- Party: Democratic
- Occupation: County Supervisor
- Former Mayor, City of Palo Alto
- Past President, Palo Alto School Board
- Past President, League of California Cities Peninsula Division and Santa Clara County School Boards' Association
- Co-Chairperson, Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group Housing Leadership Council
- Education: Palo Alto High School; BA, Colorado College; MCP, UC Berkeley; JD, UC Berkeley; MA (International Policy Studies), Stanford University.
- public schools attorney, businessman, and certified city planner