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City Manager's Biography

Sean Joyce
City Manager – Irvine

Sean Joyce has been a California city manager since 1993.  Following successful stops in Sierra Madre and South Pasadena, Sean has served as Irvine’s City Manager since January 2005.

In contrast to his previous positions managing built-out bedroom communities, Irvine is a 66-square mile city of more than 231,000 residents located in central Orange County. Irvine is recognized as one of America’s safest and most successful master-planned urban communities. Top-rated educational institutions, an enterprising business atmosphere, sound environmental stewardship, and respect for diversity all contribute to Irvine’s enviable quality of life. This family-friendly city features more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space.

Sean is a product of Irvine’s public schools; he first came to Irvine with his family in 1971.  Sean and his wife of 26 years, fellow Cal State Fullerton graduate, Veronica, live in Irvine with their daughter, Madeline.

Sean was the 2007 recipient of the Irvine Valley College “Alumni of the Year” award and in 2009 received  the League of California Cities’ “Advancement of Diverse Communities” award.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Fullerton.

Interview with California City Management Foundation - 2013