Dr. Cheryl-Marie Hansberger
Chief of Staff
Responsibilities: Cheryl-Marie is responsible for managing the daily operations in the Mayor’s office, from strategy through implementation.
Education: Cheryl-Marie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino, a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis on College Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University, and a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne.
Passion: Mentoring first generation and under-represented students, because everybody deserves a break in life.
Dr. Lalit Acharya
International Relations Officer
Responsibilities: Lalit directs and manages the Mayor’s efforts on international initiatives, economic development, and sustainability.
Education: Lalit has a Bachelor of Science in Genetics from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, a Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Doctorate in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California. He is also a 2004 Leadership Riverside graduate.
Passion: Urban planning, writing, and most importantly, spending time with his family.
Administrative Assistant to the Mayor
Responsibilities: Kathy is instrumental in keeping the Office of the Mayor running smoothly. She is responsible for managing Mayor Bailey’s calendar, the budget, and the office’s procurement. Kathy also coordinates special events for the office and is the point person for the Connect with the Mayor “walk events”. She coordinates several of the Mayor’s taskforces, including the Education Roundtable and the Purple City Alliance, an effort to ensure Riverside is dementia friendly.
Education: Kathy has an Associates of Science in Math and Science from Golden West College
Passion: Her family and her grandchildren.
Senior Office Specialist
Responsibilities: Cheryl Wills has several years of administrative experience supporting business owners. She is responsible for coordinating special events, such as Coffee with the Mayor. She maintains the front office, coordinates reservations for meeting rooms, and manages requests for certificates and proclamations.
Education: Studied at Riverside City College and plans to work toward a degree in Business Administration.
Passion: Helping others whenever possible.
Program and Policy Coordinator
Responsibilities: Liz is a liaison between the Mayor’s Office and several boards, commissions, and community groups, including Human Relations Commission, Multicultural Forum, Riverside Youth Council, Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful, and The Group. She also conducts policy research, helps organize events and community interaction, supervises intern projects, and manages the Mayor's social media pages and incoming constituent emails. Liz is the field representative for the Office of the Mayor in wards 4, 5, 6 and 7, so say hello if you see her out and about!
Education: Liz earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a concentration in History from Indiana University and a Master of Public Administration from Villanova University.
Passion: Supporting, nurturing and empowering children to be self-assured and ready to take on the world as responsible and civic-minded adults.
Assistant to the Mayor
Responsibilities: Luke works on the Mayor’s Love Your Neighbor (LYN) initiative to end homelessness in the City of Riverside and is the point-of-contact for faith based organizations, community partners and non-profits that support LYN. On behalf of the Office of the Mayor, Luke leads the social work internship program in partnership with Path of Life that will place social workers throughout the city to connect homeless populations to services that assist with mental and physical wellness and help with housing location and readiness. He is also the field representative for the Office of the Mayor in wards 1, 2 and 3.
Education: Luke has a BA in English Literature from California State University, Fullerton and a Master of Arts in Teaching from University of Southern California. He also has two professional certificates: one from Georgetown University in Policy and Program Evaluation, and the second from the School of Hard Knocks for teaching three years in Washington, DC.
Passion: Luke is passionate about the intersection of local government and innovation as a vehicle for solving social challenges, in particular education and homelessness. When he’s not engaged in these pursuits, he enjoys cooking ethnic foods with his wife, hiking or riding his bike. He’s even been known to swing a golf club – with the ball going left, far left.
Responsibilities: Maisha is the Administrative Intern for the Office of the Mayor. She is responsible for coordinating the College Forum, a program that aims to engage Riverside’s college students to become more invested in the city, and she provides support for the Mayor’s faith-based homelessness initiative.
Education: Maisha has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from the University of California, Riverside and is currently seeking a full-time permanent job. Who is hiring?
Passion: Travel, learning about Riverside, and baking.