A Representative Town Hall Meeting features speakers from the Federal/State, County and/or City of Phoenix. The event is co-hosted by Friends of Daisy Mountain Trails and the ACC.

October 8, 2021 speaker:MAG Transportation Safety Program Manager


This meeting will be held via Zoom

 Click HERE for ZOOM mtg:  Friday, OCTOBER 8, 2021; 9am

October 8, 2021
MARGARET  HERRERA, P.E., MAG Transportation Safety Program Manager
Margaret Herrera is the Transportation Safety Program Manager at the Maricopa Association of Governments. She has 26 years of experience serving in key roles on private and public sector transportation safety programs, projects and initiatives. She provides leadership and guidance in transportation safety efforts for the Maricopa region of 27 cities and towns and three Native nations in Maricopa County and parts of Pinal County. Margaret administrated processes for the update of the MAG Strategic Transportation System Plan (STSP) to reimagine regional safety planning with a human-centered approach that promotes a culture of safety. Work on the STSP included development of a comprehensive regional pedestrian and bicycle safety education program to be administered in coordination with local enforcement activities, called See Me AZ. Margaret regularly coordinates with local transportation planners and engineers, policy makers, public health practitioners, police and others as the facilitator of one of the country’s only dedicated regional Transportation Safety Committee at a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). Margaret joined MAG in 2012 as a Transportation Engineer III and was promoted to Transportation Safety Program Manager in 2018. Prior to MAG, Margaret served in traffic engineering departments at the City of Avondale and the City of Peoria. Having grown up in Albuquerque, NM, Margaret holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM (1993) and made her way to her home in Tolleson, Arizona via Seattle and Denver. Margaret is a registered professional engineer in the state of Arizona.

November 5, 2021
ANN O'BRIEN, Dist 1 Councilwoman City of Phoenix

Councilwoman Ann O'Brien is the newly elected representative of Council District 1.

She is an Arizona native and has been a resident of District 1 since 2004.  She made her mark in the community as an advocate for quality education--first as an active parent and volunteer in the Deer Valley Unified School District, and then as an elected Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) Governing Board Member in 2014. She was reelected to the DVUSD Board in 2018 and is currently the Governing Board President.

Councilwoman O'Brien's extensive volunteer service to her community includes providing support to students, teachers and staff as a committee member of the of the Stetson Hills Elementary School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and the Sandra Day O'Connor Academy of History Booster Club. In 2017, she was elected to the Arizona School Board Association (ASBA), where she is currently the President and the appointed chairperson of the 2020 Legislative Committee.  

Professionally, Councilwoman O'Brien is a proud Sun Devil, who has worked in project management with the Arizona Department of Child Support Enforcement and as a business broker for a local company.

With Council District 1 on the brink of great economic growth, Councilwoman O'Brien's focus will be preparing the community for incoming industries and developments in the area, ensuring that transportation, housing and key infrastructures are part of the overall plan. Equally important to her are the community's concerns surrounding homelessness and public safety. Her goal is to work closely with neighborhood associations and Block Watches to understand their issues and public safety needs and determine a roadmap that provides a strategy in finding solutions.

Family time is of great value to Councilwoman O'Brien. When she needs a refresh, she spends time with her husband of 27 years, Terry, along with their daughter, Amanda, and son, Thomas, both graduates of Sandra Day O'Connor High School and Northern Arizona University.

December 10, 2021
TOM ELLSWORTH, Planning & Development Director
BIO coming soon