Nancy K. O'Brien

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Nancy O'Brien
Nancy O'Brien in May 2012

Term Start 1976
Term End 1978
Preceded by Charles Barbour
Succeeded by Laurence Brunton

Term Start 1976

Biographical Information

Spouse Francis Fife

Nancy O'Brien was the first woman to serve as mayor of Charlottesville, from 1976-1978,[1] and is still active in Democratic politics.[2]

City councilship

One reason O'Brien got involved in local politics was to oppose a new road plan that consisted of the Meadowcreek Parkway and the Greenbrier Parkway. She remains opposed to the former, and happy the latter never got built.

Like former Mayor David Brown, O'Brien was selected to lead Council beginning with her first term.

Though she was not on City Council when the decision was made to create the downtown mall, one of O'Brien's first official duties was to receive the last brick.

Other political activities

O'Brien served on Citizens for a United Community.[3]

O'Brien served for 17 years as the Executive Director of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, and also as a member of the Planning Commission. Nancy currently[when?] serves on the Department of Housing Authority and Community Development Board and the Virginia Housing Development Authority Board. She is also the chair of the Advisory Committee for the Virginia Community Capital Bank.[2]

O'Brien founded the Leadership Legacy PAC to assist area women run for state and local office.[2]

O'Brien also serves on Virginia's Board of Housing and Urban Development.[citation needed]


O'Brien moved to the area in the late 1960s. O'Brien is married to fellow former mayor Francis Fife.[1]

External links

Interview Charlottesville--Right Now!, WINA via Charlottesville Podcasting Network , January 15, 2008


  1. 1.0 1.1 'Mayorsville: Here, everybody's a mayor', 10 Aug. 2006. Lisa Provence. The Hook. 2 May 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Profile, Democratic Party of Virginia, retrieved 18 Jul 2009.
  3. Charlottesville City Council Minutes. 7 Apr. 2003. City of Charlottesville, Virginia. 24 Mar. 2009 <>.