Since  2002, I have been active in improving our community.  I’ve served Sunnyvale for more than 20 years, and I pledge to keep working for everyone in Sunnyvale.

I was first elected to Sunnyvale Council in August of 2016 and then re-elected in November of 2016. In January of 2019, I was selected as Sunnyvale’s Mayor by my fellow Councilmembers.  And in November of 2020, I became Sunnyvale first directly-elected Mayor by our residents.  I appreciate the privilege of serving as mayor for our fine city. 

I have been the voice of the people. Since 2016, I have been accessible with my weekly office hours, where I answer resident questions, collaborate to resolve concerns, assist them to get more involved and encourage new efforts and ideas.  THANK YOU for your continued support and working to create and refine our vision for a better Sunnyvale.

I originally moved to Sunnyvale in 1989 after college, and I immediately knew where I would settle down.  For more than two decades my wife, Sheri, and I have been blessed to live in Downtown Sunnyvale.  Prior to my election to Council, I spent 9 years on the Planning Commission (2004-2010, and 2013-2016)–striving to improve projects and make a better city for everyone.  You can read my full resume HERE.

Along with my time on the Planning Commission, I have served on the board of several Sunnyvale non-profits organizations (Sunnyvale Historical Society and Sunnyvale Sustainable Gardens).   I also served on multiple committees (including the 2007 Charter Review Committee, and Joint Cities Stevens Creek Trail Extension Citizens Group).

Besides public service and professional life, I enjoy photography, biking and daily running with my dog Buddy.

I have led a life of public service, actively listening to residents and championing those who don’t have a voice, and dedicated my life to bringing our community together for a better Sunnyvale.

During COVID-19, I moved my weekly Friday morning office hours to a weekly Virtual LiveStream Address, where I give updates, give encouragement, and answer questions:  [See my weekly Virtual Office Hours videos HERE.]

I have also been doing a Mayor’s Restaurant Project, where I spotlight our great Sunnyvale small businesses.  [You can see my project HERE.]

My Achievements

As Mayor and Council Member

  • Worked with Mountain View and Sunnyvale to dedicate funds for design and construction of the next phase of the Stevens Creek Trail extension (and advocated successfully for an additional $8.1 Million in VTA Measure B funds)
  • Successfully adopted an emergency ordinance to grant tenant eviction protection and limit large rental rate increases on December of 2019
  • Successfully advocated to lower the speed limit along El Camino Real in Sunnyvale to 35MPH
  • Signed on to the Obama’s “Mayors Pledge” for police review and successfully lobbied other Santa Clara Mayors to sign on
  • Brought forth a Resolution Denouncing Xenophobia in Sunnyvale
  • Assisted and promoted Small Businesses owners during the pandemic with my Mayor’s Restaurant Project (click link for more info) (highlighting over 150 Sunnyvale restaurants)
  • Started the yearly raising of the LGBTQ Flag at City Hall beginning in June 2019 for Pride Month
  • Worked with the Sunnyvale Downtown Association to convert Historic Murphy Avenue into a pedestrian-only zone for al fresco dining during COVID-19
  • Coordinated all 15 Santa Clara County Mayors to lobby with County Health for COVID-19 Testing and Tracing
  • Successfully advocated Santa Clara County Health to bring free COVID-19 Testing to Sunnyvale’s Murphy Park
  • Worked with residents to bring back a yearly Halloween Pet Parade which restarted in October of 2019
  • Led a Unity Event after the 2019 Hate Crime in our community, and worked closely with those directly affected
  • Successfully advocated to bring a Voluntary Gun Buyback Program to Sunnyvale in February of 2020