Ben Siegel has served as San Juan Capistrano’s City Manager since February 2016. Ben has spent his entire career in public service and previously worked for the cities of Encinitas, Lake Forest and Laguna Beach. He has broad experience in city government, with extensive knowledge in the areas of land use and development, transportation and public infrastructure. Ben earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from UCLA and completed his Master of Public Administration Degree at Cal State Fullerton. He also received a certificate in Construction and Development Management from UC Irvine.
Ben is passionate about making government more effective and training tomorrow’s public sector leaders. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Master of Public Administration program at Cal State Fullerton and created the City Management Fellowship Program, which enables high-performing students to learn directly from local city managers outside of the typical classroom environment. He received the Stewardship Award from the Municipal Management Association of Southern California in recognition of his contributions to the profession.
City Manager’s Office