The City of Ventura announced that Meredith Hart has been named Safe & Clean Program Manager within the City Manager’s Office. This selection fills a key management position in the City and supports the City Council’s goal to develop and implement an action plan to enhance the safe and clean initiative objectives.
Mayor Matt LaVere said, “One of the City Council’s most important priorities in 2019 is supporting our Safe & Clean Initiative. That is why I am so excited to have Meredith Hart join the City team as our new Safe & Clean Manager. Meredith’s impressive background and strong work ethic make her the ideal person to lead the City team as we continue our work to open a 24/7 homeless shelter, while at the same time continuing our extensive efforts to make Ventura the safer and cleaner city we all desire.”
In her new role, Meredith will focus on achieving Council’s goal to open a year-round homeless shelter, creating educational campaigns on Safe & Clean initiatives, offering outreach opportunities for the community, addressing blight and cleanliness issues, and concentrating on the improvement of private/public partnerships to improve services and reduce homelessness. As one component to the multi-departmental focus on Safe & Clean, Meredith will work closely to encourage cohesiveness and collaboration throughout the City.
Meredith comes to the City from nine years as Deputy Director with local non-profit Downtown Ventura Partners (DVP). During that time, Meredith was instrumental in the implementation of the Downtown Ambassadors, the Family Reconnection Program and has had an active role in the Winter Warming shelters, Community Intervention Court, the Patrol Task Force, the Downtown Safe and Clean Debris Removal Team and the annual Point-in-Time Homeless Count.
Meredith is a graduate from the University of Southern California and is a proud alumni of Buena High School.
“I am energized to be a part of the City of Ventura team and to help guide the City to achievements in reducing homelessness, creating safer and cleaner public spaces, and encouraging the community to become part of the solutions. We’re right at the peak of being able to do so much good ,” said Meredith.