We hope that you will join us in paying tribute to Corinne Centeno by making a
gift to the endowment fund.
Corinne Centeno was the Director of the Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department from 1999 through 2009 at which time she retired. She began her public service career in 1976 at the Fair Oaks Community Center, and advanced to become Manager of that Center serving with great compassion and respect the people most in need throughout our community, providing shelter, food, clothing, and other basic human services. Her commitment to the community continued when she was appointed as the first Assistant to the City Manager where for nearly four years she used her renowned skills in facilitation, diplomacy, and civic engagement to build a better community. Corinne’s devotion to creating great places and programs as a means of ensuring a better quality of life for the people of Redwood City brought her back to the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department where she served as Superintendent, and then for an extraordinary ten years as Director.
Corinne called Redwood City home for 45 years. She was devoted to the community and served as an active volunteer and board member on many charitable organizations. She established deep roots in the community through her many friendships and her career in public service. While deeply committed to the local community, she was adventurous and enjoyed her frequent travels. She combined a depth of caring, with her wonderful sense of humor, to bring joy and laughter to all that she did. Corinne passed away on June 13, 2012, following a brave battle with cancer. We remember her with deep affection.
Corinne’s devotion to creating great places and programs as a means of ensuring a better quality of life for the people of Redwood City inspired her to make a generous bequest to the Foundation.
In recognition of the need for sustained revenues for the foundation, the board of directors created the Corinne Centeno Memorial Endowment Fund in 2013. Building a permanent endowment fund is a great way to maximize the gift Corinne has made to our community. Endowment funds provide a lasting gift by investing the principal and only dispersing gains on invested dollars.