Matt Huffaker

City Manager
Santa Cruz

Matt Huffaker is an experienced local government professional, currently serving as the City Manager for the City of Santa Cruz, and previously as the City Manager for the City of Watsonville. He is an action-oriented leader, with a passion for building community partnerships and championing positive system change. Matt has extensive experience in economic development, strategic planning, labor relations, organizational development, and building community partnerships.Matt has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, a Master’s in Public Administration from CSU East Bay, and is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Executive Seminar leadership development program. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Watsonville and has served on numerous boards, including Second Harvest Food Bank and Monterey Bay Community Power.Matt is the father of three young children and enjoys spending weekend’s exploring all the great parks and outdoor recreation activities throughout Santa Cruz County.