Nancy Tragarz was elected in 2008 and again in 2012 to serve on the Walnut City Council and was chosen by her fellow Council Members to serve as Mayor in 2011, 2014, and again in 2018. She previously served as Vice Chairperson of the Parks and Recreation Commission, Vice Chairperson on the Ethics Committee and on the Family Festival Committee.
Nancy’s family moved to Walnut in 1972 when she was nine. She graduated from Walnut High School in 1981 with highest honors. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 1985. She also earned her Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 1991 where she was on the Dean’s List. She has been married to Ken since 1985 and they have two sons, Steven and David.
Nancy began her career working in the accounting and finance departments at Unisys and Security Pacific National Bank. While attending law school, she worked for the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office as a Certified Law Clerk and was an extern to the Hon. Ronald S.W. Lew, U.S. District Ct. She went on to work at the law firms of Prenovost, Normandin, Bergh & Dawe and Munger, Tolles & Olson. She has successfully tried over 30 cases and has two written appellate opinions.
Nancy has been an active volunteer in the community serving as a Cub Scout Leader; Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor; Walnut H.S. Community Partners, Suzanne Community Club Treasurer and Secretary; Collegewood Community Club Co-President, Co-Treasurer, Yearbook Editor, and Room Mom; School Site Councils at Suzanne and Collegewood; WVUSD Coordinating Council President and Vice President; WVUSD Facility Advisory Committee; WVUSD Equalization Committee; Treasurer for the Committee on the Measure “S” and “Y” school bonds. She has also been active in her Church, teaching Sunday school since 1998, leading the visitor calling ministry since 1991, and was the Church Treasurer. She has also been Team Mom for Soccer and Pony Baseball. She was also Vice President of the San Gabriel Valley Charitable Foundation and on the Board of Directors for OPARC. In addition, she is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
She has represented the City of Walnut on the CA Contact Cities Association Executive Board, Foothill Transit Board, L.A. County Sanitation District Board, San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments Board; Joint Powers Insurance Board and the Regional Chamber of Commerce. Nancy’s previous professional affiliations include being a Certified Arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau’s AUTO LINE program, Judge for the Loyola National Civil Trial Competition, State Bar Administration of Justice Committee, Federal Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association - Professional & Ethics Committee and Administration of Justice Committee, American Bar Association, Alliance for Children’s Rights, and U.S.C. Marshall School of Business Administration Alumni Association.
Nancy’s passion has always been working with the community. As one of your elected officials, she plans to continue serving the Walnut community, by helping to keep it a safe, friendly place to live.
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