Anthony Kuo was elected to the City Council in 2018, bringing almost eight years of experience as a Planning Commissioner, including four consecutive terms as Chairman. During that time, he also served on the city’s Task Force on Housing Needs for the Developmentally Disabled and the Ad Hoc Committee on Veterans Affordable Housing.
He was selected by his colleagues to serve as Vice Mayor, and previously served as Mayor Pro Tempore. Anthony also represents the City on the boards of the Orange County Sanitation District, the Irvine Barclay Theatre, and the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, as well as the Liaison Committees with our Irvine and Tustin School Boards. He is the Vice Chairman of the Orange County Fire Authority and President of the Irvine Community Land Trust.
Anthony is the first member of the Irvine City Council to have grown up in Irvine. A proud product of Irvine’s public schools, he attended Alderwood Basics Plus, Lakeside Middle School, Woodbridge High School, and University High School. For over 20 years, his family owned and operated Chinatown Restaurant near UCI, remembered fondly by many longtime Irvine residents.
Professionally, Anthony helps direct efforts in the Office of the Orange County Auditor-Controller to expand transparency in government, accountability over public finances, and to increase Taxpayer engagement.
In the community, Anthony serves on the Board of Directors of the Irvine Children’s Fund, as a Trustee for the South Coast Chinese Cultural Association, and on Working Wardrobes’ Community Leader Task Force. He previously served in leadership roles for the Brigham Young University Management Society of Orange County, the Raise Foundation, the Irvine Valley College Foundation, and the Exchange Club of Irvine.
In 2020, Anthony was recognized by Engaging Local Government Leaders, an international professional association, with the Chris Traeger Award, as a top influencer in local government.