Barbara Messina


Biographical Information:

Elected to Council: November 1986; re-elected in November 2006 and automatically re-elected in November 2010 and 2014

Years in Alhambra: Since 1958 


  • ‍East Los Angeles College (ELAC);Completed Masters in Governance Program
  • Sacred Heart High School, Los Angeles 

Special Honors:

  • Knights of Columbus Bicentennial Fellowship Award for outstanding community service (1976)
  • Alhambra Chamber of Commerce - Past Presidents' Award for "Outstanding Contributions to the Community" (1999)
  • Woman of Distinction Award from Family Counseling Services (1977)
  • Heart of the Community Award from the YMCA of the West San Gabriel Valley for "Community Service" (2014) 

Current City Council Appointments:

  • League of California Cities, Los Angeles, Alternate Representative
  • San Gabriel Council of Governments (SGVCOG), Governing Board Representative
  • Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), Representative
  • City Selection Committee: Alternate Representative 

Other Civic Involvement:

  • Current voting delegate to the League of California Cities
  • Vice Chair, SCAG Transportation Committee (June 2014)
  • President of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Government (SGVCOG) - 2012
  • Member, San Gabriel Valley Council of Government (SGVCOG) - 1994-1998; 2006-Present
  • Mayor of the City of Alhambra (1989, 1993, 1997, 2008, 2012-2013, 2016)
  • Member, Alhambra Redevelopment Agency (1987-1998; 2006-2011)
  • Regional Council Board Member, Southern California Association of Governments
  • Member, SCAG representing Alhambra, Monterey Park & Montebello (1994-1998; 2006-Present)
  • Chair, SCAG - Community, Economic & Human Development Committee (March 1992 to June 1996)
  • Member, San Gabriel Valley Transportation Committee (1994-1998; 2006-Present)
  • President, Independent Cities Association (ICA), representing 49 member cities (1995-1996)
  • Board Member, Alhambra Unified School District (1998, 2000, 2004, 2006); Served as Board President (2002-2003) 

Community Involvement:

  • Member, YMCA Board of Directors (1983-Present)
  • Board Member, Alhambra Educational Foundation
  • Lector, All Souls Church (1975-Present)
  • President, Alhambra Soroptimist Club (2004) 

Marital Status: 

  • Married to Michael Messina (53 years) with three daughters and eight grandchildren, all of whom live in the area and are also active in the Alhambra community 

Greatest Source of Pride: 

  • ‍Outside of her family - to help others