Serena Wright-Black is a former Assistant City Manager for the City of Culver City. Ms. Wright-Black has over twenty years of experience in public sector management. In addition to assisting the City Manager with the development, implementation, and administration of City Council policy, she also oversaw the City’s Human Resources, Risk Management, Cultural Affairs, and City Clerk operations. She excels in both the personnel and technical areas of management. She is a strategic and innovative professional who translates operational goals into initiatives that improve employee performance, growth, and engagement.
Ms. Wright-Black has experience directly recruiting and retaining top organization talent, developing and administering employment policies, auditing management operations including successfully reorganizing departments and outsourcing services, and addressing performance management issues. She has conducted numerous administrative investigations and trainings pertaining to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. She is skilled in organizational development, change management, conflict resolution, and labor negotiations. Her political astuteness served her well in leading complex community discussions and organization-wide collaboration related to the evaluation of public safety resources and budgets, and overseeing the implementation of various equity-related initiatives. She also managed and led two units of the Emergency Operations Center in response to COVID-19, including developing the policies and protocols.
Ms. Wright-Black holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach. She is also a Senior Certified Professional with the Society of Human Resources (SHRM-SCP).