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Who I Am

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About Rob

I am honored and humbled to serve as the newest Los Gatos Town Councilmember. I grew up in Los Gatos and have spent most of my life here. Like anyone who has spent much time in Los Gatos, I love this community. I love our connection to nature, our vibrant downtown, our exceptional schools, and our strong neighborhood communities.

 

But I also recognize that our town is not perfect. We face serious issues in the years ahead that must be addressed with care and responsibility. From housing affordability to traffic and transit to economic uncertainty, there is work to be done. I am grateful and eager to engage with all Los Gatans to accomplish the hard work of strengthening our community.

Community Experience: 

  • Los Gatos Policy Committee, Chair 

  • West Valley Sanitation District Board; Board Director 

  • Los Gatos Housing Element Advisory Board; Board Member 

  • Silicon Valley Clean Energy Board; Alternate Director

  • League of California Cities Community Services Committee; Member

  • Kyle J. Taylor Foundation; Board Member 

  • Santa Clara County Commission on Equal Access and Employment Opportunity; Chair

  • Los Gatos CERT (Community Emergency Response Team);  Team Member

  • California Democratic Party; Delegate

  • Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce; Board Member (Former)

  • Los Gatos Complete Streets and Transportation Commission; Commissioner (Former)

  • Cal Poly Philanthropic Foundation; Board Member (Former)

  • Union Middle School; Wrestling Coach (Former)

 

Professional Experience: 

I bring with me a variety of professional experiences, ranging widely in scope. As a Councilmember, I’m working to leverage my relationships with our state and federal partners to secure funding and support for Los Gatos. Unbeknownst to many, serving as a Councilmember is largely a volunteer position. If I had the means I would be a full-time Councilmember I absolutely would, but I work full-time in order to pay rent.

  • San José Conservation Corps (current): I am the Special Projects Manager at a local environmental nonprofit focused on providing well-paying jobs to underserved youth in San Jose. I manage our tiny homes program, oversee our government relations, and secure future funding.

  • Non-profit experience: I previously managed an 80-resident homeless shelter at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds during the height of the pandemic. Prior to that, I oversaw a 30-person California Climate Action Corps program that reduced food waste and processed e-waste and compost. I also spent time with the United Nations Foundation working on vaccine advocacy.

  • Legislative Offices: I worked in the district and capital offices for our Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Assemblymember Evan Low, and State Senator Bob Wieckowski.

  • Other: I worked as a substitute teacher at local public schools, which I greatly value. I also worked on many campaigns, including leading a ballot measure to ban fracking in SLO County.

Education: 

Having grown up in Los Gatos, I attended local public schools. As a younger Councilmember, I value this experience and am privileged to have this background for my service. I grew up in East Los Gatos and attended:

  • Noddin Elementary

  • Union Middle School

  • Leigh High School (go Longhorns!)

I went on to attend Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and earned my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Magna Cum Laude) with an emphasis in Public Service and Urban Planning.

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