About Tricia

Tricia Keane has a vision for Pasadena.  She is dedicated to Pasadena and knows how to get good things done. Tricia is bold, optimistic, experienced, and ready to serve District 2 on the City Council.  


Tricia Keane has plans for Pasadena.  

Here is what Tricia will do on key issues facing Pasadena and District 2:


Housing & Homelessness.  Tricia has expertise and a strong track record on addressing homelessness and housing affordability. 

  • Tricia will work for affordable and work-force housing that fits our neighborhoods, so everyone can afford to live in and love Pasadena 
  • She will work for supportive housing, so that homeless individuals can get back into housing and succeed.
  • Tricia knows how to prevent homelessness. With the right financial, rental, and mortgage assistance, Pasadena residents can stay in their homes.  
  • Tricia will find practical solutions, like affordable housing placed near transit, making it easy for lower-income residents to live, work, and shop in Pasadena.  

Sustainability.  Tricia envisions a future where Pasadena thrives. She is ready to tackle climate change, especially through sustainable transportation.  Tricia will use creative approaches that are sensitive to the needs of all who want to walk, bicycle, ride transit, and drive. 

  • Tricia will work to expand Pasadena’s Safer Streets program in District 2, set measurable goals for the program, and establish timelines for safety improvements.  Safer Streets will enable pedestrians to cross streets safely, allow families walk and bicycle to school and work, and even improve traffic flow.
  • Tricia wants to build a robust network of protected bicycling routes — making sustainable transportation safe and accessible. 
  • Mass transit is a crucial piece of a sustainable transportation plan. Tricia will work closely with Pasadena Transit to expand bus service and complement LA Metro Bus service. 


Livability.  Tricia is an experienced urban planner, and a 15-year resident of Bungalow Heaven.  She knows the importance of neighborhood character, and she values Pasadena’s sense of place.  

  • Tricia will advocate to continue preserving the beauty and character of our historic neighborhoods and landmark districts. 
  • Tricia will support neighborhood-serving retail and small businesses to create vibrant local commercial corridors. 
  • Tricia has been active and involved in the Pasadena community for nearly 20 years, and is committed to keeping Pasadena a great place to live. 

Tricia Keane is endorsed by outgoing Councilwoman Margaret McAustin, who has served District 2 since 2007, and by Bike the Vote.


Biography & Background

Tricia Keane has nearly two decades of experience working in and with local governments, with the last 13 years of her career following in her dad’s footsteps dedicating herself to public service. After graduating from UCLA School of Law in 2001, Tricia clerked for Judge James Gwin, in the U.S. District Court , and then spent several years in private practice at the law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP, where she advised clients on land use, planning, and environmental matters. In 2007, Tricia joined the public sector. From 2007-2013, she was Senior Deputy County Counsel for the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning. From 2013-2019, she was Director of Land Use & Planning and then Deputy Chief of Staff for Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin. In that role, she served as a key strategic advisor, overseeing the office’s legislative and policy teams and leading the teams on a number of important policy issues like housing, homelessness, planning, and transportation. Tricia is currently Deputy Director of the Los Angeles Department of City Planning where she gets to put her experience to work making sure the largest planning department in the country is running smoothly, efficiently, and is accountable for the success of its policies and programs. 


It was important to Tricia to put her experience to work in her own community. A 15-year resident of Bungalow Heaven and a 17-year resident of Pasadena, Tricia has been volunteering with the community and involved in Pasadena government for the entire time she has lived here. She has been Councilmember Margaret McAustin’s appointee to and chair of several commissions, committees, and advisory groups. From 2011-2015, she served as a member and chair of the Recreation & Parks Commission and the Hahamongna Watershed Park Advisory Committee. She chaired a subcommittee formed to evaluate the Oak Grove Area Improvement Project. From 2016-2019, she served on the Planning Commission and as a member, then chair, of the Design Commission. From 2017-2018, Tricia served on the Arroyo Advisory Group as chair of the Outreach and Engagement Committee. She is currently a member of the Rose Bowl Operating Company Board of Directors. 


Born in Silverspring, Maryland, and raised in the Cleveland, Ohio area, Tricia graduated from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and then moved to California to attend UCLA School of Law. At UCLA, she was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review (Vol. 48) and graduated Order of the Coif. In her free time, she is an avid ultra-distance runner, converted her backyard to a garden, and adopts rescue dogs.

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