Signatory Bios - Notice of Intention

50 Santa Clara County Leaders Sign Notice of Intent to Begin Official Launch of the Recall Persky Campaign

1. Magdalena Carrasco (San Jose), San Jose City Vice Mayor. Magdalena Carrasco served as a Family and Child Advocate with First 5 Santa Clara and spent ten-years working for the Santa Clara County Department of Family and Children Services before she was elected to the East Side Union High School District in 2012. She joined the San Jose City Council for District 5 in 2014, and currently she serves as the San Jose City Vice Mayor.

2. Raul Peralez (San Jose), San Jose City Councilmember, District 3. Newly elected representative for Council District 3, Raul Peralez left his career with the San Jose Police Department, becoming the first active duty officer in the history of San José to be elected into public office. Raul is also a substitute high school and alternative education teacher, working with students in the juvenile justice system; a long-time volunteer with Big Brothers-Big Sisters of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley FACES Camp Everytown; and a mentor for homeless youth with Stand Up For Kids Silicon Valley.

3. Michele Dauber (Palo Alto), Frederick I. Richman Professor of Law, Stanford Law School. Professor Dauber is the Chair of the Recall Campaign. She has been on the Stanford faculty for 16 years.Prior to joining the Stanford faculty in 2001, Professor Dauber was a clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1998-99) and a doctoral fellow at the American Bar Foundation (1999-2001). From 2011-13, Professor Dauber co-chaired the Board on Judicial Affairs and helped to lead the process that revised Stanford’s policy on sexual assault. She is a nationally-respected advocate for improving college and university policies on sexual assault in order to increase compliance with Title IX.

4. Jennie Richardson (San Jose), Women’s March Bay Area Board of Director. Jennie Richardson is a PhD candidate in Biomolecular Engineering at UC Santa Cruz. She was a co-organizer of the Bay Area Women’s March.

5. Shanta Franco-Clausen (San Jose), Member, Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women. Shanta currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Crime and Violence Committee for the Commission on the Status of Women, championing the fight against the many different violations on women. She sits on the CSW “Strong Girls, Strong Women” Conference Committee, offering networking, leadership, discussion panels, and more for High School girls, and is the Founder and President of PLAYNICE Non-Profit Organization, teaching the importance of acceptance, tolerance and guidance to build stronger communities.

6. Teresa Fiss (San Jose), CADEM Delegate District 28 2017-19. Teresa Fiss is a full-time stay-at-home mother of two who has lived in San Jose with her family for over 20 years. She was formerly a Health Educator for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, workingin various settings, including schools, juvenile hall, and group homes. She currently volunteers in her children’s school, and in the community as a coach (then Head Coach) for Girls On The Run for the past 2 years.

7. Suzanne E. Doty (Campbell), Member, Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women. Suzanne Doty is a longtime women’s rights advocate. She is a former Chair of the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women, former President of the Association of California, and a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Commissions for Women. She also serves as a Finance Chair for the San Jose Chapter of the AAUW.

8. Jennifer Bricoe (San Jose), Member, Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women. Briscoe is a Program Manager at The Bill Wilson Center for the Youth & Family Mental Health Division in San José and was formerly Ja Program Manager at the Health Trust. She has been employed with non-profits organizations in the Bay Area and south bay for 20 years which included Head Start programs in Fremont and Oakland. She has held management positions vital to the success of at-risk children. At the Oakland Head Start program, she successfully implemented on-site flu clinics for pre-school children, which was the first of its kind on the west coast and the third in the nation.

9. Yan Zhao (Saratoga), Member, Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women.Zhao is a former planning commissioner for the City of Saratoga, and currently serves on the Saratoga Cemetery District Board of Trustees. She has a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley. She has worked in the semiconductor industry for over 20 years.

10. Gary Kremen (Palo Alto), Member, Santa Clara Valley Water District Board District 7. Gary was the incubator, founding investor, and Chairman of the county's leading water conservation company, WaterSmart Software, and was elected as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Santa Clara Valley Water District in 2015. Gary has also served as President of the Board of Directors of Purissima Hill Water District and as the Secretary of the Water Conservation Committee for Los Altos Hills. He is a member of the Proposition 39, California Clean Energy Jobs Act Citizen's Oversight Board, appointed by California State Controller John Chiang.

