Mayor Appoints Lori Ann Farrell to Long Beach Transit’s Board of Directors

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Long Beach Transit’s Board of Directors

Lori Ann Farrell

At its February 8th meeting, the Long Beach City Council approved Mayor Bob Foster’s re-appointments of Dr. Freda Hinsche Otto and Dr. James P. Norman, Jr. to four year terms on Long Beach Transit’s Board of Directors. The Council also approved the Mayor’s new appointment of Lori Ann Farrell to the seven-member Board.

Prior to serving in her current position as the Director of Finance for the City of Huntington Beach, Lori Ann Farrell most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer for the City of Long Beach where she managed the City’s $3.0 billion budget. Earning her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration from Columbia University in New York, Farrell has extensive financial management experience in both the public and private sectors and is considered an expert in municipal finance. “With over 20 years of experience in budgeting and financial management, I have the expertise to assist public agencies in addressing the financial challenges they are facing,” said Farrell.

Farrell is no stranger to public transit. “Born and raised in New York, I used public transit all my life. In fact, I didn’t learn to drive until I was an adult. Taking public transit was the fastest way to get from point A to point B”, said Farrell.  “I am excited about the opportunity to bring my commitment to public transit and my experience in the public sector to help Long Beach Transit achieve its goals for the future.”

The Long Beach Transit Board of Directors also elected officers, serving a one-year term: Mark Curtis, Chair; Dr. James P. Norman, Jr, Vice Chair; Barbara Sullivan George, Secretary/Treasurer; Doug Drummond, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer.

About Long Beach Transit
Long Beach Transit serves over 29 million boarding customers in Long Beach, Lakewood and Signal Hill—as well as portions of Artesia, Bellflower, Carson, Cerritos, Compton, Hawaiian Gardens, Norwalk, Paramount and Seal Beach—with regular bus and shuttle services including the Passport, AquaBus, and AquaLink. For more information visit

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