grew up in Marin County, where she developed an abiding respect
and appreciation for the beautiful natural environment that surrounded
her. Pat is the oldest of four children and credits her parents
with instilling in her motivation and drive to succeed in her career
balanced with a strong desire to help people in her community.
Pat graduated from Terra
Linda High School in 1969. The day after graduation, she began working
for the US Army Corps of Engineers spending five years at the Bay
Model in Sausalito and three years in San Francisco. Pat worked
full-time to earn her tuition for college which she attended full-time.
Despite carrying that heavy workload, she graduated from San Francisco
State University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude). Pat
went on to receive her Masters in Public Administration (cum laude)
from Golden Gate University in 1979. Demonstrating her thirst for
knowledge, in 1987, she obtained a Masters of Science in Environmental
Management from the University of San Francisco, 1987.
In 1977, Pat began working
for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where she is currently
employed as an environmental manager. Pat has been at the EPA for
over 20 years where she has managed several programs including the
Underground Storage Tanks, Ground Water, Ocean Dumping, Section
404 of the Clean Water Act and the National Pollution Discharge
Elimination System Programs.
Continuing her desire
to give back to her community, Pat served on the Novato Planning
Commission for over two years. She also served on the Marin County
Flood Control Board, as President of the Hillside Park East Homeowner's
Association, the Novato Community Hospital Board and the North Marin
Federation of Homeowner's Board. Currently, Pat is on the Hamilton
Restoration Advisory Board, the Steering Committee for the North
Bay Wetlands Project and the Environmental Quality Committee for
the League of California Cities.
The practical knowledge
that Pat has accumulated in her professional and civic life has
been very helpful in her work on the City Council. Pat was first
elected in June 1995, to fill the seat vacated by Harry Moore when
he was elected Supervisor. Pat won her re-election to the Council
in November 1997 with about 65% of the vote. In serving on the Council,
Pat has proven to be a leader. Due to illness of Mayor Ernie Gray,
Pat lead the Council and the community through the arduous General
Plan revision hearings. Pat's hard work produced a new General Plan
that is very balanced, allowing for economic growth and ensuring
protection of the environment.
Pat has made many contributions
to the community in her term of office. She is an advocate for youth
and is pleased to have the skatepark, Gymnastics and Teen Center,
and lighted ballfields at Indian Valley Campus. Pat initiated the
formation of the Housing and Services Commission which has been
instrumental in helping the city prepare a revised Housing Element
in the General Plan and promoting workforce housing. Under Pat's
watch, the City's Police Department has been significantly strengthened
with the addition of 5 new officers, a K-9 unit and one detective.
One of Pat's main goals
is to improve the fiscal health of the City of Novato. She has devoted
countless hours toward economic development. As Mayor, she has had
meetings with major employers to hear their concerns and needs for
expansion to retain these companies in Novato. Pat has met with
numerous companies that are interested in coming to Novato and has
made several presentations to attract new businesses to our community.
Pat voted to add an Economic Development Specialist (in partnership
with the Chamber of Commerce) and serves on the Economic and Tourism
Committee of the Council.
Packing more activities
into one day than most people do in a week, Pat still finds time
to be a member of the Soroptomists of North Bay, American Association
of University Women, Novato Chamber of Commerce, Novato Historical
Guild, and the Sierra Club. She is also an honorary member of the
With Pat on the Council,
the Council has become more moderate and reasonable which has allowed
the City to actually get things done and make progress. It is easy
to see that the drive that propelled Pat to excel in her professional
life has an equally beneficial effect when applied to her work on
the Novato City Council. Pat Eklund is one of the hardest working
Councilmembers -- and it shows.
Pat has also been active
in the League of California Cities where she serves currently as
First Vice President of the Mayors and Council Members Department.
She is on the Board of Directors for the League of California Cities
and also serves on the Environmental Quality and Public Safety Policy
Committees for the League.
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