Catherine S. Blakespear | Appointed by North County Coastal Area Mayors
Mayor Catherine S. Blakespear was re-elected to her second term as Mayor of the City of Encinitas with 83 percent of the vote in November, 2018.
Mayor Blakespear was first elected to serve on the Encinitas City Council in 2014, and became the City of Encinitas' second directly elected mayor in 2016.
In addition to the Airport Authority Board, she serves on a number of outside boards, including those of regional water and waste water districts. In 2018 she was chosen by her elected peers on the county's largest regional transportation agency, SANDAG, to serve in leadership as vice-chair.
Mayor Blakespear has been a practicing attorney since 2006 and before law school worked as a journalism reporter.
Mayor Blakespear grew up in Encinitas, moved away for college and career reasons, and returned to Encinitas with her husband and two children in 2009.
Graduating from Torrey Pines High School in 1994, she played varsity basketball for four years, earning the MVP award for her last three years. She attended college at Northwestern University in Chicago, earning a bachelors' and masters' degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism. For her first professional job, she was hired as a reporter at the Los Angeles Times' in the Ventura County bureau. Her beat was transportation, which sparked an interest in urban planning that still inspires her today.
Before the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, Mayor Blakespear became a staff reporter with the Associated Press and moved to Utah to work in the AP's Salt Lake City bureau.
After five years in journalism, Mayor Blakespear attended law school and earned a law degree at University of Utah's S.J. Quinney College of Law, graduating in 2006. She served as editor-in-chief of one of the law school's three law journals and subsequently clerked for an appellate judge on the Utah Court of Appeals before joining a law firm as an associate attorney.
Mayor Blakespear, her husband Jeremy and their two children moved back to her hometown of Encinitas in 2009, where she co-founded her own estate planning law firm. Catherine maintains an active California law license but spends the majority of her professional time serving as mayor.
Mayor Blakespear is passionate about our American democracy and all elements of the governmental structure that support equality, liberty, freedom and happiness that Americans enjoy. She also loves to garden and pick fruit, run and play with her family on the beach and in the ocean, follow politics and policy issues, watch musicals and live theatre, read and mountain bike with her husband.
The mayors of the North County coastal cities appointed Mayor Blakespear to the Airport Authority Board in January 2020. She will serve a term ending January 31, 2023.