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Mayor Bob Foster

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How He Empowers Others

Mayor Bob Foster is a widely-respected business and community leader who was elected as the 27th mayor of Long Beach in June, 2006. 

Foster served as president of Southern California Edison before his retirement in 2006 after more than 20 years with the company. 

As an Edison executive, Foster led California’s largest electric company through the 1999 energy crisis.  During Foster’s tenure, Edison developed the largest renewable, clean energy programs (solar, geothermal, biomass and wind) in the United States.

Foster began his career in public service as a staffer in the California State Senate and California Energy Commission where he established statewide energy efficiency standards that are still in force today.

Mayor Foster is a graduate of San Jose State University in public administration. Prior to his election as mayor, Foster served as a trustee to the California State University system and remains active in a number of community and public policy organizations.

Mayor Foster and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 40 years and have two grown sons and three grandchildren.  The Mayor and Mrs. Foster work to support a variety of community organizations.

Foster is an avid baseball fan and coached his son’s little league teams for 10 years, taking one of the teams to the Little League World Series in 1983.