Joyce Wilson - City Manager
Joyce Wilson was appointed El Paso’s first City Manager in August 2004.
Prior to the El Paso appointment, Wilson was the Deputy County Manager for Arlington, Virginia since 2002. In this capacity, she functioned as the Chief Operating Officer for the County and was responsible for all day-to-day operations. Before joining Arlington County government, Wilson was City Administrator of Yuma, Arizona since July 1994. Wilson was Assistant City Manager/Chief of Staff for the City of Richmond, Virginia, where she served for nearly 15 years in various capacities. Wilson has received numerous awards including: the 2006 Administrator of the Year from Texas City Management Association, Excellence in Leadership Award from the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Arizona State “Main Street Person of the Year”, and the Superior Service Award from the Arizona Chapter of American Society of Public Administrators in 1999. She was recognized by the International City/County Management Association in 1999 for her efforts in Citizen Participation and International Relations efforts and in 1994 for excellence in leadership as an assistant level. In 2006, Wilson was selected to the National Academy of Public Administration. At the community level, she has been actively involved in various non-profit organizations including United Way, Boys and Girls Clubs, Salvation Army and Catholic Charities. Her focus is on organizations supporting at risk families and children and immigrant populations.
Wilson is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. in Business Administration and Economics, and holds a Master of Public Administration (Fiscal and Urban Policy) degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She also is an alumni of the Kellogg Foundation’s National Fellowship Program.