A former educator, Beth Krom earned the respect of both her community and her colleagues in public office for the way she worked to engage citizens.
During her 16 years in public office, Beth was a leading advocate for civic engagement, regional collaboration and coalition building. During her first term as Mayor, Irvine was named the “Safest Big City in America,” a distinction that continues to this day. Throughout her tenure, Beth focused her attention on the “quality of life” priorities that every community deserves — public safety, balanced planning, economic development, environmental stewardship, affordable housing, community partnerships, parks and open space, transit access, programs for children, youth and families and the arts.
As Mayor, Beth helped triple the City’s “rainy day” reserves which allowed Irvine to weather the Great Recession without cutting City services or laying-offs single municipal employee or police officer. It was also during her term as Mayor that the City’s support for local schools was significantly enhanced.
Whether in taking leadership by signing on to the US Conference of Mayors Climate Initiative and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, creating the Irvine Community Land Trust to support the development of high quality affordable housing, advocating for advanced transit or casting the deciding vote to stop the Orange County Sanitation District from getting a waiver from the Clean Water Act, Beth leads with courage and always aligns her vision with her values.
Beth likes to remind people that “building doesn’t make communities, people make communities.” A true community builder, Beth Krom has been a mentor, an advocate, a civic leader and a respected and award-winning public official.