Adios; Now to Alameda.
Jackie Koci Tamayo, Emergency Management Coordinator, Emergency Management, has left her longtime City employment to become an Emergency Services Coordinator for the County of Alameda.
She left her City position July 3, and carries her Club Ambassador title with her to her new position in Northern California.
“It is with mixed emotions that I let you know that I will be leaving the City service and starting a new adventure,” she wrote to colleagues in early July.
“It has been a beautiful journey of 22 years. Who would have thought that the seven-year-old timid little girl running around at Penmar Park would become a career recreation professional for 20 years for Recreation and Parks? From Venice to Echo Park, Encino to Cheviot Hills, recreation is truly in my spirit and core. I will forever be #ParkProudLA
“In the last two years, I have had the memorable opportunity to work with the City’s Emergency Management Department. It has been a great experience serving Angelenos during emergency response and recovery, and aiding in preparedness. Emergency management became my passion.”
“I bid you all a fond farewell and until we meet again.”
The Club congratulates Jackie on her new position in Alameda County and congratulates her on her excellent City career.
Jackie Koci Tamayo is now the Emergency Services Coordinator for the Superior Court of California – County of Alameda. In her current leadership role, Jackie oversees the planning, training, response, coordination and development of the Emergency Services Unit for all 10 courthouses in the County of Alameda, which include 86 judges, approximately 800 employees, numerous jurors, and members of the public.
Prior to her Bay Area arrival, Jackie worked for than 20 years with LA’s Rec and Parks and Emergency Management departments. She began working part time with Rec and Parks in 1996 and became full time in 2005. In 2006, at 25, Jackie became one of the youngest leaders of Rec and Parks as she became acting Recreation Facility Director, which led her to later be promoted and become a Sr. Recreation Director. She was instrumental in creating the department’s Citywide Training Task Force and was also responsible for leading equality and diversity training, Summer Camp training, employee team building events and developing the Recreation Coordinator Academy for incoming Recreation Professionals. She worked alongside the PIO creating department social media content, and coordinating the Annual Lotus Festival at Echo Park Lake. Jackie served as a member of the Emergency Response Action Team and was one of the five pioneers in the development of the department’s Emergency Management Division, which leads the City’s Mass Care needs.
In 2019, Jackie transferred to LA’s Emergency Management Department. Jackie liaised for the Los Angeles Police and Fire Departments’ Operations West Bureau; trained and exercised senior staff and EOC responders; and due to her expertise in working with nonprofits, corporations, and high-profile clientele, she was assigned as the designated Emergency Management Coordinator for the private/public sector (Business Operations Center). At the same time was the coordinator and liaison for the A Gathering of Faiths Community and Government and for Higher Education. As member of the training and exercise subcommittee, she trained, EOC responders and senior officials in various emergency management tactics.
She is an alumna of Woodbury University and the University of La Verne, was certified in public safety leadership by the University of Southern California, in crisis and executive leadership by the Harvard University Kennedy School of Executive Education, and is currently obtaining her certificate in emergency management and homeland security from UCLA. Jackie has held board member positions in several organizations, including Women in Leisure Services, Women in Homeland Security, Emergency Network Los Angeles, and the International Association of Emergency Management. She advocates for the children of Mustard Seed Communities, where she not only served as a missionary, but also as a Board Member for the Southern California Region. She has also received several commendations and awards, which also include the 2021 Ripple Effect Award from WHS So Cal.
This past August, Jackie was honored with the Ripple Effect Award from Women in Homeland Security, Southern California.
An LA native, Jackie is passionate about building and strengthening relationships that lead to resilient and developed communities across the Golden State. Her motto: “Lead with a servant’s heart” – Brock Long.