Throughout her tenure, Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs has championed issues to improve and protect Broward County's quality of life. As a neighborhood activist, she was elected to the County Commission in 1998 to represent the residents of District 2. She quickly earned the trust of her community by identifying problems and organizing divergent groups to work together to bring about real change. Her work has earned her recognition as an expert in sustainable growth, clean water and smart public transit. Recognizing that the welfare of a community is dependent on a healthy environment, Kristin began promoting green environmental practices upon taking office. Over the years she has created several task forces focused on sustainability, including the Climate Change Task Force, Water Advisory Board and the Coastal Ocean Task Force, of which she currently chairs. In 2008, Kristin created The Regional Climate Change Compact, a regional four county compact that addresses the future impact of climate change in Florida. In 2011, Kristin was selected to serve as Chair of the White House National Ocean Council's Governance Coordinating Committee, which advises President Obama on local government perspectives on ocean policy. Kristin also is a member of SmartGrowth America's Local Leaders Council and an ICLEI Resilient Communities of America inaugural signatory. This year as Mayor, Kristin has declared it the "Year of the Neighbor" with the intention of reaching out to neighboring community leaders, counties, and cities. Her most recent legislation includes the Tri-County Compact, an agreement between Broward, Miami Dade, and Palm Beach Counties to work together as a region to accomplish mutual goals. Kristin also celebrated the passage of Broward Complete Streets Program and the Broward County WAVE project, both of which support sustainable public transportation. Kristin lives with her husband Stuart in the Old Pompano neighborhood of Pompano Beach. She is the proud mother of three children and has three grandchildren.
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