Rosa Inchausti, a three-decade city of Tempe staff member whose history spans a series of successive “firsts,” is replacing departing City Manager Andrew Ching on an interim basis while a search for Ching’s fulltime replacement gets under way. Inchausti’s 30 years with Tempe have included an impressive history of pioneering endeavors, both for her and city governance.
She began her career as the first bilingual marriage and family therapist, followed by forging Tempe’s diversity efforts as the first diversity director. This role led led to yet another first as strategic management and diversity director.
During this time, Inchausti was responsible for transforming the organization into a data-driven municipality and aligning the City Council’s priorities into an actionable strategic plan.
As co-chair of the city’s Technology and Innovation Steering Committee, Inchausti identified and recommended the adoption of new technologies and innovations designed to advance the quality of life for residents and businesses.
Two notable projects that stemmed from this role was the creation of a roadmap for the integration of autonomous vehicles into a municipality, as well as the launch of wastewater epidemiology via municipal infrastructure. All of these firsts have led her to become the city’s first female deputy city manager, where it is said she will continue to strive toward improving the lives of those who live, work, and play in Tempe.
Inchausti was raised in Southern California and received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Loyola Marymount University. She then moved to Arizona and received a Master’s in Counseling from Northern Arizona University. She has been a resident of Tempe for over 25 years, during which time she raised daughters Alexia and Andrianna.
Areas of her responsibility include the departments of Community Development, Human Services, Information Technology, Economic Development and Strategic Management and Innovation.
Ching, who began serving as city manager in April 2013, followed his appointment as interim city manager in January 2013. He will start his job as town manager for the Town of Paradise Valley later this month.