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I was born and raised on a family farm in rural Illinois where I learned the values of hard work, responsibility, community, and environmental protection at an early age. I attended local public schools and caught the bug for public service after being selected to serve as one of a few dozen Pages for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC. I then moved to the Bay Area to attend Stanford University and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science, secondary major in International Relations, and a minor in Economics.

I have broad work experience that spans private and public sectors. After working during college to help pay my way through Stanford, I rotated through several assignments at the U.S. State Department in Germany. I then joined AT&T's Leadership Development Program in which I managed union and non-union employees, developed long and short-term corporate strategy, and led several regional community service initiatives. 

I was first elected to the Mountain View City Council in 2012 at age 29, making me the youngest and first LGBT elected official in the city's history. I was elected vice mayor by the council soon after taking office in January 2013 and subsequently elected mayor in January 2014 as one of the one of the youngest mayors in the US. I was re-elected in 2016 to serve a second term.

As Chair of the Council’s Environmental Sustainability Committee, I championed environmental protection and restoration. I’ve also led efforts to build more affordable housing, raise the minimum wage, and make our community and region more inclusive.

I am frequently described as a consensus builder who solves tough challenges by bringing people together to achieve common goals such as shared prosperity and ensuring our diversity remains our greatest strength.

I will strive to represent you while sharing my experience, leadership, innovative ideas, and commitment to public service in an effort to formulate and adopt forward-thinking policies and platforms for the California Democratic Party. I humbly and respectfully request your vote to serve as a delegate to the DSCC.


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We will bring together our diverse backgrounds for meaningful representation of the district and deliver thoughtful solutions.

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