Jenny McAdams Biography butterfly

Term Expires: November 2022
Council Position: Mayor Pro Tem

My civic leadership experience is:
Pacific Grove Council Member (2018 - present)

Accomplishments since 2018 are:
  • Brought forth the Be SMART Educational Campaign on Responsible Firearm Storage.
  • Brought forth a trash and litter agenda item which resulted in an increase in receptacles and city trash pick up during COVID-19.
  • Advocated for and coordinated Pride Flags being displayed at City buildings for the month of June.
  • Raised money for and coordinated downtown banners honoring Pacific Grove High School Seniors, class of 2020.
  • Raised money for and coordinated downtown banners and posters regarding COVID-19 safety protocols for Pacific Grove small businesses.
  • Brought forth an urgency ordinance for eviction protections and rental rate limits. (Even though this did not pass, it brought a needed awareness for renters during the pandemic.)
  • Successfully advocated for an allocation of CARES Act funding to go toward a renter’s assistance and small business grant program.
  • Served on the Public Safety Sub-Committee which resulted in the first public Town Hall ever in Pacific Grove with lots of meaningful dialogue.
  • Brought forth and successfully strengthened the short term rental ordinance by prohibiting the advertisement of unlicensed short term rentals.
  • Brought forth the Pacific Grove Equity and Empowerment Initiative. 
  • Represent Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula Regional Housing Coalition.
I’ve served on the following Boards and Committees:
  • Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (2018 - present)
  • Economic Development Commission Liaison (2018 - present)
  • Monterey County Business Council City Liaison (2020 - present)
  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Board Alternate (2020 - present)
  • Pacific Grove High School Site Council (2020 - present)
  • Environmental Quality Policy Committee- League of California Cities (2021 - present)
  • Community Services Policy Committee- League of California Cities (2020)
  • Monterey Bay Community Power Board (2018 - 2020)
  • Central Coast Energy Services (2021 - present)
Born and raised in Pacific Grove and mother to three amazing children, I work full time for Monterey County Supervisor Askew. I am passionate about Pacific Grove and love our community.


I will work to preserve Pacific Grove’s values.
  1. Create policy and culture for a welcoming community that feels like "your hometown."
  2. Balance the needs of people and our natural environment.
  3. Engage my neighbors in open dialogue to achieve our shared goals.
Guiding Principles I bring to my office are:
  • Social equity and equal opportunity
  • Accountable governance 
  • Transparency
Favorite quote:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead


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