Spokane Mayor David A. Condon selected Theresa Sanders as the City Administrator, the City of Spokane’s highest appointed position, when he took office in 2012. As City Administrator, Sanders is responsible for the daily operation of the City, overseeing the management of more than 1,900 employees and a $600 million budget.
Sanders, a Spokane native, has a strong background in management, economic development and local government. She first worked for the City as the director of economic development for Mayor Dennis Hession. In her current role, Sanders leads the development and implementation of the strategic plan that is making Spokane safer, stronger and smarter and fulfilling Mayor Condon’s vision of “Building the City of Choice.” That includes ensuring City services remain affordable, accountable to citizens the City serves and aligned to their priorities.
Prior to joining the City, Sanders worked at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Wash., in various leadership roles, including product marketing and international business development. She has also held leadership positions at The Spokane Club and the Spokane Area Economic Development Council, where she served as executive vice president responsible for the organization’s marketing, policy and business development efforts.
Sanders attended North Central High School in Spokane. She earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Eastern Washington University.