Councilmember Terry O'Day

Mr. O’Day is Executive Director of Environment Now, a foundation dedicated to preserving and restoring California’s environment. Founded by the family of Frank and Luanne Wells in 1989, Environment Now is known as a strategic, entrepreneurial, activist leader in California, having founded more than a dozen lasting, successful organizations like the Waterkeepers in California nad Mexico, Sequoia ForestKeeper, and Energy Independence Now. Its previous two Executive Directors have accepted cabinet positions with the past two California governors.

Mr. O’Day is also past president of EV Rental Cars, a company he co-founded in 1998. It is the only rental company in the United States that offers only environmental vehicles, such as hybrid, natural gas, and electric cars to the general public. The company has served fifteen airports in six states and more than 600,000 customers, with over 800 cars, broadening access to clean fuel vehicles and developing markets for new sustainable technologies. Terry and his partners have earned awards from the Coalition for Clean Air, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Council on Economic Priorities, and Calstart for their work. They have been featured in Newsweek, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, ABC World News Tonight, CNN, and Business Week.

Prior to founding EV Rental Cars, Terry was a senior analyst in business development and strategic planning for Edison Enterprises, a subsidiary of Edison International. His work with the company’s four retail units led to multiple successful new lines of business, including an international acquisition. He is a founder and director of Aegina Glassworks, which has developed a microwave furnace for manufacturing commercial glass that reduces the energy intensity of glass manufacturing by half. His sustainable technology experience spans solar, wind, and conventional energy production, manufacturing, electric vehicles, natural gas vehicles, and logistics.

Terry holds an MBA from The UCLA Anderson School of Management and completed the Coro Public Affairs Fellows Program in Los Angeles in 1996. The fellowship is widely considered among the top graduate fellowships in the country. He received a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Public Policy at Stanford University, with a thesis addressing public finance and demand management of electricity. At Stanford, he was active on the campus and in the community. He founded a lasting community organization that united students with local homeless persons to achieve an agenda set by the homeless members.

Terry lives with his wife, Tiffany O’Day, and their two daughters in Santa Monica, where he served as Chair of the city’s planning commission, member of the Sustainable City Task Force and advisory board member of Solar Santa Monica prior to being appointed to the city council. As a councilmember he is dedicated to sustainability in the broadest sense – safety, housing affordability, education, economic justice, democratic participation, natural resources, and more. He has also been active with community organizations throughout California and Mexico, including Coro Southern California, the USC Center for Sustainable Cities, the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, Human Rights Watch California Committee, Environmental Entrepreneurs, the Weingart Center and as the Board Chair of the Coalition for Clean Air. The 40 year-old Coalition is the only statewide advocate for California’s air quality.

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