George A. Caravalho (b. Aug. 1, 1938) came to the City of Santa Clarita in 1988 as its first permanent city manager, following interim manager Fred Bien, who set up the
city's initial government structure following incorporation on Dec. 15, 1987.
[City of Santa Clarita, 1999] —
George A. Caravalho has been serving as City Manager to Santa Clarita since 1988. Prior to working at the City, he worked at the City of Bakersfield as City Manager and Executive Director of the Redevelopment Agency from 1984-1988.
He has served on the board of directors for organizations, such as the International City Manager's Association, the League of California Cities, the American Red Cross, United Way, and the Boys and Girls Club. He is also the Chairman of the League of California Cities Investigating Our Youth Task Force.
Caravalho was the 1996 recipient of the International City/County Management Association Mark E. Kean Award for Excellence for his outstanding contributions to government. He has received more than 40 awards for innovation and excellence.
In addition, he is an adjunct professor of leadership and strategic management at California State University, Northridge.
He is the father of two young sons with his wife, Mary.
City Manager, City of San Clemente
1980 – 1985
City Manager, City of Bakersfield
1985 - 1988
City Manager, City of Santa Clarita
May 1988 – May 2002
City Manager, City of Riverside
2002 – 2005
Director of Dana Point Harbor, Orange County Government
2005 – 2007