John A. Russo

John A. Russo
City Manager
(510) 747-4700


John A. Russo is the City Manager. As City Manager, he also serves as a Commissioner on the Public Utilities Board. Liz Warmerdam and Alex Nguyen are Assistant City Managers, and Jennifer Ott is the Chief Operating Officer - Alameda Point.


John Russo, native of Brooklyn, New York, was appointed City Manager for the City of Alameda, CA in June 2011. After a difficult six year period in which Alameda had six chief executives, Russo has quickly stabilized City Hall, assembled a dynamic management team, and established transparency, responsiveness, and accountability as core values for Alameda’s municipal government.


John's parents, a construction worker and a dress maker, arrived in the United States five months before he was born. John graduated from Xaverian High School in Brooklyn in 1977. He earned an undergraduate degree at Yale and a law degree at New York University.


Throughout his career as a public servant, John has fought for reform in local government, in the state legislature, and in the courts.


During his terms as City Attorney of Oakland, CA (2000-2011), as a member of the Oakland City Council (1995-2000), and as President of the League of California Cities (2002-2003), he has led battles for the rights of consumers, for open, accountable government and for safer neighborhoods.