Jen Pokorski has been part of the Maricopa County family since 2005 and was appointed County Manager in April 2023. As she said after her appointment, Jen believes "in the power of government to do good because I’ve seen firsthand the impact our services and programs have. I also believe government must be responsive and accountable to residents because I’ve worked directly with folks whose lives are impacted by our action or inaction. Those things will never be far from my mind as I work to carry out the Board’s vision for Maricopa County.”
Prior to serving as County Manager, Jen served as one of three assistant county managers where she oversaw seven departments that have direct interaction with the public including Air Quality, Animal Care and Control, Environmental Services, Flood Control District, Planning and Development, Real Estate, and Transportation (MCDOT). Jen has also had leadership roles as director of Planning and Development and director of the Ombudsman’s Office.
Prior to joining Maricopa County, Jen worked for several different government and non-profit organizations in Phoenix and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her focus throughout her career has been to work with staff to reduce unnecessary regulations, streamline the regulatory process and provide exceptional customer service.
Jen has served on a variety of boards and committees and is currently an ex officio member of the Valley Partnership board and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master of Science in Urban and Environmental Planning from Arizona State University.