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  Councilwoman Kristina Lawson

Kristina D. Lawson

Kristina D. Lawson was elected to the Walnut Creek City Council in November 2010. Prior to herservice on the City Council, Kristina served on the City's Planning Commission. She also previously served on the City of Pleasant Hill's Redevelopment Advisory Committee.

In her tenure on the City Council, Mayor Lawson has served on the Council's alcohol task force, Housing Subcommittee, and workplan subcommittee. In 2013, Mayor Lawson proposed formation of a public safety subcommittee to focus on a variety of safety issues. This year, in addition to serving on the new public safety subcommittee, Mayor Lawson is serving on the City's Finance subcommittee.

Mayor Lawson is the Council's representative to the Oversight Board to the Successor Agency of the former Walnut Creek Redevelopment Agency, and also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority. She is an appointee to the League of California Cities' Environmental Quality Policy Committee, serving as that committee's Vice Chair. Mayor Lawson also serves on the League's CEQA Reform Task Force, and ABAG's Regional Planning Committee.

A proud parent, Mayor Lawson serves as vice-president of the Murwood Elementary School PTA and on the Board of Directors of the Rudgear Estates Swim Team.

Professionally, Mayor Lawson is a land use and environmental lawyer with the national law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Arizona, and graduated at the top of her law school class from Santa Clara University School of Law.

Mayor Lawson is a native Californian, born in Santa Monica and raised in Santa Barbara County. Mayor Lawson and her husband, Matt, are raising their two young children - Kate and Graham - in south Walnut Creek. In their spare time, you can often find the Mayor and her family out and about in one of her favorite places - Walnut Creek's Shell Ridge Open Space.