11. Mark A. Lemley (Los Altos), William H. Neukom Professor at Stanford Law School. Mark Lemley is the William H. Neukom Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and the Director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology. He teaches intellectual property, computer and internet law, patent law, trademark law, antitrust, and remedies. Mark is a founding partner of Durie Tangri LLP.  Mark is a co-founder of Lex Machina, Inc., a startup company providing data and analytics around IP disputes to law firms, companies, courts, and policymakers.

12. Rose Anne Hagan (Los Altos). Rose Hagan is a glass artist who lives and works in Silicon Valley. Her work is exhibited in galleries and private collections around the world.

13. Patrick J. Burt (Palo Alto), former two-time Mayor of Palo Alto. Patrick J. Burt served on the City Council of Palo Alto from 2007 to 2016. During this time, he served as Mayor twice and championed sustainability and strong environmental policies. He also worked for the California Environmental Protection Agency and served as the CEOs of TheraDep Technologies and Acteron Corporation.

14. Sarah Elizabeth [Sally] Bemus (Palo Alto) is a long-time community volunteer for teen wellness and school improvement. She is a mother of two and was a member of Project Safety Net following the epidemic of teen suicide in Palo Alto, California from 2009-present.

15. Cory P. Wolbach (Palo Alto) Council Member, Palo Alto City Council. Wolbach was elected to the City Council in 2014 and is the Chair of the Policies and Services Committee. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from UCSD.

16. Grace H. Mah (Palo Alto), Board Member, Santa Clara County Office of Education. Grace H. Mah has served on the County Board of Education cx since 2007. Her previous committee work includes the Head Start Policy Council and Policy Development Subcommittee. She is a board member of Stevenson House, a low-income senior housing program in Palo Alto and also volunteers as a MOUSE Squad Leader at Crittenden Middle School in Mountain View. Grace has 18 years of experience in the high-tech industry, including project management and sales experience. She has a B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science from the California Institute of Technology, and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley. Grace and her husband, Don Chin, and their two sons live in Palo Alto.

17. Jill Asher (Palo Alto), Founder, Magical Bridge Foundation. Jill firmly believes we ALL deserve a place to play. Respected and recognized as a seasoned public relations and digital/social media executive, Jill was responsible for media relations and community engagement during the fundraising and building of Palo Alto’s Magical Bridge Playground, which is a fully-accessible and inclusive playground. The project was so successful that more Magical Bridge Playgrounds are currently under development around Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Jill is a founder of the Magical Bridge Foundation, overseeing fundraising, public relations, social media, blog/influencer content, and community engagement. Jill brings a wealth of knowledge and connections to Magical Bridge Foundation after spending the past 18 years working with early stage startups in Silicon Valley, specifically focused on mobile, edtech and consumer products geared towards parents.

18. Stacy Mason (Palo Alto), Executive Director, Women Count. Mason is an experienced and successful Democratic fundraiser and is a founder of WomenCount, a non-profit progressive political organization that gives women of all generations and backgrounds from around the United States a powerful voice in the political process. Women Count is a digital online crowdfunding platform that enables political fundraising. Mason is a former journalist, having served as the  editor-in-chief of Roll Call, and formerly was with The Economist in London researching and launching new publishing ventures as part of the Development team. She lives in Palo Alto, Calif., with her husband and three children.

19. Christy A. Holloway (Stanford), Member, Board of Directors, Peninsula Open Space Trust. Holloway current serves on the Board of Directors at Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), an organization dedicated to protecting and caring for open space, farms and parkland in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties. She is the former Executive Director of Hidden Villa, a non-profit, organic farm in Los Altos that provides summer camp opportunities for children of diverse backgrounds.

20. Priscilla Gay [Sunny] Scott (Stanford). A local environmental, women’s rights, and reproductive choice activist and advocate, Sunny Scott is the daughter of Rear Admiral Donald Gay, Jr.

