Terry Nagel was elected to the Burlingame City Council in 2003 and was re-elected in 2007 and 2011. She is currently serving her third term as Mayor. She has been a Burlingame homeowner and active community volunteer since 1978.

Poppy Drive tug of warCommunity Service. During her years on the council, Terry has encouraged open government and citizen involvement in local government and succeeded in getting campaign finance reform adopted. Burlingame enjoys a strong reputation for managing its finances responsibly, offering a high level of service to residents and businesses, and inviting public feedback.

Terry started the Burlingame Pet Parade and helped organize a community-wide planning exercise called a “charrette” to envision the future of downtown Burlingame. That vision is reflected in the new Burlingame Avenue streetscape.

In 2006 Terry started the first Burlingame Neighborhood Network to encourage neighbors to assist one another in emergency preparedness and crime prevention. She is an active member of the Citizens Environmental Council – Burlingame, which promotes sustainability.

Current Roles. Since January 2010, Terry has served on the Board of Directors of the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. She also serves on the City/County Association of Governments for San Mateo County (C/CAG), the San Mateo County Emergency Services Council and the city’s Civic Engagement Subcommittee.

Terry has worked since the fall of 2002 to win better power service from Pacific Gas & Electric for the residents of Burlingame. She was instrumental in persuading PG&E to spend more than $5 million on improvements to circuits in Burlingame. After an underground pipeline exploded in San Bruno in 2010, Terry began focusing on pipeline safety.

Professional Experience. As a staff writer and editor for the San Mateo Times, Terry covered 10 local cities, eight school districts, the courts and county government. She later worked as an editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, as Assistant Managing Editor of Forbes ASAP magazine, as Managing Editor of Great Schools.net and Encore.org, as Communications Officer for the Skoll Foundation and as Communications Manager for the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. She currently works as Associate Director of Media Relations for Stanford Law School.

Terry and her husband Jim have lived in Burlingame since 1978. They have three grown children.