Nancy K. O'Brien

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Nancy O'Brien
Nancy O'Brien in May 2012

Term Start 1976
Term End 1978
Preceded by Charles Barbour
Succeeded by Laurence Brunton

Term Start 1976
Term End 2000

Biographical Information

Spouse Francis Fife

Nancy O'Brien served one term as a member of the city council (1976 to 1980),[1] was the first woman to serve as mayor of Charlottesville (1976-1978)[2] and is a member of the Charlottesville Democratic Committee.[3]

City councilship

One reason O'Brien got involved in local politics was to oppose a new road plan that consisted of the Meadowcreek Parkway and the Greenbrier Parkway. She remains opposed to the former, and happy the latter never got built. [citation needed]

Like former Mayor David Brown and former Mayor Mike Signer, O'Brien was selected to lead Council beginning with her first term.

Though she was not on City Council when the decision was made to create the downtown mall, one of O'Brien's first official duties was to receive the last brick. [citation needed]

Other political activities

O'Brien served on Citizens for a United Community.[4]

O'Brien served for 17 years as the Executive Director of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, and also as a member of the Planning Commission. Nancy currently[when?] serves on the Department of Housing Authority and Community Development Board and the Virginia Housing Development Authority Board. She is also the chair of the Advisory Committee for the Virginia Community Capital Bank.[3]

O'Brien founded the Leadership Legacy PAC to assist area women run for state and local office.[3]

O'Brien also served on Virginia's Board of Housing and Urban Development.[citation needed]

At a gathering of former mayors and former vice mayors in September 2015, O'Brien said the contemporary government in Charlottesville has too many committees. [1]


O'Brien moved to the area in the late 1960s. O'Brien was married to the late Francis Fife who was also a former mayor.[2]

O'Brien was honored in 1993 by the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce with a Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award. [5]

External links



  1. 1.0 1.1 Web. Former mayors and vice mayors offer advice to City Council, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, September 7, 2015, retrieved November 13, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 'Mayorsville: Here, everybody's a mayor', 10 Aug. 2006. Lisa Provence. The Hook. 2 May 2009.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Profile, Democratic Party of Virginia, retrieved 18 Jul 2009.
  4. Charlottesville City Council Minutes. 7 Apr. 2003. City of Charlottesville, Virginia. 24 Mar. 2009 <>.
  5. Web. Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award, Website, Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, retrieved November 13, 2017.