Phillip B. Tsunoda has served on the Aliso Viejo City Council since 2007. He proudly served as Mayor for the City of Aliso Viejo in 2014, following his first term as Mayor in 2010. He also served in the leadership role as Mayor Pro Tem in 2009 and 2013. He again served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2017.
Phillip was elected by voters in November 2010, re-elected in 2014 and has served the residents of Aliso Viejo since the City Council appointed him to the post in May 2007.
Professionally, Phillip currently works as the Executive Director of Public Policy and Public Affairs at CalOptima, the public health plan that serves low-income residents in Orange County. He has been a part of the leadership team at CalOptima since 2013. Prior to CalOptima, he worked on legislative, policy and strategic planning issues for the County of Orange. His past experience also includes serving as the Chief of Staff to Orange County Board of Supervisor Chris Norby. Before joining the Supervisor’s staff, he served for three years as the Director of External Affairs for Orange County Clerk-Recorder Tom Daly. From 1997 to 2004, Phillip was the Manager of Government Relations for the City of Anaheim and was responsible for the external governmental affairs program for Anaheim, including serving as the city’s liaison to all the levels of government, including local, regional, state and federal.
Phillip’s early professional background also includes serving as a policy and legislative analyst for the County of Orange Health Care Agency as well as other similar roles. He has a wealth of experience in municipal and regional public policy issues dealing with land-use, transportation, health care and law enforcement-related programs, policies and projects.
Council Member Tsunoda also represents the City of Aliso Viejo on the Orange County Fire Authority and Orange County Vector Control District boards.
Phillip’s community involvement has grown throughout his over 20 years in town. He was a member of the Aliso Viejo Community Association (AVCA) Planning Committee where he reviewed and recommended planning and development projects. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the South Coast Medical Center Foundation, where it raised monies to purchase much-needed medical equipment for the South Coast Medical Center hospital. Council Member Tsunoda also served on the Aliso Viejo Little League Board of Directors, which began over 9 years ago, assisting the league in a variety of capacities.
Phillip has been married for over 20 years to his lovely wife Laurie and has two children, Andrew and Courtney. During his free time, he enjoys reading and spending time with his family.
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