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Pam O'Connor, Mayor Pro Tempore, focuses her efforts on creating policies and partnerships that enhance community livability by integrating land use and transportation policies with environmental sustainability and economic vitality. She has served on the Council since 1994.
Mayor Pro Tempore 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. As Chair of Los Angeles County Metro in 2007-08 she fostered the agency's first comprehensive Sustainability Plan. Metro is the transportation agency that plans, coordinates, designs, builds and operates transportation/transit in one of the U.S.'s most populous counties. On the Metro Board, Mayor Pro Tempore O'Connor represents the 19 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.
Mayor Pro Tempore O'Connor is Second Vice 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. With a population exceeding 18 million persons in an area of more than 38,000 square miles, SCAG is the largest of nearly 700 councils of government in the United States. As the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization, SCAG is mandated by the federal government to research and draw up plans for transportation, growth management, hazardous waste management, and air quality. Additional mandates exist at the state level.
Mayor Pro Tempore O'Connor participates on policy issues with the National League of Cities as a Vice-Chair of the Transportation Infrastructure Services Steering Committee, the League of California Cities, and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). She is a member of the Local Government Commission's Board of Directors and 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.
As a professional urban planning consultant since 1990, 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 and California State University. 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.
Mayor Pro Tempore 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.