Economic Development is a team sport. While many sports analogies could
apply, basketball provides ample fodder. Note: Suspension of disbelief
is required since none of us actually plays basketball! However, as the
photo shows, you can often find us enjoying the outdoors.

Fremont Economic Development Team Hiking Mission Peak (from left to right): Kline, Marshall, Chen and Briggs


To win an NBA playoff you need a strong Center. Christina Briggs
shepherds her businesses through the process like a stolen ball – it’s
best to get out of the way when she’s headed to the net! Christina’s
strong people skills help block impediments, and she rebounds with
creativity and problem-solving skills.

At 4’11, Jennifer Chen doubles as both our Small Forward and our Power Forward.
As a recent “trade” to Fremont, Jennifer brings strong knowledge of
industrial tenants and the Silicon Valley landscape. If you’ve read our
Innovation Scorecard, or attended a broker event, you’ve seen her skills
in action.

Shooting Guards are usually good passers, and Kim Marshall
is no exception. Kim can navigate around the city with the finesse that
comes from long-established relationships. Teams excel by having good
data, and Kim meticulously integrates Fremont’s facts into our strategic
planning efforts.

Kelly Kline thinks of herself as a Point Guard, but serves as team Coach.
Kelly relishes working with an all-star team as Fremont becomes
recognized as a can-do, business-oriented city. As the daughter of a
basketball coach, she values rigorous training and camaraderie as the
foundation for a strong team.

Basketball fans know that the key to success for any team is a Strong Bench. So, which Fremont players are logging in the minutes? They include Jeff Schwob, Fremont’s Community development director; Fire Marshal Jay Swardenski; Jim Pierson, the Public Works/Transportation director; and many more. (Click on our names to see our LinkedIn Profiles).

Fremont’s development team meets regularly as a “cabinet” to align priorities,
and pro-actively troubleshoot issues under the leadership of our General Manager, or in this case, City Manager Fred Diaz.

We think you’ll enjoy working with our team for the simple reason that we
enjoy working together. We are single-mindedly focused on making Fremont
work for business, and hope we’ll have the chance to demonstrate our
commitment real-time. So pick your favorite team … Warriors? Lakers?
Celtics? Spurs? Bulls? No matter your choice, we are here to provide
championship service.