21. Stefania Pomponi (Palo Alto). Stefania is the Founder, President, and Chief Evangelist of CLEVER, an award-winning influencer marketing agency. Stefania co-founded CLEVER in 2009 because she is passionate about how content creation via compelling storytelling can achieve business goals. For the last 15 years, Stefania has been shaping the influencer marketing industry working for and with Fortune 100 companies hiring quite literally thousands of influencers and championing their rights to be paid for their influential work. She is a pioneer in the world of influencer marketing, best exemplified by the viral #Batkid phenomenon spearheaded by CLEVER.

22. Jillian McNerney (Palo Alto) Co-Founder, Electing Women Silicon Valley & Director of Operations, StackRox. Jillian is currently the Director of Operations at the up and coming startup, StackRox, and the Co-Founder of Electing Women Silicon Valley, a political organization that is committed to advancing women’s causes on local, national, and international levels.

23. Sophia Yen (Los Altos), M.D., MPH, Clinical Associate Professor Stanford University School of Medicine, Pediatrics and Founder, Pandia Health. Dr. Sophia Yen is a clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Stanford Medical School. She graduated from MIT, UCSF Medical School, and UC Berkeley with a MPH in Maternal Child Health. Dr. Yen co-founded Pandia Health, a digital platform that provides birth control delivery that allows women greater access and control of their reproductive healthcare choices. She is the founder of the Trust Women Silver Ribbon Campaign and has been featured in many publications for her work in reproductive health and as CEO of Pandia Health.

24. Steve Ko (Los Altos), Senior Software Engineer at Apple Computer, Inc. Ko graduated from MIT with a B.S. in computer science and engineering. He currently works as an engineer for Apple and is married to Dr. Sophia Yen.

25. Michele Kirsch (Los Altos Hills) Co-Founder, The Steven and Michele Kirsch Foundation Michele Kirsch and her husband Steve are philanthropists who are blazing a new trail for charitable giving and political advocacy throughout the high-tech community, particularly Silicon Valley. Michele Kirsch is a graduate of Mills College in Oakland, California, and earned a JD from Santa Clara University. Prior to starting a family, she was a commercial real estate broker in San Francisco. While equally committed to strategic philanthropy, she prefers a low-key approach, acting as a volunteer, Board member, community leader and fundraiser for selected political campaigns and charities.

26. Todd Collins (Palo Alto), Board Member, Palo Alto Unified School District. Prior to serving as a Palo Alto Unified School District Board Member, Collins accrued 25+ years of experience working in technology, management consulting, and growth investing. After moving to Palo Alto in 2004, he got involved in PTA leadership, serving several years on the PTA executive boards at Terman and Gunn and 6 years on the 2008 School Bond Citizens Oversight Committee. Collins is married to Elisabeth Einaudi and has three children.

27. Elisabeth M. Einaudi (Palo Alto). Einaudi is a working mother of three. In addition to her job, Elisabeth is an engaged community volunteer and has been Vice President of Governance, Palo Alto Partners in Education. She is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Harvard University, where she was President of the Radcliffe Union of Students and led an activist push for Harvard to address sexual harassment and adopt a policy to enable student reporting of complaints of sexual harassment and assault on campus.

28. Alexandra Acker Lyons (Palo Alto), President & Founder, AL Advising. Over the past 15 years, Alexandra Acker-Lyons has worked for candidates and campaigns, party committees, and progressive organizations, with an emphasis on youth politics. Alexandra is the President and Founder of AL Advising, a philanthropic and non-profit consulting firm, whose clients include Electing Women Silicon Valley, NextGen Climate, and Project New America. She is a recognized political commentator and also travels internationally as a trainer for the National Democratic Institute. Alexandra is also the author of The Political Ladder: Insider Tips on Getting a Job in Politics, published in 2012.

29. Jonathan Lyons (Palo Alto), Director of Business Development, TigerText. Lyons is the Director of Business Development at TigerText, healthcare’s largest provider of clinical communication solutions.

30. Jennifer Higgins Bradanini (San Jose), President, Bay Area Women’s March, Lead Organizer of San Jose Women’s March. Jennifer Higgins Bradanini is a San Jose resident who served as the president of the Bay Area Women's March this past year and has been a champion for women’s rights here in the Bay Area.

