During the December 13th City Council meeting, Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris, City Council members, and City Manager Mark V. Bozigian commended the City’s former Parks, Recreation and Arts Director Bob Greene, for his 23 years with the City, and welcomed Ronda Perez to the position.
“Bob Greene has simply been phenomenal. In addition to successfully overseeing the Lancaster Performing Arts Center; Lancaster’s Museum of Arts and History (MOAH); City Parks, and the facilities and recreational activities available there, he has brought our City’s special events up to a new level,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Under Bob’s leadership, the Parks, Recreation and Arts department has launched the Magical BLVD Christmas, Celebrate America, and BooLVD events. These events have been responsible for drawing tens of thousands of attendees to downtown Lancaster to enjoy the new BLVD.”
Replacing Bob Greene, who officially retires on December 30th, is Ronda Perez, currently Senior Operations Manager of the department.
“Ronda has been an effective leader on our staff for quite some time now,” said City Manager Mark Bozigian. “She is very capable, talented and resourceful. I am confident Ronda will do an outstanding job in this position.”
Ronda Perez moved to Lancaster at the age of six, and attended El Dorado Elementary, Park View Middle School and Paraclete High School, graduating with the class of 1998. She then went on to attend UC Irvine, graduating with a degree in Criminology and a second in Political Science.
In 2002, Perez held an internship at the White House, where she was responsible for establishing the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. She later received her Master’s of Science from California State University Long Beach in Criminal Justice.
Perez returned to Lancaster in 2006, to be close to her family, while her husband, Anthony, was stationed at Nellis Air Force Base. Their son was born in early 2007 and they added a daughter to their family in late 2009. The Perez family currently resides in Lancaster.
Perez initially joined the staff at the City in 2006 as a Management Analyst in the PRA Department, working on the budget and administering existing grants. Her duties expanded over time. She most recently functioned as Senior Operations Manager, with oversight of special events, budget, contracts, aquatics, MOAH and athletics.
“I’m excited by the challenge of this position and honored to lead the department. The PRA Department, with support from all city personnel, has worked diligently to support the Council in creating an engaged community for local area residents,” remarked Ronda Perez. “From our special class offerings to organized sports, special events, cultural and performing arts, after school enrichment programs, and maintaining acres upon acres of parkland, our team is committed to helping residents grow intellectually, get fit, and make lasting memories by spending quality time with their loved ones.”
“Special events, the City’s arts community, and the growth of community partnerships will continue to be the focus of this department,” added Perez.
“I am very pleased to welcome Ronda as our new Director for Parks, Recreation and Arts,” concluded Parris. “We are positive she will do a magnificent job building on the momentum and energy within this department.”