Mayor Trish Kelley
Trish Kelley was originally elected to the Mission Viejo City Council in November 2002. She served as Mayor in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2014. In December 2014, she retired from the City Council, due to term limits. After a 2-year return to the private sector, Trish was again elected in November 2016.
During her service on the City Council, Trish has successfully promoted many programs and improvements to enhance the quality of life in Mission Viejo. She advanced the expansion of the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, the renovations of Montanoso and Sierra Recreation Centers and the Marguerite Tennis Center, the addition of three new parks, and expanded hours for the library. Trish spearheaded the effort to bring a senior transportation program to Mission Viejo. She supported road-widening projects on Crown Valley, Alicia, and Oso Parkways and various signal and road improvements city-wide.
In 2003, Trish led the City Council to establish Mission Viejo as a City of Character. She helped to develop a city-wide character program, which focuses on a different character quality each month. She wrote the curriculum, which is provided to the City’s 25 schools, various City facilities, and featured on the City website. The program has received awards at the state and national levels. Trish has been a presenter at state and national conferences, teaching other organizations how to bring similar character programs to their communities.
Current Membership Information
Trish serves on the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Transportation Committee and the Transportation Corridor Agencies Board of Directors. In addition, she is a member of the CUSD/Mission Viejo Ad Hoc Committee, the Integrated Solid Waste Services Ad Hoc Committee, the Voter Education Ad Hoc Committee, and the Housing Ad Hoc Committee. Trish is a member of the Mission Viejo Community of Character Committee and the Mission Viejo Drug Abuse Prevention Coalition.
The Marine Corps brought Trish and her husband, Jack, here in 1977 when he served as a pilot at the Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro. Trish has been volunteering in the community since she moved to Mission Viejo. She has been an active volunteer in church, youth sports, Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts, Relay for Life, Saddleback College Foundation, and served as PTA President at three different schools. The Kelleys have three grown children and eight young grandchildren. Trish continues to understand and support children’s issues through her involvement with her grandchildren’s activities, staying in touch with our Mission Viejo school principals, and by serving currently as a weekly volunteer in the classroom at de Portola Elementary School. She is an active member of Compass Bible Church.
Trish believes that quality of life, public safety, economic development, and transportation are the primary concerns of our residents and works hard to preserve and enhance those areas.
Term 1 - November 2016
Term expires November 2020
Biography prepared by: Mayor Pro Tem Trish Kelley