About Pat

Mountain View has been my home for most of my adult life.  Early on,  I had fun with a range of activities related to my children, such as being a girl scout leader and active in the local PTA.  Later, I put my professional experience to work through serving on Mountain View’s Planning Commission (EPC) for nine years, the board of the Santa Clara League of Conservation Voters, and the board of the Los Altos-Mountain View Area League of Women VotersIt was my honor to serve on Mountain View’s City Council from 2015 to 2019 and particularly as Mayor in 2016.  Since stepping down from Council, I’ve become active in a number of Boards and Commissions related to affordable housing and environmental sustainability.  

By profession, I’m a Civil Engineer who has specialized in water resources management.  I realized very early in my career that the best political decisions must involve people with sound environmental knowledge.  The last 20 years of my career were devoted to flood protection and environmental restoration.  Expected sea level rise makes the floods we must plan for so much worse.  Serving on Council will give me the opportunity to protect my own community by making sure that the sea level rise protections we need get constructed.  These projects are also an opportunity to provide good jobs and green the economy.

During my 4 years on Council, I applied to committees where my professional experience was particularly relevant like Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, the Energy & Environment Committee of the National League of Cities and Water Now Alliance, and Santa Clara County’s Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission and the Advanced Water Re-use Committee between Valley Water and the cities of Mountain View and Palo Alto. 

Like most people in Mountain View, I migrated here from somewhere else.  Just a year after graduating from Mount Holyoke College with majors in Geology & America History I started graduate school at UC Berkeley.  I earned a masters in Civil Engineering.  I spent 2nd semester of my junior year at Princeton where I met my husband, Steve Longcor.  Our children, Abby and Ben Longcor, both live nearby and are diligently working to get me re-elected. I used to keep in touch with my extended family by traveling back to Richmond, VA several times a year, but now we are visiting by Zoom.  

Currently Serving on:

  • Alta Housing Board (formerly Palo Alto Housing)
  • Carbon Free Mountain View Board
  • San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission
  • Santa Clara County Roads Commission
  • Mountain View Coalition for Sustainable Planning Executive Committee
  • Water Now Alliance Leadership Council
  • Cooper Park Neighborhood Association, founder 

 

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