San Diego City Councilmember Lorie Zapf was reelected in 2014 with the goals of improving the quality of life in San Diego and bringing common-sense solutions to City Hall. She is serving her second term, representing the Beach & Bay Communities of District 2. She serves as Chair of the City Council's Audit Committee where her top priority is cutting waste at the City and delivering better services to San Diegans. She is currently a member of the City’s Public Safety & Livable Neighborhoods and Smart Growth & Land Use Committees.
Councilmember Zapf brings years of business experience to City Hall as the former owner of a successful natural food company that she and her husband grew from an idea to a nationally distributed product. Lorie uses her experience as a small business owner to help bring about common sense reforms and initiatives at City Hall that reduce the burdens of costly government regulations and fees.
An avid outdoor enthusiast, Councilmember Zapf frequently partners with The San Diego River Park Foundation and I Love a Clean Diego in river, canyon, and beach clean-up efforts. (Little known fact: Councilmember Zapf spent a over a year backpacking around the world – from hiking the Himalayas to scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef). Her office has partnered in dozens of community cleanups which, to date, have resulted in the disposal of 87 tons of trash and 15.8 tons of recyclables. She also led the charge to obtain final approval for the San Diego River Park plan, which will create 17.5 miles of new riverfront park.
Councilmember Zapf’s experience as a foster child instilled in her a passion to help disadvantaged children. She has been an active volunteer for non-profit organizations that help abused, neglected and foster youth. When youth age out of foster care, often they have no place to go. She partnered with the San Diego Housing Commission to ensure one of their newest developments downtown--the Hotel Churchill--will set aside units for youth aging out of foster care in perpetuity.
During her career Lorie has worked in radio and television broadcasting as a news reporter, a video producer, public relations manager, and executive director of a non-profit fighting frivolous lawsuits. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Cal State Northridge and a Master’s Degree in Marketing Communication from the University of Denver.
Lorie lives in the Bay Ho area of Clairemont with her husband and two daughters.
City Council District 2