Jenny Mizutowicz will bring experience working with the Richardson business community and University of Texas at Dallas to new role with the City.
Richardson City Manager Don Magner has appointed Jenny Mizutowicz to serve as the City’s first Director of Economic Development. Mizutowicz comes to the City from the University of Texas at Dallas, where she currently serves as the Manager of Economic Development Initiatives.
“We are excited to have Jenny join us as the director of our newly created Department of Economic Development,” Magner said. “We worked closely with Jenny early in her career when she was with the Richardson Economic Development Partnership and now as an accomplished economic development professional she brings a unique set of experiences and expertise to the City to leverage the abilities of our team and partnerships.”
For more than 30 years, the City has engaged the Richardson Chamber of Commerce as an independent contractor to provide economic development services through the Richardson Economic Development Partnership. In early 2022, several emerging trends and organizational developments inspired Richardson leaders to reassess their approach to economic development, and in August the Richardson City Council approved the creation of Department of Economic Development and dedication of nearly $1.4 million for economic development initiatives. The move is designed to better leverage essential economic development partnerships and opportunities.
Mizutowicz is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). She has been with the University of Texas at Dallas, where she serves as the Manager of Economic Development Initiatives, since 2019. In that position, she directs the University’s economic development initiatives and leads the economic development team. Prior to coming to UT Dallas, she worked for the City of Carrollton for two years as its Manager of Economic Development. From 2011-17 Mizutowicz worked for the Richardson Economic Development Partnership, first as the manager of marketing and research and eventually as the director of marketing.
“Richardson is a special place to me. I started my economic development career at the Richardson Economic Development Partnership several years ago and spent the past three helping drive economic growth for the North Texas region at the University of Texas in Dallas,” Mizutowicz said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to return to the city that kick started my passion for places, and I look forward to working with the Richardson community and its partners to make Richardson the home of the premier tech hub in Texas.”
Mizutowicz graduated from the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing and a minor in communication studies. She also has a master’s degree in emerging media and communications from the University of Texas at Dallas. Mizutowicz’s first day with the City will be Nov. 7.