Santa Monica City Councilmember 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, most recently, from 2012 to 2014.
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 past 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 has led 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 Commission.
Ms. 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.