Board of Directors & Staff
Berkley Eyewear & Local Sunglass Store
Matt Baumgarten was appointed to Berkley’s City Manager in February, 2016. Prior to joining Berkley, Matt served as the City Administrator for the City of Lathrup Village.
Originally from New Baltimore in Macomb County, Matt lived in Arkansas from 1996 to 2006. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Oakland University.
In early 2017, Matt was named one of the Elite 40 under 40 leaders by Oakland County Executive Brooks Patterson, which recognized Matt for achieving excellence in his field and making a positive contribution to the quality of life in the communities for which he serves.
Matt, his wife Rebecca, and their young twin boys live in Berkley. He looks forward to working with the City Council and the residents of Berkley to retain the City’s unique charm, while finding new ways to move the City forward.
Aero Pacific Drapery
The Neighbor's Shoppe
Berkley School District
Matteo Passalacqua developed an interest in real estate and urban development at a young age after being exposed to urban areas via frequent trips to Detroit and other cities as a child. After travels both nationally and internationally, Matteo sought and obtained a Masters in Urban Studies and Planning from Wayne State University.
In June of 2016, Matteo completing the Larson Center for Leadership Program through the Urban Land Institute of which he sought to continue his professional development traits and expand his network. Currently, Matteo is a Commercial Property Manager for Etkin Management in Southfield MI. After working in the non-profit and government sectors, he wanted to gain experience in the for-profit sector. Etkin has provided a wealth of knowledge to his career and he hopes to grow and expand his abilities in the real estate sector while working there.
Matteo’s primary drive and passion is to influence the way in which people interact with the built environment in a manner that is efficient, inspiring and interactive. The combination of his personal drive and leadership along with knowledge of real estate management and development serve the purpose of Matteo obtaining his goals. He is currently pursuing his Real Property Administrator designation through BOMI Detroit and is an active member of the Berkley Downtown Development Authority Board.
12 Mile Property Owner
The Huntington Company
With more than 15 years of downtown development, brand identity, marketing, and event experience, Vivian has achieved a reputation for producing outstanding results for downtown districts and their various stakeholders.
As a National Main Street Program Director, Vivian managed all aspects of the program including marketing, social media, PR, fundraising, strategic planning, and budgets. She's partnered with local realtors and property owners to ensure the right tenant mix was recruited for the various business districts in which she worked. She has collaborated with City Staff and Commissions on key downtown issues, including zoning and ordinance updates relating to pedestrian districts, signage, and parking.
In addition, she has coordinated multiple arts-related programs including local mural events, regional public art initiatives, and a juried art show.
Vivian was a session presenter at the 2014 National Main Streets Conference (Brand Development: A Work in Progress) and served as a Great American Main Street Judge for two years.