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 Operations Committee for the Orange County Sanitation District as well as serving on the Board of Directors.
Prior to his election in November 2008, John served 6 years as a member of the City of Tustin Planning Commission, 3 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, Council Member 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.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors as Vice Chair of Operations for the Orange County Council Boy Scouts of America and as an Assistant Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 243 in North Tustin. He also is a member of the National Eagle Scout Association. Council Member Nielsen earned a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University Fullerton and is employed as an Area Manager for the Corporate Finance Group of a Fortune 500 company.