In 2007, Mayor Bill Bogaard began a new 4-year term as Pasadena's first City-wide elected mayor. His time in office has been an active period in the City's history, involving the arrival of the Gold Line light rail transit system with six stations in Pasadena; new housing construction; strengthening of cultural institutions; reform of the public schools; and enhancement of the City's neighborhoods.
The Mayor is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, after serving as a U.S. Air Force Captain in Los Angeles and Casablanca, Morocco. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pasadena Educational Foundation and the Pasadena YMCA. In 1997, the City of Pasadena granted him its highest civic recognition, the Arthur Noble Award.
In the private sector, Mayor Bogaard engaged in private law practice, handling financial transactions and mergers and acquisitions, and thereafter served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of First Interstate Bancorp, a financial services holding company. He works as an arbitrator of business disputes and has taught law at the University of Michigan and USC Law School.