Ed Pawlowski is Mayor of Allentown Pennsylvania and a enter-city Allentown resident for over a decade who knows first-hand both the struggle and the potential Allentown faces. Ed was encouraged to run for mayor in 2005 by business and community leaders who were quick to point out that Ed’s leadership and experience were the only hope for a city that had been so recklessly managed for years. Voters in Allentown elected Ed and then showed renewed confidence by re-electing him by substantial margins in November 2009 and again in November 2013. The tenure of the Pawlowski administration has been characterized by action, purpose, a strong sense of urgency, and endless energy. Ed received his master’s degree in urban planning and public policy from the University of Illinois and his bachelor’s degree from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, where he met his wife, Lisa. They have two children, Mercy and Alex, who both attend Allentown public schools.
Jim Ruane is Mayor of the City of San Bruno, California. A San Francisco native and resident of San Bruno since 1976, Jim was first elected to the San Bruno City Council in 1995, served four consecutive terms on the City Council and as Chairman of the San Bruno Planning Commission before being elected to the office of Mayor in 2009. On the evening of September 9, 2010 Jim was one of the first on scene when a 30″ Pacific Gas and Electric Company high-pressure gas transmission pipeline exploded and set one of San Bruno’s residential neighborhoods on fire. With a steady hand and constant attention to the needs of San Bruno residents, Jim has tirelessly devoted himself to assuring the community’s full recovery from the tragic consequences of the pipeline disaster. His calm and decisive leadership has earned him distinction both locally and nationally. Jim has testified before State and Federal legislative committees, has represented the City at the National Transportation Safety Board and the California Public Utilities Commission. Jim is a plaster and drywall contractor and President, Board Member and Trustee for a number of trade organizations. Jim is a US Navy Vietnam era veteran. He has been married to Noreen for 41 years and has two grown children and three grandchildren.
Connie Jackson has served as City Manager for the City of San Bruno, CA since 2003. She previously served in progressively responsible city management positions over 18 years in the City of Hercules, CA and as the City Manager of the City of Fort Bragg, CA. In the wake of the San Bruno September 2010 gas transmission line explosion, Connie has provided strong leadership to emergency response, community restoration and recovery efforts while maintaining the community’s regular high standard of public service delivery. Connie led the City’s work as a party to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation and to subsequent proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission where the City has been a strong and effective advocate for safety and regulatory reform. Connie was recognized for career achievement in 2011 by the California organization Women Leading Government and League of California Cities as the recipient of the 2012 City Manager of Distinction award.
Lynda Farrell is Acting Executive Director of Mayors’ Council on Pipeline Safety and Executive Director of Pipeline Safety Coalition, a 501 (c)(3) dedicated to improving pubic, personal and environmental safety in pipeline issues. A graduate of Susquehanna University with a BA in English, Lynda obtained Special Education Certification, taught at the high school level and has work experience extending to marketing, management, farming, grant writing, environmental and agricultural consulting and pipeline safety. Lynda is was recently appointed to serve on the US Department of the Interior, US Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI) Multi-Stakeholder Group, is a 15 year member of the Chester County Conservation District Board of Directors and PA Farm Bureau, a founding member of PA-WAgN and a seven year certified Pet Therapy Dog Handler who visits patients with her Aussie, Phoebe. Lynda and husband Steve have one daughter and two great grandchildren, who are the light of their lives.