Irvine Mayor Farrah N. Khan Presents at the Greater Irvine Chamber, First Time In-Person
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
During its first in-person Government Affairs meeting in more than a year, the Greater Irvine Chamber welcomed Irvine Mayor Farrah N. Khan to a group of community partners and business leaders on Aug. 5. Mayor Khan provided city updates on the exploration and evaluation of the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, Community Choice Aggregation (also known as Community Choice Energy), city-wide broadband, and ways the city plans to partner with the Greater Irvine Chamber on economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mayor was clear in her interest to engage community stakeholders on all of those initiatives. The Greater Irvine Chamber is committed to be a resource to the city as they consider these important issues.
The meeting was facilitated by Greater Irvine Chamber President and CEO Byran Starr and the organization’s Government Affairs Committee Chair Kelley Lee of Southern California Edison.
Mayor Farrah N. Khan was first elected to the Irvine City Council in 2018 with the highest votes among 12 candidates and is the first woman of color to be elected to the Council. She is a small-business owner and a recruitment consultant. Prior to that, Mayor Khan served for eight years as a Regulatory Affairs Manager for a biotech company in Emervyville, CA. And for four years, 2015-2019, she served as the executive director for a local nonprofit, Newport Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council, where she worked with the local faith communities and other non-profits to tackle issues like homelessness and human trafficking while promoting peace and understanding.
Mayor Khan has served on the Steering Committee for the Irvine Global Village Festival, is a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) volunteer with the Irvine Police Department, and is an active member of the Irvine Rotary Club. She was appointed as a Community Services Commissioner in 2014, where she took the time to get to know the city parks, open spaces, land development, amenities, and employees.
Mayor Khan has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout the years which is a testament to her commitment to service. She was also awarded the Community Service Leader Award from the OC Human Relations Commission. She was recently recognized as a U.S. Mayor to Watch by Route Fifty. Building bridges and bringing communities together is a priority for her as is making sure Irvine is environmentally and economically sustainable for years to come.
Mayor Khan lives in Irvine with her husband and two sons.
Chamber members and invited guests are eligible to attend the Chamber's Government Affairs Committee meetings with advanced reservation. The next meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 2, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m., with special guest Senator Dave Min, representing Orange County’s 37th State Senate District, which includes Irvine and Anaheim Hills, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Newport Beach, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park.
Category: City of Irvine, Mayor Farrah N. Khan, Greater Irvine Chamber, Bryan Starr