Council term: 12/7/2009 - 12/3/2013
Born and raised in Ireland, Brian Brennan has been a citizen of the United States since 1966. His first term on the City Council began in December 1997. He was successfully reelected in November 2001 and 2005 and served as Mayor from 2003 until December 2005.
Brian is a strong advocate for the environment and sustainable communities. He represents the City on several boards and agencies, including, but not limited to the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District, the Beach Erosion Authority for the Control, Operations and Nourishment (BEACON), Chairman Elect of the Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance and serves as the Chairman of the Ventura Regional Sanitation District.
Brian's interests go beyond City appointments. He is a graduate of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute at the University of Maryland, was appointed by Governor Christie Todd Whitman to the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology for his work in Brownfield and Greyfield redevelopment and his advocacy for fuel cells and the Hydrogen highway. He is the past Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce, past Chairman of the Visitors and Convention Bureau, and past President of the Surfrider Foundation, and continues to be actively involved in all of these entities.
A professional restaurateur, Brian has opened restaurants in exotic places from the Hawaiian Islands to the Virgin Islands and ports in between. He presently heads up his own consulting firm that specializes in project design and management to the hotel and restaurant industry with an emphasis on adaptive reuse of historical structures, green building and energy efficiencies He has one daughter who resides in Annapolis, Maryland.