31. Lisa Liddle (Los Gatos), Co-chair for the Palo Alto Rally and Walk for Equality.

32. Elisa Camahort Page (San Jose) Co-founder of BlogHer. Elisa Camahort Page is the co-founder of BlogHer. One of Elisa’s major focuses is to bring the story of BlogHer and the influence of the women in its community, to life via research, helping BlogHer’s customers glean critical insights about how women connect, share and behave online and off. Elisa has been named among the most influential women in Web 2.0 and technology by Fast Company, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalist, and among the seven most powerful people in new media by Forbes Magazine.

33. Amado M. Padilla (Stanford) Stanford Professor of Education and former Palo Alto Unified School District Board Member. Amado M. Padilla is a professor of psychology at the Stanford School of Education. He is the author of approximately 180 journal articles and book chapters. He has received a number of honors including a Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Education Research Association, the Paul Pimsleur Award for Research in Foreign Language Education from the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages, Distinguished Contribution Through Research Award from Division 45 of the American Psychological Association, Lifetime Achievement Award also from Division 45 of the APA, and the 6th Annual Latino Behavioral Health Institute Award for Leadership, Innovation, and Dedication to the Advancement of Latino Behavioral Health Research.

34. Linda C. Cork (Palo Alto)  Stanford Professor of Comparative Medicine (Emerita). Linda C. Cork is a Stanford Professor of Comparative Medicine (Emerita) who served as the chair of the Stanford University School of Medicine, Comparative Medicine from 1994 to 2009. She was elected a Member of the National Academy of Medicine (1988) and has served on advisory committees for the National Institutes of Health and the National Academies of Science. She was elected President of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (1996) after having served on its Council (1989-1992); she received the College’s highest honor, “Distinguished Member” (2002). Before coming to Stanford in 1994, she was a Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

35. Rich Tran (Milpitas) Mayor of Milpitas. Richard Tran was recently elected to serve the City of Milpitas as Mayor and continues to serve our country as a United States Airman with the Air National Guard, 129th Rescue Wing, Logistics Readiness Squadron at Moffett Federal Airfield. As the son of a single mother, Richard recognized early on the importance of being raised by a “village.” His leadership in community building started in college as a camp counselor for Silicon Valley Faces “Camp Everytown,” a four-day diversity immersion program for Milpitas High students.

36. Robert Livengood (Milpitas) Former two-time Mayor of Milpitas. Livengood served as an elected official in Milpitas for over 30 years, and was first elected at age 18 to the City Council. Livengood is also a former police officer with over 30 years of experience in law enforcement in Santa Clara County.

37. Celeste Walker (Campbell) Chair, Campbell Dept. of Parks and Recreation and CADEM Delegate District 28 and Chair, Orchard City Indivisible. Celeste Walker founded a bean to bar chocolate company, Snake & Butterfly, in 2007 and remains owner to this day. She is chair of Campbell Parks & Rec Commission, AD 28 Delegate to the California Democratic Party, and founder and co-chair of Orchard City Indivisible. She is also a wife and mother to three children.

38. Kenneth Dauber (Palo Alto), Vice President, Palo Alto Unified School District Board. Dauber is a Google engineer and manager. He was first elected to the School Board in 2014 by a broad-based coalition of grassroots supporters. Dauber became active in local politics in the wake of the youth suicide cluster of 2009. An educational data expert, he formerly consulted for Ed-Trust West and the Obama Administration on issues of school equity and closing the achievement gap.

39. Kavita Tankha (Los Altos Hills), Planning Commissioner of the City of Los Altos Hills  Kavita Tankha left a lucrative career in law to dedicate herself to social, political and economic equality for women. She works with local high school girls and exposes them to teenage girls in developing countries and is active with a healthcare project to improve sanitary standards in India and much of the developing world. As a member of Girls Learn International, she is working with a manufacturer of feminine hygiene projects in India to make these supplies available to other parts of the developing world.

40. Jennifer DiBrienza (Palo Alto), Palo Alto Unified School District Board Member. Jennifer DiBrienza serves as a Board Member for the Palo Alto Unified School District. She was a teacher and staff developer for grades K-8 for nearly a decade before becoming an education consultant. She has a Ph.D. in education from Stanford and has served on the Ohlone Elementary School PTA executive board as vice president of parent education and on the school’s site council. She is currently a community member of the district’s 2016-17 Mathematics Pilot and Adoption Committee, which is tasked with reviewing possible new math curriculum.

