Bill Bogaard, Former Mayor of Pasadena (1999-2015)


Bill Bogaard recently completed 16 years as Pasadena’s first directly elected mayor. Previously, he was Executive VP and General Counsel of First Interstate Bancorp, a financial services company, until its merger in the late 1990’s with Wells Fargo & Co. 

Prior to joining First Interstate, he was engaged in corporate securities law practice as a partner in a Los Angeles law firm. In 1987, the Los Angeles Bar Association honored him as Outstanding Corporate Counsel. In 1997, he received the Arthur Noble Award, Pasadena’s most prestigious recognition for community service. 

Bill graduated from Loyola Marymount University and the Michigan Law School and he served as Captain in the U.S Air Force. He is a Board Member of the Huntington Memorial Hospital and the Pasadena Community Foundation; he serves as chairman of Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative, a life sciences incubator and workforce development program, with partners including Pasadena, CSU Los Angeles, Cal Poly Pomona, and Pasadena City College. 

He and his wife, Claire, a founder of Pasadena Heritage, are parents of four children: Michele, Jeannine, Joseph and Matthew. 

Sarah Rothenberg