Bill Brand

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Bill Brand is an American open water swimmer and surfer who serves as the mayor of Redondo Beach, California.


Brand is currently serving as the 40th Mayor of the City of Redondo Beach, having won in March 2016. He began his public service career in 2009 when he was elected to the Redondo Beach City Council, on a slow growth platform, representing District 2 for a 4 year term. He was successfully re-elected in 2014 for another 4 years. In his eight years as Council Member, he has served as Mayor Pro Tem and represented the City on various boards, commissions, and agencies.

He moved to the South Bay in 1966 where, as an 8-year old boy, he took his first swim in the Seaside Lagoon and thought he had landed in heaven.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach and a Master’s in Business Administration at USC, with a concentration in Finance. He worked as an engineer for Fluor Corporation and became an expert in air quality control equipment for large power plants and oil refineries. American Airlines has been his work base for 49 years, and still counting, where he works as a Crew Chief managing activities on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport.

He became active in Redondo Beach politics in 2001 when the Heart of the City proposal to allow 4,000 condos on the AES site was approved. In 2004, he co-founded the South Bay Parkland Conservancy (SBPC) and served as their first President. The SBPC is still active 14 years later. He also served on the Redondo Beach Growth Management and Traffic Task Force in 2008. As an activist, Bill co-authored Measure DD, which passed overwhelmingly in 2008, requiring a public vote for major up-zonings. After years of grassroots efforts and multiple initiatives, Bill successfully led the effort to stop the re-building/re-powering of the AES power plant. In response to the huge CenterCal project proposed for King Harbor, he helped craft and campaigned for Measure C to ensure a balance between development and quality of life in the City. Measure C passed last March by 58%.

Ocean Swimming Videos

2018 Redondo Beach Open Water Swim highlights

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