Councilmember Ali Sajjad Taj has served on the Artesia City Council since December 2013 and served as Mayor from December 12, 2016 - December 11, 2017.
Councilmember Taj has focused his energy and time on improving day-to-day quality of life issues for all Artesia residents. He has supported improved lighting, street quality and traffic safety, while being an advocate for bringing new businesses to the City both to generate revenue for City services and to provide new amenities for residents.
Councilmember Taj possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science and a postgraduate degree of Master in Public Administration.
Councilmember Taj has been in the financial services industry for the last 15 years. During his career he has held several key leadership positions including District Manager, Regional Manager, Managing Principal, and Vice President with multinational firms like American Express, Ameriprise Financial, Weddell & Reed and T.D. Ameritrade.
Councilmember Taj currently serves on several of the City of Artesia's internal committees, as well as representing the City as a member of several regional Boards and Committees.
• He chairs the Membership Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for the California Contract Cities Association.
• He is a member of the Board of Directors of the League of California Cities.
And he serves on the Public Safety Policy Committee of the League of California Cities.
• He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Eco-Rapid Transit Orange Line Development Authority of Los Angeles County, and serves the Executive Committee in the capacity of Internal Auditor.
• He is a member of the Board of Directors of the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority.
• He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus of the League of California Cities, serving as a Director at Large.
Councilmember Taj remains humble about his accomplishments. He maintains that it’s important to keep the right perspective, something he’s strived to instill in his son. He often reminds him, as well as his colleagues, of a story from one of his favorite books, The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective. The author says that life is a lot like a game of Monopoly: you may own Boardwalk and Park Place with two hotels but, when the game is over, all those pieces are going back in the box.