41. Frances Herbert (San Jose) Vice President, Santa Clara County Democratic Activists for Women Now (DAWN). Herbert is currently Chief of Staff for San Jose Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco, and was formerly Chief of Staff for Santa Cruz County. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from San Jose State University.

42. Jesse Dorogusker (Palo Alto) Vice President, Square. Jesse Dorogusker leads hardware product development at Square, including design, cross-functional engineering, manufacturing, and operations. Prior to Square, Jesse was the Director of Engineering for Apple's iPhone, iPad, and iPod Accessories business.

43. Gina Dalma (Palo Alto) Special Advisor to the CEO and Vice President of Government Relations of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Gina Dalma is responsible for leading SVCF’s ongoing lobbying efforts in Sacramento Washington, D.C., which are currently centered around education, affordable housing, immigration and economic security. Prior to joining SVCF, Gina was director of innovation at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. Before moving to the United States, Gina held several positions related to urban economic development and regulatory economics in the federal and state public sector in Mexico.

44. Gabriel Manjarrez (Palo Alto) Co-founder and CEO of MiMoni/Lumbrera, and co-founder of Finestrella. MiMoni is the largest online short-term consumer lender to the unbanked in Latin America. Manjarrez’s prior company, Finestrella acts as an intermediary between cell phone service providers and the unbanked, offering post-paid cell phone plans to people who otherwise would not have access because they lack a credit card. Finestrella is the top US-based VC backed Mexican company in history, after receiving funding from top firms like Bay Partners, IGNIA, and the Omidyar Fund. Manjarrez is a 1995 Graduate of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

45. Dr. Allan Seid (Palo Alto) Co-founder of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), AACI was founded in the summer of 1973 as an all-volunteer group designed to get Asian Americans onto governmental bodies, fight employment discrimination, and encourage positive media portrayals. In addition to his work with AACI, he served on the California state boards of education and mental health, becoming the first Asian American member of the California State Board of Education.

46. Mary Chan Seid (Palo Alto) Co-founder of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) Mary Chan Seid co-founded Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) with her husband, Dr. Allan Seid, and served as its Director of Administrative Services throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. She also led the organization’s 1990 effort to establish a safe house for victims of domestic violence, which is still in place today, after hearing from many Asian women about the pressing issue of domestic violence. She was also on the Midpeninsula YWCA Palo Alto's board for 12 years and was a founding member of the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council, which was formalized in 1993.

47. Paulette Varghese Altmeier (Cupertino)  Paulette Varghese Altmeier is a former tech executive. She currently sits on the Advisory Boards of Oust Labs, MatreComm, Pragya Systems, Lea(R)n, and Illuminate Ventures, and is on the Board of Directors of Learning Equality and the Concord Consortium. Paulette is former Vice President and General Manager at Dell, former Vice President and General Manager of Cisco, and former Head of Education and International Partnerships at Khan Academy.

48. Viera Whye (San Jose) Artistic Director of Tabia African American Theater Ensemble. Whye is one of the co-founders and the Producing Artistic Director for Tabia African American Theatre Ensemble in San Jose, CA since its inception in 1987.  She has been an active member of the San Jose community over twenty-seven years (since relocating here from Balt., MD in 1979). She is also the President of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. Whye is currently a program manager at Intel, managing strategic and tactical programs for IT communications, publications and messaging . She was selected as one of the Women of Color in Technology "Who Make A Difference" by US Black Engineer Magazine in December 2000. Viera is co-chair for "First Voice" (an advocacy group for Artists of Color), and member of the focus group for First Act.

49. Adolpha Cole (San Jose), writer and comedian. Cole is a comedian, writer, and production coordinator and manager and an activist on issues affecting women of color.

50. Meghan Warner (Mountain View). Warner is a PhD student in Sociology at Stanford. She is a sexual assault survivor and a 2015 graduate of UC Berkeley (Sociology) where she led a student movement for reform in the way UC handles sexual assault complaint investigations, particularly in Greek life. She filed a federal complaint against UC Berkeley and later was named Director of UC Berkeley’s Sexual Assault Commission. In 2015 Glamour Magazine named her a College Woman of the Year. She is one of the leaders of the Recall Campaign Research Team.

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