Cupertino Names NASA Administrator to City Manager Post

Cupertino has selected a NASA Center administrator as its next chief executive. Debora Feng was appointed to the city manager’s position, effective June 3. She will earn a salary of $239,000.

Feng has worked for NASA for nearly 30 years and currently serves as the Associate Center Director for Mission Support at the Ames Research Center. She previously held the Deputy Director of the New Ventures and Communications Directorate job “where she was responsible for the Center's Media Relations and Public Affairs, Government and Community Relations, and Education Programs,” according to NASA’s website. Her career has put her in frequent contact with representatives of local government. Just recently, she oversaw negotiations for new housing on NASA property.

Feng earned a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University. In 2005, she earned the esteemed GOLD Award from the College of Business. She also has a black belt in Kempo Karate.

“The City Council believes that Deborah Feng is an excellent choice for Cupertino due to her familiarity with the community and extensive experience managing a large organization,” said Mayor Steven Scharf. “We are confident that she will help the city move forward with our ambitious work program, re-staff vacant executive positions and increase Cupertino’s quality of life.”


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