Councilmember Pam O'Connor

Councilmember Pam O’Connor focuses her efforts on creating policies and partnerships that create and enhance community livability, transportation and environmental sustainability.

Ms. O'Connor's special interests are transportation and environmental sustainability. Ms. O’Connor is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Metro (Metropolitan Transportation Authority). Metro is the transportation agency that plans, coordinates, designs, builds and operates transit in one of the country's largest, most populous counties. She has served on the Board since 2001 representing the Westside and South Bay cities whose combined population approaches one million. Metro provides a bus fleet of 2000 coaches and operates 60 miles of rail service.  Ms. O’Connor also represents the City of Santa Monica on the Exposition Light Rail Construction Authority Board, which is dedicated to construction of Light Rail to Santa Monica.

Ms. O’Connor works on policy issues with the League of California Cities, the National League of Cities, and the American Public Transportation Association. She serves as a member of the Regional Council of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the area's metropolitan planning organization, representing the Westside Cities, and is Chair of their Regional Comprehensive Plan Task Force. She is a member of the Local Government Commission Board of Directors and works with cities throughout the world on environmental sustainability and climate protection as an active member of ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability.

Ms. O’Connor has been honored by the American Planning Association’s Los Angeles Chapter with the 2005 Distinguished Leadership Award—Elected Official and the California Preservation Foundation named her the Milton Marks Legislator of the Year in 1999.

As a professional planning consultant, Ms. O'Connor specializes in historic preservation and has worked on significant historic building projects throughout Southern California including: the Los Angeles City Hall Seismic Rehabilitation; UCLA's Powell Library, Royce and Kerckhoff Halls; USC's Doheny Library, Mudd Hall of Philosophy, and Bovard Hall; and California State University's Channel Islands Campus. She served as Director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Northridge Earthquake recovery partnership program, as a planner for the City of Pasadena, and as a research associate for the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.

Ms.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.

As an enthusiastic urban explorer, she is a regular user of Santa Monica’s award-winning Big Blue Bus and a strong advocate for public transit. Ms. O’Connor has served on the Santa Monica City Council since 1994.

Last updated: 9/15/2011
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