Known for having a “head for numbers and heart for people,” Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman was first elected to the County Board of Supervisors in 2010 and re-elected in 2014 and 2018. Prior to his election, Mike served eight years on the Los Gatos Town Council, including two terms as Mayor. He represents the 400,000 residents of District 1, which is the largest of the five districts at 700 square miles and includes a quarter of a million people in San Jose and all of Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, San Martin and Gilroy. Mike serves on 28 committees, including Chairing the County Library District, Traffic Safe Communities Network, South County United for Health, the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency Governing Board and the Emergency Operational Area Council.
Mike has earned a reputation as a pragmatic and commonsense leader with a collaborative leadership style. Among his many accomplishments:
• Chair and Vice-Chair of the County’s Public Safety and Justice Committee for more than eight years, where he secured increased law enforcement protection for rural areas and funding for the creation of the Family Justice Center in 2014 to better serve victims of domestic violence.
• Co-host of ongoing Identity Theft and Fraud Prevention Seminars with the District Attorney’s Office to help residents avoid becoming crime victims.
• Strong advocate for improving wildfire safety and helped secure Santa Clara County as the first in California to receive $4 million from Sacramento for wildfire preparedness funding.
• Co-chair of the 2018 Agricultural Preservation Task Force and instrumental in kick-starting a new agricultural easement program with an initial allocation of $5 million in order to conserve farmland and ranchland.
• Champion of the 28-mile Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail and co-author of the policy to create an Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone to encourage urban farming, including development of the 287-acre Martial Cottle Park.
• A recognized leader for solutions to homelessness, Mike initiated the 2014 “The Cost of Homelessness” study to examine the expense of homelessness, which confirmed that providing “housing first” for persistently homeless residents not only transforms lives, but it is smart public policy that saves taxpayers’ money.
• A vigorous supporter of the 2016 Measure A – the $950 million Affordable Housing Bond – which launched 19 affordable housing developments (4,800 total units) throughout the County, as well as provides $25 million for first-time home buyers.
• A key promoter of the County’s purchase of O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, St. Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy and the De Paul Health Center in Morgan Hill, which preserved vital access to healthcare for thousands of people in San Jose and South County.
• A longtime animal advocate, Mike successfully secured funding for the new 37,000 square foot no-kill Animal Services Center (opening 2021), which boasts a sustainable building design and includes a much-needed community meeting space for public use.
While on the Los Gatos Town Council from 2002 - 2010, Mike championed numerous projects, including the Youth Sports Park, LEED-certified gold Library, Police Station, Community Bus program, the nationally-recognized “Alive and Loving Life Project” and the “Town Hall in the Neighborhood” program – all while maintaining a balanced budget.
Before public office, Mike spent more than 10 years volunteering as a sports coach for 300 kids on 25 youth teams. In recognition of his community involvement, Mike has been voted “The Best Youth Sports Coach,” “The Best Volunteer” and “The Best Civic Minded Citizen.”
Mike has a degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California and was a Certified Financial Planner and small business owner for more than 30 years. He has been married to his college sweetheart Kim for nearly 40 years and they have two adult children and three French bulldogs.