Larry Agran graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Berkeley in 1966, majoring in history and economics. In 1969, he graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, where he specialized in public interest law.
Larry has served as Legal Counsel to California State Senate Committee on Health and Welfare. He has taught legislation and public policy at the UCLA School of Law and the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine.
Larry Agran first served on the Irvine City Council from 1978 to 1990, including six years as Mayor. Under his leadership, Irvine received national recognition for its pioneering programs in child care, affordable housing, recycling, and open space preservation.
As a highly respected public interest attorney and public policy expert, Larry founded and led several non-profit organizations: the Local Elected Officials Project, the Center for Innovative Diplomacy, and CityVote. As the founder and volunteer chair of Project ’99 from 1994 to 1999, Larry was especially active in establishing the Orange County Great Park at the former Marine Corps Base at El Toro.
Larry Agran returned to service on the Irvine City Council on November 3, 1998. He was elected Mayor of Irvine in November 2000. After completing two consecutive terms as Mayor, he was elected to two consecutive terms as an Irvine City Councilmember, serving until 2014. Following a six-year hiatus, Irvine voters returned Larry Agran to the City Council in November 2020. He was re-elected to the Irvine City Council in 2022. His current term ends in 2026.
Larry is the Vice Chairman of the Great Park Corporation, which oversees a 1,300-acre municipal park owned by the City of Irvine. The Great Park Corporation is the entity designated by the Irvine City Council to help bring about the design, construction, and operation of the Great Park – America’s first great metropolitan park of the 21st century. He also represents the City of Irvine on the Irvine Community Land Trust and the Irvine Barclay Theatre boards.
Larry Agran resides in Irvine with his wife, Phyllis, a pediatrician. Larry and Phyllis have a son, Ken, married to daughter-in-law Kerrie Mahan, and two grandchildren – Morgan Elizabeth Agran and Benjamin Sawyer Agran.