JERRY AMANTE is the senior vice president and general counsel in the Orange County office of FSB Core Strategies. His role at the firm includes leading Southern California specific accounts and helping develop new business in the Orange County office.

Mr. Amante brings a wide range of talent and several years of experience to FSB. He served on the Tustin City Council from 2004 through 2012 and served three terms as Mayor and two terms as Mayor Pro Tem in his eight years on the Council. He retired as a Council Member at the end of 2012, having served the maximum two four-year terms. Mr. Amante is widely regarded as one of the most popular and most effective elected officials to have served in Orange County. In addition to his service on the Council, Mr. Amante has a successful law practice, and will serve as general counsel to FSB Core Strategies.

Mr. Amante brings a wealth of contacts in transportation, land use, regional planning, water, and much more.  He is the former chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and served on a number of its committees, including the OCTA’s Executive Committee as chair of the Legislative and Communication Committee; the Finance and Administration Committee, the ARTIC Ad Hoc Committee and the State Route 91 Advisory Committee. Mr. Amante was also a member of the LOSSAN Board of Directors and a member of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Regional Council.  Mr. Amante also served as chair of the Transportation Corridor System Board of Directors and is a past chair of the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) where he served on its Finance and Operations Committee, Federal Procurement Committee, Mobility Committee, Marketing Committee and its Legislative Committee.  He also served as a member of TCA's Joint Ad Hoc Financial Options Committee, made up of members of the Boards of Directors from each of the toll road agencies. Mr. Amante is the past president and member of the Executive Committee of the Association of California Cities-Orange County.  He also served as an alternate to the Orange County Sanitation District.

Mr. Amante has been active in the community in a variety of capacities. He has been a member and Pillar Sponsor of the Tustin Chamber of Commerce and has served on its Government Affairs Council and its Business and Economic Development Council. He is also a past president of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce and the Irvine Public Schools Foundation. He is a proud graduate of the Tustin Citizens Police Academy.  He is a member of, has volunteered for, supported, and/or contributed to many community and civic organizations, including the Tustin Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Committee, the Tustin Boys and Girls Club, the Tustin American Legion, the Tustin Senior Center, the Tustin Public Library, the Tustin Area Historical Society, the Tustin Public Schools Foundation, the Tustin Millennium Exchange Club, the Irvine Exchange Club, the Tustin Community Foundation, the Orange County Lincoln Club, the Orange County Rescue Mission, the Orange County Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, and currently serves as president of the Family Violence Project.

Mr. Amante has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a juris doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law. He is admitted to all California State and Federal Courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is also a licensed real estate broker and owns a law firm that specializes in advocacy, strategy and government relations.  He and his wife, Nancy, have lived in Tustin for 26 years. They have two children, Shawn and Paul, and three grandchildren, Erik, Danica and Karissa.

If I weren’t a public affairs professional… I’d be a radio disc jockey.

On my first day at FSB… I called all my friends to tell them how much fun I was having!

I enjoy working at FSB because… of the outstanding professionals here and the great clients we serve.

When leaving the Orange County office for lunch, my favorite restaurants to be seen at are… Zov’s Bistro and Quinn’s in Old Town Tustin.