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City of Mountain ViewCandidate for City Council

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Margaret Abe-Koga

Councilmember/Mother
17,125 votes (16.67%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Lead Mountain View in recovering and rebuilding from COVID-19 by ensuring fiscally sound city budgets and focusing on economic development.
  • Increase efforts to combat climate change.
  • Continue leadership on affordable housing and multimodal transportation options.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Mayor, City of Mountain View
City Councilmember, City o Mountain View — Elected position (2007–current)
Boardmember/President of the Board, Silicon Valley Clean Energy — Appointed position (2017–current)
Director, Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board — Appointed position (2017–current)
Government Affairs Manager, Synopsys (2016–2017)
District Director, California State Assembly, District 28 (2015–2016)
Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager, Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) non-profit social services organization (2012–2014)
Executive Boardmember/Past President, Cities Association of Santa Clara County — Appointed position (2010–2014)
Trustee, Area 1, Santa Clara County Board of Education — Elected position (2002–2004)
Congressional Aide, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (1993–1999)

Education

Harvard University Bachelor of Arts, Government (1992)

Community Activities

Boardmember, CHAC - Community Health Awareness Council (2015–2018)
Vice-President, Membership, Mountain View High School PTSA (2015–2018)
Boardmember, Mountain View Public Safety Foundation (2015–2017)
Boardmember, Charities Affordable Housing Developers (2015–2017)
Commissioner, CIty of Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission (2004–2006)

Biography

Margaret Abe-Koga currently serves as Mayor for the City of Mountain View.  She is serving her third term on the Mountain View City Council, having served two terms from 2007-2015, and reelected in 2016. She served as Vice-Mayor in 2008 and 2019, and as Mayor for the first time in 2009, making her the first Asian American female to serve in those capacities in Mountain View's history. 

 

On the City Council, Margaret has championed the issues of public safety, transportation, affordable housing, environmental sustainability, youth and families and health and wellness. 

 

Margaret represents Mountain View on regional bodies including the Bay Area Air Quality Management District; the Silicon Valley Clean Energy Board and is past Chair; the Valley Transportation Authority(VTA) Policy Advisory Committee; and on the Santa Clara County Cities Association Executive Committee.  Her past service included serving as President and Vice President of the Cities Association of Santa Clara County; the Silicon Valley Regional Interoperability Agency, the Santa Clara County Emergency Operational Area Council, and on the Santa Clara County Local Agency Formation Commission.

 

She also served on the VTA Board of Directors and Chaired the Board in 2011. Margaret led the agency to financial solvency through the economic downturn and worked to maintain progress on capital projects like the BART extension, light rail improvements and the Bus Rapid Transit system.  She also served on the VTA’s Policy Advisory Committee and the Levi’s Stadium Transit Program Task Force.

 

In 2012, Margaret was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to serve on the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board overseeing water quality issues in the Bay Area.

 

Prior to her service on the City Council, Margaret served as Trustee for Area 1 on Santa Clara County Board of Education and served as Board Vice-President in 2004. She also served as Human Relations Commissioner and Environmental Planning Commissioner for the City of Mountain View.

In addition to elected and appointed service, Margaret has been active in the community..  She has served on the boards of  CHAC – Community Health Awareness Council, Charities Housing – a non-profit affordable housing developer, Mountain View Public Safety Foundatin, the League of Conservation Voters, Carbon Free Mountain View, the Housing Trust of Silicon Valley, Avenidas Senior Services, the Mountain View Sister Cities Association, the Silicon Valley Japanese American Chamber of Commerce, the Japanese American Citizens League San Mateo Chapter, Vice-Chair of the Old Mountain View Neighborhood Association and President of the San Jose Taiko Board.

Margaret was born at Stanford Hospital and raised in San Mateo by immigrant parents from Japan. She attended public schools K-12, and went on to Harvard University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in government in 1992.

 After graduation, Margaret joined Congresswoman Anna Eshoo’s district office staff. 

In addition to her public service career, Margaret’s work experience includes serving as Associate Director of the Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI) at De Anza College from 1999-2001 and 2005-2006.  Margaret also owned and ran a small business– an indoor cycling fitness facility – before taking leave from the business to raise her children.  From 2012-2014, She held the position of Foundation and Corporate Relations Manager for Asian Americans for Community Involvement, the largest non-profit health and human services agency focused on the Asian community.  In 2015, she was District Director for California State Assemblymember Evan Low of the 28th District, and from 2016-2017 worked for Synopsys Corporation as a government affairs manager.

She and her husband Yotto have two daughters, Aili and Aina who attend Mountain View High School. 

For her leadership, Margaret has been recognized with various awards including:

·      Working Partnerships USA Champion for Change 2014

·      South Bay Labor Council AFL-CIO Rookie of the Year Award 2011

·      Silicon Valley Business Journal's Top 100 Women of Influence, 2010

·      Mountain View Chamber of Commerce Athena Award, 2010

·      Association of American University Women Los Altos Mountain View Chapter's Woman of the Year 2009

·      California Assembly's Woman of the Year for Assembly District 22, selected by Assemblymember Paul Fong, 2009

·      Silicon Valley Business Journal's Top 40 under 40 years of age, 2008

·      Asian Americans for Community Involvement Youth Achievement Award 2004

·      Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss' Asian American Hero Award, 2001

 

Margaret is also a member of the American Leadership Forum Class XXII, an Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI) Senior Fellow, and a graduate of the Working Partnerships Leadership Institute as well as Leadership Mountain View.

 

For her hobbies, she teaches indoor cycling classes and enjoys running and biking.  She also holds a third degree in Kendo, the martial art of Japanese fencing.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Los AltosTown Crier
  • San Jose Mercury News
  • Sierra Club

Organizations (5)

  • Mountain View Police Officers Association
  • Livable Mountain View
  • Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters
  • Mountain View Chamber of Commerce
  • Mountain View Professional Firefighters

Elected Officials (4)

  • Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen
  • County Supervisor Joe Simitian
  • Assemblymember Marc Berman
  • State Senator Jerry Hill

Individuals (1)

  • Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

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