City of Imperial Beach - City Council

  • Phone: (619) 423-8300
  • Website:
  • Address: 825 Imperial Beach Blvd., Imperial Beach, CA 91932


Ed and Leah's wedding with three of their six grandchildren

“It has been an honor to serve as your Councilmember. My wife, Leah, and I love being a part of this amazing community. I pledge to continue to do my best to keep the City of Imperial Beach moving in the right direction.”  ~ Ed Spriggs


Ed Spriggs grew up in San Diego. He received his BA in Economics from UC San Diego. His first job was with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where he worked in community development helping to bring new funding into needy communities for quality housing, parks and open space, and small businesses.

Ed continued his work helping people and communities while attending New York University law school, where he spent a summer helping rural families in Alabama protect their land and homes from being taken, sometimes illegally, by developers. After receiving his law degree he worked in a leading DC law firm mainly on business, regulatory and international matters while doing pro bono work for individual clients.

He then joined the Foreign Service with the U.S. Agency for International Development, serving in several overseas posts as a regional legal advisor, in Washington as an Assistant General Counsel, and later in assignments as Director of USAID missions in two countries. In these assignments, Ed helped improve and simplify the administration of government programs abroad while bringing needed help in education, environmental, democracy and business development programs to millions of people.

Ed returned to San Diego in 2001 to take a senior position as Associate Vice Chancellor at his alma mater, UCSD. He served in this role as the chief operating and financial officer for the division of student affairs, overseeing a budget of $80 million and approximately 2000 full and part time employees. Ed also ran the student affairs capital improvements program and budget and contributed directly to the development of many campus facilities and the creation of UCSD’s campus “downtown.” He retired from the University in June 2014 to devote his full efforts to the Imperial Beach community.

Between them, Ed and his wife, Leah, have six children and six grandchildren. Ed enjoys bodysurfing, walking the IB trails and beaches, and working with IB residents on how to improve our community.