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Michael Mendoza

City of Dallas
Chief of Economic Development and Neighborhood Services
Michael A. Mendoza serves the residents of Dallas as Chief of Economic Development and Neighborhood Services. Mendoza’s portfolio involves strategic planning and operations in support of the City’s initiatives addressing housing and neighborhood revitalization, economic development, land use planning and urban design.

Prior to his role with the City of Dallas, Mendoza was in diplomatic service as trade commissioner for the Consulate General of Canada. Before then, he served as director of international business development at Dallas Market Center. Early in his career Mendoza lived in Washington, D.C., where he served as an analyst in the Latin America section of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and special assistant to the chief economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Mendoza has been active in the Dallas community for more than two decades, serving as an advisor to the City of Dallas for economic development programs, advisor for Earth Day Dallas, planning commissioner for the City of Dallas, and director and board chair for the Southern Dallas Development Corporation.

Born in Lubbock, Texas, and raised in Dallas, Mendoza graduated from Bryan Adams High School. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and earned a degree in economics from Southern Methodist University. In 2010, Mendoza graduated from the Biblical Studies Program in the School of Ministry at the University of Dallas. He is a German Marshall Fund Marshall Memorial Fellow.

Michael is married to Beverly, and they are raising two daughters in Lake Cliff neighborhood, where they are restoring a historic home constructed in 1919.

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Wednesday, November 20