MEET PAT O’BANNON

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Patricia O’Bannon has served as Henrico County’s Tuckahoe District Supervisor since 1995 and currently serves on the Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization, Capital Region Airport Commission, and Greater Richmond Partnership as well as other local, state, and national boards and commissions.

She studied at the University of Oxford, England, receiving a Certificate of Attendance. She also studied at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, receiving a Certificate as a Certified Planning Commissioner. Pat is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. in Secondary Education

Pat has served on the Virginia State Building Code Technical Review Board since 1996, having been appointed by seven governors of Virginia – both Democrat and Republican - through the years.

Family:         

  • Married to John M. O'Bannon, III, M.D.

  • Children are all adults and graduates of Henrico County Public Schools -- Douglas Freeman High School

  • Grandchildren all attend Henrico County Public Schools

Education:       

  • Virginia Commonwealth University, B.S., Secondary Education

  • University of Oxford, England; Certificate of Attendance

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech); Certified Planning Commissioner

Civic Involvement:

  • Native of Richmond, Virginia, and lifetime resident of the Richmond metropolitan area

  • Resident of Henrico County since 1971

  • Elected Member of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors since November, 1995

  • Chairman, Henrico County Board of Supervisors, 1999, 2004, 2010, 2014, 2017

  • Vice-Chair, Henrico Board, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2017

  • Henrico County Audit Committee, 2005-present

  • Chair, 2011 Commemoration Advisory Committee for Henrico County’s 400th Commemoration (2008-2011)

Interstate:

  • Local Government Advisory Committee to the Chesapeake Bay Program -- Chair 2000-2002

State:

  • Virginia Coalition for Open Government (Freedom of Information) -- 2008-present

  • Virginia State Building Code Technical Review Board, Member -- 1997-present

    • Appointed by seven Governors (Allen, Gilmore, Warner, Kaine, McDonnell, McAuliffe, Northam)

  • Virginia Interoperability of Emergency Communications (statewide), Executive Committee; Policy Committee 2007-present

  • Virginia Workforce Council, Member -- 1999-2003

  • Virginia State Executive Council for Comprehensive Services for At-Risk Youth and Families (2012-2015)

  • Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute

Regional:

  • Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital Community Advisory Board -- Member

  • Richmond Regional Planning District Commission (RRPDC) -- Member 1996 to present

  • Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization -- Chair 2000,2010, 2018-19

  • Metropolitan Richmond Air Quality Committee -- Chair, 2005 to present

  • Leadership Metro Richmond (LMR) Class of 1998

  • Greater Richmond Partnership Member, 2012-current; Chair, 2014-2015

  • Capital Region Airport Commission Member, 2012-current; Vice-Chair, 2017

National Association of Counties:

  • NACo Large Urban County Caucus Steering Committee; Vice-Chair 2001-2005

  • NACo Telecommunications & Technology Steering Committee; Vice-Chair 2000-present

  • NACo Resilient Counties Steering Committee, Vice Chair

Virginia Association of Counties:

  • VACo Telecommunications and Utilities Committee; Chair 2004-2008

  • VACo Executive Committee; 2010-2016

  • VACo Nominating Committee, 2002-2012

Virginia Municipal League:

  • VML Environmental Quality Policy Committee; 1996-2012

  • VML Executive Committee, 2006-2011

Other:

  • Henricus Foundation; Founding Member; Board of Trustees, 1985-present

  • Asian-American Society of Central Virginia, Member

  • Senior Connections Board of Directors; 2001-2004

  • Virginia Health Quality Center (VHQC), Board of Directors, 2002-2006

  • River Road Hills Neighborhood Association, President 1981-1983 and 1995-1996; Member, 1978-present

  • River Road Church (Baptist); Member 1980-present; Deacon 2006-2009; 2012-2015

  • Richmond Academy of Medicine Alliance; Chairman, Benefit Antiques Show 1988

  • Commonwealth Parenting Center speaker: Violence on View -- How Violence in the Media Impacts our Children 1989-1991

Awards:

  • Winner --- Good Housekeeping Magazine's "Women in Government" Award, July 2000 (through Rutgers University's Center for American Women and Politics, Partnership for Trust in Government and the Ford Foundation) for work on Henrico County's Domestic Violence Team Initiative -- 1996 to present (nominated by Virginians for Integrity in Government)

  • Winner --- YWCA 2001 Outstanding Women Awards for Government/Politics (2001)

  • Winner --- Richmond Magazine "Richmond's Best and Worst", August 2007 issue -- Object of Our Affection #11: Pat O'Bannon (for work on reducing the cost of land purchases for Henrico County)

  • Winner --- National Association of Counties' "Brilliant Idea" Award for Interactive Town Meetings online, 2017

Professional History:

  • Former English teacher, Douglas Freeman High School

  • Former Community News Editor, Richmond Suburban Newspapers

  • Former Development Associate, Central Virginia's Public Broadcasting

Professional Memberships:

  • Virginia Coalition for Open Government (VCOG) - Board of Directors