New Social Catering Manager Named for Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel

Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — The Oakland Marriott City Center is pleased to announce the hiring of a new Social Catering Manager, Grace Zhao. Grace brings years of experience with luxury & lifestyle brand hotels, complete with a multitude of “Spirit To Serve” awards from Marriott International. In addition to her event planning experience, Grace is bilingual in Mandarin and English.    

Most recently the Event & Catering Project Manager at the Renaissance Stanford Court hotel in San Francisco, Grace has served in hospitality positions for nearly 13 years. Grace was born and raised in Hong Kong and graduated from the Air Force Academy, Shanghai China completing a major in accounting. She started her hospitality career in September of 2000 as a Corporate Sales Manager at the JC Mandarin Hotel, Shanghai where she consistently achieved and exceeded her revenue goals. Six years later Grace joined the Marriott family as a front office ambassador at The Renaissance Stanford Court in San Francisco. Based off of her strong performance record, Grace was then promoted to sales and events coordinator, and continued to excel in this role. Additionally Grace received a full endorsement from the Management Candidacy Review Board (MCRB), a program confirming the associates’ readiness to assume a management role in the Hospitality Industry.    

"We are thrilled to have Grace join our team," said Lisa Kershner, Area General Manager. "Her award-winning expertise with both event planners and attendees will make us the top choice for weddings and social events in downtown Oakland."

As the Social Catering Manager, Grace Zhao will be responsible for executing large social events at the Oakland Marriott City Center and the attached Oakland Convention Center. One of the premier event venues in downtown Oakland, the Marriott has flexible space for everything from social events and weddings to awards banquets and beyond.

About the Oakland Marriott City Center The Oakland Marriott City Center offers stunning views of the San Francisco Bay, downtown Oakland and the Oakland waterfront and is convenient to Chinatown, Jack London Square and plenty of fine dining and shopping. Guests have easy access to the adjacent Oakland Convention Center and the BART subway system just across the street from the Oakland hotel. The hotel offers 481 rooms and eight suites on 21 floors along with 36 meeting rooms with 89,000 square feet of flexible space, five concierge levels, a new lobby, two restaurants, a state-of-the-art fitness center and outdoor pool. For more information, visit or


Nicole Hankton

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