Bob Foster, Mayor Long Beach
Mayor Bob Foster is a widely-respected business and community leader who was elected as the 27 th mayor of Long Beach in June, 2006. He was re-elected for a second term in June 2010.
Mayor Foster served as president of Southern California Edison before his retirement in 2006 after more than 20 years with the company. As an Edison executive, Mayor Foster led California’s largest electric company through the 1999 energy crisis. During Mayor Foster’s tenure, Edison developed the largest renewable, clean energy programs (solar, geothermal, biomass and wind) in the United States.
Mayor Foster began his career in public service as a staffer in the California State Senate and California Energy Commission where he established statewide energy efficiency standards that are still enforced today.
He was appointed as the Environmental Committee chair in 2008, elected to the Advisory Board in 2009 and elected to the Board of Trustees in 2010 for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Mayor Foster to the Board of Governors for the California Independent Systems Operators (ISO) in 2010.
Mayor Foster is a graduate of San Jose State University in public administration. Prior to his election as mayor, he served as a trustee to the California State University system and remains active in a number of community and public policy organizations. Mayor Foster and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 42 years and have two grown sons and three grandchildren. The Mayor and Mrs. Foster work to support a variety of community organizations.