Michelle Rivera joined the City of McAllen in July 2014 as an Assistant City Manager following successful stints in the City of Mercedes as Assistant City Manager, and as Planning Director and Interim Assistant City Manager for the City of Harlingen. In her capacity she oversees all of the development services departments which include Engineering, Planning, Building Inspections, Environmental Health and Code Enforcement, Community Development Block Grants, and Strategic Planning and she also oversees the City Secretary, Vital Statistics, Passports and Tax Offices.
Ms. Rivera has over 20 years municipal experience in the three cities she has served overseeing nearly all aspects of community development and services. She first gained theoretical and technical insights of municipal urban design concepts as an Urban Planning Consultant for Core Texas Group in College Station, followed by her role as a City Planner and Director of Planning for the City of Harlingen. She also has some construction background working as an estimator for Norcon Industries in Arizona.
She holds a Bachelor’s of Environmental Planning from Arizona State University, and a Master’s of Urban Planning from Texas A&M. Ms. Leftwich is a Certified Public Manager and earned a national planning certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners. She is a member of the American Planning Association, Texas City Management Association previously serving as President of Region 10 and two terms as the region’s State Board Representative, and is a member of the International City Management Association. Most recently she has become an ICMA credentialed manager.
As a long-time member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, she has previously taught youth Sunday school and served as a school board member for St. Paul Academy. She has four daughters.