Pegeen Hanrahan is a registered Professional Engineer and Principal of Community and Conservation Solutions, LLC. A native and lifelong resident, she served Gainesville, Florida as its Mayor from 2004-2010, and as a City Commissioner from 1996-2002, leaving office both times as a result of term limits. On six ballots, she has never come in second, and was re-elected with 69% and 73% of the vote.
Pegeen has over 25 years of experience in environmental remediation, public participation, grant writing, land conservation, and local government finance. For over nine years, one of her primary clients has been the Trust for Public Land’s Conservation Finance Program. She is in executive leadership in a statewide citizen’s initiative, Florida’s Water and Land Legacy (FWLL), to provide sustained funding for land and water conservation and ecosystem management, including Everglades Restoration.
Pegeen has a rich history of leadership in her community. She has served as President of the Florida League of Mayors, Chair of the Alachua County Library District, and serves on the boards of Florida State University’s LeRoy Collins Institute, the Mayors’ Innovation Project, ICLEI-USA: Local Governments for Sustainability, The Children’s Movement of Florida, Innovation Gainesville, the Alliance for Renewable Energy, Ruth’s List and Alachua Conservation Trust.
She has also received numerous honors, including being named a “Woman Who Makes a Difference” by the Gateway Girl Scout Council, a “Woman of Distinction” by Santa Fe College, a “Voice for Equality” by Equality Florida, a “Women in Conservation” award winner by Florida Audubon, and three times being named “The Female Democratic Elected Official of the Year” by the Alachua County Democratic Executive Committee.
Pegeen received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Environmental Engineering, as well as a BA in Sociology, from the University of Florida. She is married to Tony Malone, a civil engineer with CH2MHill, and the couple has two children.