Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor creates policies and partnerships that enhance community livability by integrating transportation and land use policies with environmental sustainability and economic vitality. She has served on the City Council since 1994 and been Mayor four times.
Mayor O'Connor's special interest combines transportation and sustainability. Her
leadership in environmental sustainability was recognized by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors when she was awarded the inaugural Chair’s Award for Green Leadership in 2008.
A member of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Ms. O’Connor initiated the agency’s first Sustainability Plan. Metro is the transportation agency that plans, coordinates, designs, builds and operates transportation/transit the US’s most populous county. On the Metro Board, Ms. O’Connor represents the cities of the South Bay and Westside areas of Los Angeles County. She is also a member of the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority Board, which oversees planning and construction of Light Rail from downtown Los Angeles to downtown Santa Monica. In 2010 Ms. O’Connor was recognized as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Transportation in Southern California by the Women’s Transportation Seminar.
Ms. O’Connor is President of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the metropolitan planning organization for the six county (Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura and Imperial) area of Southern California where she is leading the SCAG Regional Council in the adaption of the region’s first Sustainable Communities Strategy. Ms. O’Connor also serves as an alternate member on the California Coastal
O’Connor works with cities throughout the world on environmental, sustainability and climate issues as a member of the Executive Committee of ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Local Government Commission and the California Transit Association. She also participates on policy issues with the National League of Cities (NLC) and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
As a professional urban planning consultant, Ms. O'Connor specializes in historic preservation and has worked on significant historic buildings throughout Southern California including the Los Angeles City Hall Seismic Rehabilitation, and at campuses including the University of California Los Angeles, University of Southern California, California State University campuses, and Occidental College. Her expertise includes environmental review of potential historic resources under local, state and federal regulations. Other positions have included: Director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Northridge Earthquake recovery partnership program;
Planner for the City of Pasadena, and Research Associate at the Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.
Major O'Connor holds Masters’ degrees in Planning and in Technology Management from Eastern Michigan University and a B.S. in Communications from Southern Illinois University.