Council Member JERRY AMANTE is a former Chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and currently serves on the OCTA’s Executive Committee, as Chair of the Legislative and Communication Committee, as a member of the Finance and Administration Committee, the ARTIC Ad Hoc Committee and the State Route 91 Advisory Committee. Council Member Amante is also a member of the LOSSAN Board of Directors and a member of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Regional Council. He also serves as Chair of the Transportation Corridor System Board of Directors and is a Past Chair of the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) where he serves on its Finance and Operations Committee, Federal Procurement Committee, Mobility Committee, Marketing Committee and its Legislative Committee. He also serves as a member of TCA's Joint Ad Hoc Financial Options Committee made up of members of the Boards of Directors from each of the toll road agencies. Council Member Amante is the past President and member of the Executive Committee of the Association of California Cities-Orange County. He also serves as an alternate to the Orange County Sanitation District.
He has served two terms as Mayor Pro Tem and three terms as Mayor in Tustin. Prior to his election to the City Council, he was appointed to the Tustin Planning Commission and served as its Chairman until he resigned in 2004 to run for office.
He has been active in the community in a variety of capacities. He has been a member and Pillar Sponsor of the Tustin Chamber of Commerce and has served on its Government Affairs Council and its Business and Economic Development Council. He is a proud graduate of the Tustin Citizens Police Academy. He is a member of, has volunteered for, supported and/or contributed to many community and civic organizations including the Tustin Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Committee, the Tustin Boys and Girls Club, the Tustin American Legion, the Tustin Senior Center, the Tustin Public Library, the Tustin Area Historical Society, the Tustin Public Schools Foundation, the Tustin Millennium Exchange Club, the Tustin Community Foundation, the Orange County Lincoln Club, the Orange County Rescue Mission, the Orange County Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, and he currently serves as President of the Family Violence Project.
Council Member Amante has a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law. He is admitted to all California State and Federal Courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is also a licensed real estate broker. He owns a law firm that specializes in advocacy, strategy and government relations.
Council Member Amante and his wife, Nancy, have lived in Tustin for 24 years. They have two children, Shawn and Paul, and three grandchildren, Erik, Danica and Karissa.