Mayor Pro Tem John Nielsen currently serves as a District 17 Regional Council Member for the Southern California Association of Governments representing the cities of Tustin, Orange and Villa Park. He also serves as a Board Member on the Orange County Council of Governments. He serves as Vice Chair of the Orange County Sanitation District Board of Directors. John is also Chairman of the Energy & Environment Committee for the Association of California Cities – Orange County.
Prior to his election in November 2008, John served six years as a member of the City of Tustin Planning Commission, three years as its Chairman. He also served as a member of the OCTA Citizens Advisory Committee, the Tustin Police Chief’s Advisory Board, and was a member of the Business and Economic Development Council for the Tustin Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Totally Tustin Committee.
Since moving to Tustin in 1986, Mayor Pro Tem Nielsen has been involved with numerous civic organizations including the Tustin Public Schools Foundation, Tustin Eastern Little League, AYSO, National Jr. Basketball (NJB), Tustin Aquatics and Tustin High School Model United Nations.
Mayor Pro Tem Nielsen currently serves on the Board of Directors as Vice Chair of Operations for the Orange County Council Boy Scouts of America. He also is a member of the National Eagle Scout Association. Mayor Pro Tem Nielsen earned a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Fullerton and is employed as Vice-President for a corporate finance company.