Barbara Pierce is a retired City Council member from Redwood City and long-time Redwood City community volunteer. Elected in 1999, Barbara served as Redwood City Mayor, Vice Mayor and Council Member.
In her civic capacity, she led the Peninsula Division of the League of California Cities as President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer; Chaired the Bay Area Water Supply Conservation Agency, and chaired other regional committees focused on climate protection, resource management and congestion management.
She was an early supporter of the Grand Boulevard Task Force and served continuously until she retired from Council in December of 2015. As a member of the Bair Island Task, a multi agency task force, she worked to support the restoration of Bair Island with beneficial dredge materials from the Port of Redwood City.
Barbara is a civic engagement advocate and helped foster Redwood City’s community involvement approach to city planning, neighborhood problem solving, and community building. She has a keen interest in a wide range of issues including sustainability, urban planning and complete streets; public art, immigrant integration and collaborative efforts on behalf of children and families, bringing these perspectives to the Council and city efforts.
Barbara’s 20+year involvement with the Redwood City Education Foundation helped restore music education and outdoor education to students throughout the Redwood City School District. Active in community activities, she served in leadership roles in her daughter’s schools and Girl Scouting.
Barbara is a graduate of Moravian College and Catholic University with a Master’s in Psychology and specialization in Deafness and Rehabilitation. Discovering a love of urban design and community engagement, Barbara worked with community, city, county and museum leadership to create the entrance to the San Mateo County History Museum and Courthouse Square. Barbara is the Chairperson of the San Mateo County History Museum, member of the Redwood City Park and Arts Foundation and Co-Chair of the Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee.