Mayor Ann Schneider
Ann Schneider was re-elected as Mayor in December of 2022.
Ann Schneider has served on the Millbrae City Council since December 2015. She represents Millbrae on the San Mateo County Emergency Services Council, City and County Association of Government’s (CCAG) Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), the SFO Noise Airport Roundtable where she Chairs the Ground Based Noise Ad Hoc Committee. She is Millbrae’s alternate to ABAG and Peninsula Clean Energy Board of Directors. She serves as council liaison to Millbrae’s Cultural Arts and Community Enhancement advisory committees, and Council Fire and Budget sub-committees. She also serves on the following Council sub-committees: Infrastructure & Climate Change, Fire Sharing, Budget, Bike Sharing, and Economic Development & Strategic Alliance with SFO.
Ann helped create Millbrae’s first Community Garden (June 2019), host several Bike Rodeos including safe riding course and free helmets (March 2017 and May 2019), Millbrae’s first Disaster Preparedness Day (November 2019), and first Martin Luther King Community Volunteer Day (January 2020). She represented the City of Millbrae with visits to our Sister City, Mosta in Malta (April 2019) and to our Friendship City, Hanyu, Japan (November 2019). She also worked closely with MCAAC to bring back Millbrae’s Annual Art Shows, the City’s Utility Box Mural Program and the new Adopt a Spot Project.
Ann grew up in Millbrae attending Meadows Elementary, Taylor Middle, and Capuchino High Schools. After studying Italian, art, and architecture in Italy, she graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in Analysis of Ecosystems/Geography. She swam for UCLA’s Women’s Swim Team. She is a certified Master Composter, Integrated Pest Management Instructor, Emergency Medical Technician I, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member, and she is certified in all Red Cross Disaster courses. She completed the coursework for the Master of Environmental Science program at the University of San Francisco.
She is a member of the Millbrae Lions, Advisor to the Millbrae Leos Club, a member of the Millbrae Historical Society, Friends of Millbrae Library, Millbrae Chamber of Commerce, and current volunteer and former board member of Millbrae Community Television.
Ann has worked in the Zero Waste field for over 30 years. In the mid-1980s she was part of the team that created the first residential curbside recycling programs in San Mateo County. At Hewlett Packard she started the first commercial recycling program at her division and went on to become HP’s Governmental Affairs Rep. for solid waste issues. As Chair of the Solid Waste Committee of the Santa Clara County Manufacturing Group (now Silicon Valley Leadership Group), she created the first “Guide to Commercial Recycling” in the United States.
She served as the City of San Jose’s Commercial Recycling Manager, and the Director of Recycling Market Development at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). At UCSC’s Business Environmental Assistance Center, she spent over five years working on growing green businesses, greening businesses, and creating green-based jobs throughout California. She also created and taught courses in the Integrated Waste Management Certificate Programs for San Jose State University and UCSC. She has served as a Board Member of the California Resource Recovery Association, and the National Construction Material Recycling Association.
In 2006 Ann created the Sierra Club National Zero Waste Committee, emphasizing extended producer responsibility and full circle resource consumption. In February 2008, the Sierra Club National Board of Directors made sweeping changes in the Club’s policy on waste issues when they adopted the “Zero Waste Policy: Cradle to Cradle Principles for the 21st Century” created by Ann’s committee.
Ann travels extensively, hiking and swimming in the Galapagos Islands, Australia, Tasmania, Nepal, Japan, Thailand, India, and many countries in Europe, as well as visiting family and friends in Canada, Scotland, France, and Italy. She has a goal of staying at all the historic US National Park Lodges. She enjoys gardening and restoring her family’s almost 100-year-old home.