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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 24

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Vicki Veenker

Technology Attorney/Mediator
24,201 votes (22.2%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Invest in Education. In Sacramento, I will fight to invest in education at all levels, from early childhood to higher education to prepare students for today's workforce.
  • Protect our Environment. I will be a champion for also reducing petroleum use, and resulting greenhouse gas emissions, by 50% by 2030.
  • Expand Economic Opportunity and Affordable Housing. We are in the midst of a housing crisis that we must address. Expanding economic opportunities, transportation systems, and housing options is an urgent need in our district and our state.



Profession:Technology Attorney/Mediator/Nonprofit Director
Founder & Principal, Veenker Law Offices (2013–current)
Partner, Shearman & Sterling (2000–2013)
General Counsel, Women's Professional Soccer (2008–2010)
Partner / Associate, Fish & Neave (1988–2000)


Georgetown University J.D., Law (1988)
Indiana University B.A., Political Science (1985)
Indiana University B.S., Biochemistry (1985)

Community Activities

Board of Directors, Past President, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley (2003–current)
Director, Executive Board Member, Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (2014–current)
Director, Great Decisions Discussions Series, Foreign Policy Association (2010–current)
Walk Team Captain, Walk to End Alzheimer's (2013–current)


Vicki has been working with Silicon Valley leaders for nearly 25 years to foster innovation and improve her community.

A leading patent attorney in Palo Alto, Vicki represents many of the Valley’s top innovators in matters involving new technologies and breakthrough life science inventions. Vicki’s clients have included a Nobel laureate, Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, and a low-income custodian whom she represented pro bono in an ADA and employment case. Among other honors, California Law Business selected Vicki in 2002 as one of the state’s Top 20 Lawyers Under 40.

Vicki’s passion for providing equal opportunity for women and girls led her to help found Women’s Professional Soccer as General Counsel. Her work to give some of America’s most talented, hard-working athletes a “league of their own” provided a training ground for many members of the US women’s national team who went on to win the 2015 World Cup.

As a community leader, Vicki has served as President and more than a dozen years on the Board of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, which provides access to justice in underserved communities and fights poverty. The Law Foundation provides free legal services to low-income clients - such as foster youth and victims of predatory lending - through its five programs: Fair Housing, Mental Health Advocacy, Public Interest Law Firm, Legal Advocates for Children & Youth, and Health Legal Services.

As the daughter of two teachers, Vicki has a natural love of teaching and learning. That passion led her to serve as an Adjunct Professor at both UC Hastings College of the Law and Santa Clara University School of Law.

Additionally, Vicki currently serves on the Alzheimer’s Association Fund Development Committee for the Northern California and Northern Nevada chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Both the International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California have appointed Vicki to their mediation panels. Her work brokering compromises on complex technology issues led Vicki to be named on the inaugural list of the world’s leading technology neutrals by the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center, which she now serves as a Director.

Who supports this candidate?

Individuals (26)

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $743,463

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of VEENKER, VICKI
Employees of Stanford University
Employees of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Califonia Teachers Association
Mountain View Firefighters IAFF 1965

More information about contributions

By State:

California 95.73%
District of Columbia 1.61%
Hawaii 1.14%
New York 0.80%
Other 0.72%

By Size:

Large contributions (98.96%)
Small contributions (1.04%)

By Type:

From organizations (18.52%)
From individuals (81.48%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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— May 3, 2016 Vicki Veenker for Assembly 2016

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