organization where he spent 13 years as president and CEO on October 29, 2020 – three days after advertising a racist attack by a business advocacy group that included members of the community, leading non-profit The leaders were elected. Officials strongly condemned it for its sinister and racist tropes.
Mahood denied any involvement in the making of the advertisement and said that as soon as he came to know about its existence, he ordered its removal.
Nevertheless, in a statement at the time, he said it was clear to him that his resignation was best for the organization, him and the community so that “we can begin the process of healing, working together, and removing barriers and divisions.” can break. is present in our country and community.”
Mahud’s new role at Morgan Hill will mark the first time that longtime business advocacy leaders work within the public sector. He led the Sacramento Metro Chamber for nine years and held various senior management roles in the private sector, before serving as CEO of Silicon Valley’s largest Chamber of Commerce. Mahud holds a business administration degree from California State University East Bay’s School of Business and Economics.
Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez said he would be a “great addition” to the city.
“Their regional stature will allow them to play a key role in representing the city at the regional and state levels on important issues such as transportation solutions and housing policy,” she said in the press release.
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