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Foothill-De Anza Community College DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Peter Landsberger

Retired College Executive
58,204 votes (20.23%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Maintain open access and ensure that ALL students have an equal opportunity to succeed at college.
  • Ensure the District's finances remain stable by increasing enrollment and making sure Foothill and De Anza earn all of the revenue they are entitled to from the State.
  • Enhance cooperation with our local high schools to ensure a seamless transition from high school to college.



Profession:Retired College Executive
Special Trustee, Compton Community College District (2007–2010)
Chancellor and Senior Vice Chancellor, Los Angeles Community College District (1999–2005)
President, College of San Mateo (1992–1999)
Dean, Business/Computer Systems Division, De Anza College (1989–1992)
Vice Chancellor and General Counsel, Foothill-De Anza Community College District (1978–1986)


University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) Juris Doctor (J.D.), Law (1973)
University of California, Berkeley Bachelor of Arts (A.B.), Political Science (1969)
Santa Monica College Associate of Arts (A.A.), Political Science (1967)

Community Activities

Board Member, Foothill-De Anza Foundation (2014–current)
Board Member, UNITE-LA (a non-profit affiliate of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce) (1999–current)
Board Member, Community School of Music and Arts (2007–current)
Board Member, San Jose-Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce Foundation (2016–current)


Peter Landsberger has lived in Los Altos since 1978, the year he was appointed Foothill-De Anza’s first General Counsel. Over time his duties expanded and in 1983 he was promoted to Vice Chancellor of the district, serving as the Chancellor’s chief deputy and executive in charge of all district office operations.

During his thirty-year career in the community colleges, Peter has held several executive posts, including President of the College of San Mateo, Senior Vice Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District and, for a year and a half, Interim Chancellor of the Los Angeles District. In 2007, the Chancellor of the California Community College system appointed Peter as the State’s Special Trustee in charge of the Compton Community College District after Compton College lost its accreditation. He served in that capacity through 2010.

Since 1999, Peter has been a member of the Board of Directors of UNITE-LA, a nonprofit affiliate of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. UNITE-LA collaborates with schools, government agencies and other non-profits to support the development of highly effective schools; promotes business-education partnerships; and administers programs to expand college access to underserved youth in the Los Angeles area. The San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce began a similar education initiative, Strive San Jose, in 2015, and Peter now serves on that Chamber’s Foundation Board of Directors too.

Peter received his A.A. degree from Santa Monica College and his J.D. and A.B. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He has done post-graduate work at both the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University and Harvard Law School.

Peter is currently an active member of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation Board of Directors.

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