Mayor Jennifer Fitzgerald was elected to the Fullerton City Council in November 2012 and served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2014/2015 and Mayor in 2015/2016. In her first three years in office, Mayor Fitzgerald played a key role in several significant accomplishments, including a $3.5 million retroactive refund of water rate overcharges, public safety reform, a substantive increase in funding to repair the city’s aging roads and water infrastructure, and adoption of new transparency measures for public employee labor negotiations.
Mayor Fitzgerald represents the City of Fullerton on the Board of Directors for the Association of California Cities-Orange County Chapter and she is a Member of the Board of Directors for the Orange County Taxpayers Association. She is a former Metropolitan Water District Director, Past President of the North Orange County Chamber (formerly Fullerton Chamber of Commerce) and past Member of the Board of Directors for the Fullerton Historic Theater Foundation. Previously, she served the City of Fullerton on its Planning Commission and General Plan Advisory Committee.
Mayor Fitzgerald’s volunteer service includes work in education and community development. She is the founder of Give Back (Packs) Fullerton and Co-Chair of the Annual Fullerton Women’s Leadership Forum; a member of the Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton Elks Lodge, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, American Legion Auxiliary, Needlework Guild of America-Fullerton Chapter and Fullerton Woman’s Club. Additionally, she serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Coast to Coast Foundation and is on the Board of Directors for OC United, a faith-based Fullerton non-profit dedicated to serving the homeless, neighborhood development and foster care.
Mayor Fitzgerald has worked in public relations and public affairs in Orange County for 20 years. She and her husband, Sean, have called Fullerton home for 15 years and are the proud parents of two sons. Jennifer graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Biola University.