Image of Nancy Pfeffer.
Nancy Pfeffer, the public policy guru, City Fabrick
board member, and Environmental Responsibility instructor with CSULB’s Global
Logistics Specialist (GLS) professional designation program, has been named to
the Long Beach Transit (LBT) Board of Directors by Long Beach Mayor Robert
One of four women newly named, and expected to be
appointed this January; Pfeffer said she is excited about the predominantly
female board consisting of six dynamic women and one man. The new team will be
responsible for guiding the entirety of Long Beach’s transit system, including
how it will partner with outside resources to expand services beyond buses.
“I would love to keep the great system we have,” she
said. “But, assuming we can, I’d like to
get creative to see how our transit system can work with other modes to offer
people options. I’m really interested in taking this utility to the next
An authority on environmental responsibility, Pfeffer
has directed the CITT Environmental Responsibility session as part of the GLS program, lead Caltrans Goods
Movement seminars, and has taught a Port of San Diego Marine Terminal Program
through CSULB’s Center for International Trade and Transportation, and will
bring a unique perspective to the LBT role. Pfeffer has long-been an outspoken and active advocate for public
transit, bicycling, rights and access for those with disabilities, and public
policy/infrastructure in regard to public transit.
“Long Beach has unique needs and unique challenges.
We’re very spread-out. Years ago, as a society, we committed ourselves to the
car. Now, we’re confronting new environmental challenges. With smart growth we
can provide people with lots and lots of choices. And, if people can easily use
their bike or have flexible transportation options, they will consider leaving
their car at home.”
A Chemistry and Physics major, Pfeffer went straight
into environmental science right out of college. Starting with the aerospace
industry, she moved to New Orleans to contribute to space shuttle environmental
compliance initiatives. After moves to Baltimore, Maryland, and Oakland,
California, Pfeffer settled in Long Beach in the mid-90s to work with Arco.
Today, a public policy analyst and communicator
focused on the intersection of environmental and transportation issues, Pfeffer
is excited to live in such a dynamic port city.
“Long Beach is an enormous
port complex. Combined with L.A., we are the biggest in the nation and within
the top 10 port complexes in the world. We have unique challenges surrounded by
homes, businesses, and industry; we’re a laboratory, an example, and a historic
location for the transit and goods movement sector. It really is incredible.”