Barbara Pierce

City of Redwood City
Board of Directors
Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency 

Barbara Pierce was appointed by the City Council of Redwood City to the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency. Redwood City provides water to all Redwood City residents and to some unincorporated portions of San Mateo County.  She is the current Vice Chair of the BAWSCA Board.

Ms. Pierce retired from the Redwood City Council in December 2015, after 16 years of service.  She was first elected to the Redwood City Council in 1999 and was re-elected in 2003 and 2007.  She served as Vice Mayor from 2003 - 2005 and Mayor from 2005 - 2007.  Ms. Pierce's involvement with water-related issues dates from her service on the Redwood City Council Utilities Committee in 2000, when the city embarked on their long-term water supply strategy.  This strategy led to the creation of an aggressive water conservation program and the planning, construction and implementation of a recycled water project.  These efforts have reduced Redwood City's water dependency to below their contractual level with the SFPUC.

On the City Council, Ms. Pierce was a civic engagement advocate and helped foster Redwood City's community involvement approach to city planning, neighborhood problem solving, and community building.  She had a keen interest in the issues of sustainability and urban planning, bringing these perspectives to the Council and city efforts.  With the support of the Redwood City Council, Ms. Pierce signed the Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. 

Ms. Pierce currently serves on the Board of Directors of the San Mateo County Historic Assoication, Green Belt Alliance, and the Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation.  Her 30-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 has served in leadership roles on school related committees, Girl Scouting, and the Redwood City-San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce. 

Ms. Pierce earned her B.A. from Moravian College, and M.A. from Catholic University in Psychology. She worked in the Rehabilitation Counseling field specializing in Deafness and as a Spanish Speaking Social Worker. She has been a resident of Redwood City for 30+ years. She and her husband have two grown daughters.