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Yvette Sennewald
Neighborhood Programs Coordinator, City of Riverside, CA


Yvette is a native Californian, born in the City of Orange, but moved from there with her family at age 6 and then raised in Vista, located in San Diego’s North County. Yvette has been happily married to her husband Steven for almost 26 years. Her and her husband are recent empty nesters with their son, Mitch (25) flying the nest in October, 2013 and their daughter, Shanna (21) making the jump in August, 2013. Yvette enjoys spending time with friends and family and especially with her husband on their recently purchased property in the state of Washington.

In 1998, Yvette began working towards earning a Bachelor’s degree at the age of 36 with a goal to have obtained her degree by the time she turned 40. In 2003, Yvette was named Undergraduate Student of the Year for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and graduated with honors, earning her degree in Geography from California State University, San Bernardino.

She began her career with the City of Riverside in March, 2003 by accepting a position as an Administrative Intern with the Planning Division. Within 4 months, she was hired on permanently as an Assistant Planner and worked her way to the Senior Planner level within 4 years. In 2006 Yvette was named Community Development Department’s Employee of the Year. Yvette worked as a Planner on the Project Management Team processing current planning projects through the entitlement process for over twelve years.

Yvette’s current position is in the Neighborhood Engagement Division in the Community & Economic Development Department where she acts as the Neighborhood Programs Coordinator and is responsible for Neighborhood programs and developing Neighborhood Strategies for Riverside’s 26 neighborhoods, among other things. Originally named “26 in 26” for the idea of creating 26 Neighborhood Strategies in a 26 month time frame, the initiative is now known as Our Riverside Our Neighborhoods (ORON). Yvette was charged with creating a plan that would ultimately result in accomplishing the goal. In September 2013, she authored her very first grant that was submitted to the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership and was successful at obtaining grant funding for the 26 in 26 Neighborhood Strategies project.


Workshop: Neighbor Fest!: The UN-Precedented, UN-Conventional,
UN-Conference for Neighborhood Leadership


 

 

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