First elected to Santa Monica City Council in 1994, she is currently in her fourth term as Mayor. Throughout nearly two decades of continuous service, Mayor O’Connor has championed policies and partnerships that enhance community livability. She is particularly interested in issues that advance mobility, transportation and sustainability.
as member of the Los Angeles County Metro Board since 2001, steering the planning, coordination, design, construction, and operation of the transportation/transit system for the nation’s most populous county. In this capacity, she leads Metro’s Sustainability Committee.
Vice-Chair of the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority Board that oversees construction of the light rail line that extends from Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica.
She has also served as president of the Southern California Association of Governments, a metropolitan planning organization representing six counties. Pam O’Connor led the 84-member regional council in the unanimous adoption of the region’s first Sustainable Communities Strategy in 2012.
Pam O’Connor also served on the California Coastal Commission as an alternate from 2010 to 2012. This quasi-judicial regulatory body oversees land use issues that impact California’s coastline, with the goal of protecting and conserving the environment and preserving public access to this natural resource.
Mayor O’Connor works with cities throughout the world on environmental, sustainability and climate issues as a member of ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability-USA Board.
Communities. She is an active member of the National League of Cities and the US Conference of Mayors.
As a professional urban planning consultant, Ms. O’Connor specializes in historic preservation. She has worked on significant historic buildings throughout Southern California. Her expertise includes environmental review and rehabilitation of historic resources.
She holds Masters’ degrees in Planning and in Technology Management from Eastern Michigan University and a B.S. in Communications from Southern Illinois University.