Mayor Patterson served on the Benicia City Council from 2003 until her election as Mayor in 2007. She served on the Benicia Planning Commission (1998-2000) and was Chair of the General Plan Oversight Committee (GPOC) for three years from beginning to end (1995-1998). Ms. Patterson has been or currently serves on City committees including People Using Resources Efficiently (PURE), Sunshine (open government), Solano Economic Development Corporation, ABAG, BCDC (alternate), and Sky Valley Open Space.
Ms. Patterson was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the San Gabriel Valley. She moved to Northern California in 1968, lived and worked on a ranch in San Luis Obispo and then moved to Ithaca, New York to work as a librarian, before returning to the Bay Area. Elizabeth has lived in Benicia since 1983 where she raised two girls and one large dog.
Ms. Patterson became a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 1991 and has been a Planning Director for two Bay Area towns. Elizabeth has been involved in several regional and local issues using conflict resolution to reach a consensus for planning and managing urban and natural resource assets. She was Executive Director of the Partnership for Regional Livability, a project for the White House Task Force on Livable Communities during the Clinton/Gore administration.
Elizabeth is most proud of her work on the Delta Protection Commission while she was at the California State Lands Commission. Ms. Patterson has worked before and within the State Senate as staff to Senator Thompson. She is currently a staff environmental scientist (retired) working on the California Water Plan for the Department of Water Resources.