Stephen Berry is an innovative leader with extensive knowledge in the areas of local municipal government, renewable energy, solid waste and recycling, marketing savvy, environmental regulatory issues, business administration, and grass roots community networking.
After seven years as an Assistant City Manager, most recently, he stepped in for a City Manager for a period over one year, totally immersing himself in upper level civic activities, development a nd re-development issue, balancing the City's budget, and personnel management.
Committed to community engagement and K-12 Education, Stephen has contributed extensively as volunteer Chair for the Riverside Educational Enrichment Foundation(REEF). For the past eight years, his Board helped to fund raise over $500,000 in teacher grants benefiting the over 44,000 school children of the Riverside Unified School District.
He provided a unique vision with implementation working for both large and small cities in the Southern California metropolitan area. Efforts included team work with City Councils and local community groups on formative issues. Starting Riverside Community Online and developing, now, the largest in-home computer program in the nation, known as Smart Riverside, was a proud accomplishment.
Bringing families together for new events like Movies in the Park and Walk on Blue Mountain were two of the reason Grand Terrace was chosen by the prestigious Money Magazine as a "Top 100 Small Town in America".
His "hand-on" approach and attention to detail from starting the Foundation of Grand Terrace to most recently designing the newly opened Blue Mountain Gardens in the Susan Petta Park are just a few of his many feats.