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County Supervisor Joe Simitian was elected to the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors in 2012, to represent District Five, which includes: Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Saratoga, Stanford, and portions of Sunnyvale and San Jose. His public service over the years also includes:

  • State Senator, 11th District, State of California
  • State Assemblymember, 21st District, California State Assembly
  • County Supervisor, Santa Clara County
  • Mayor, City of Palo Alto
  • President, Palo Alto School Board
  • Regional leadership as President of the Santa Clara County School Boards’ Association, President of the League of California Cities Peninsula Division and Chairperson of the Santa Clara County Intergovernmental Council (IGC)
  • Representative of the President of the United States, 1994 U.S. Delegation to Observe Elections in El Salvador
  • Elections Supervisor, 1997 and 1998 Bosnian Elections, Seconded by the U.S. Department of State, serving with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
  • Volunteer, International Rescue Committee (IRC), 1999 refugee relief and resettlement efforts in Albania and Kosovo


  • Juris Doctor, University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall)
  • Master of City Planning, University of California, Berkeley
  • Master of Arts, International Policy Studies, Stanford University
  • Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, The Colorado College
  • High School Diploma, Palo Alto High School


Supervisor Joe Simitian is an attorney, businessman and city planner. He is a member of the California State Bar and the American Planning Association, and has been granted an AICP certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners.


Community Service

  • Honorary Board Member, AchieveKids
  • Board of Advisors, Acterra
  • Board of Advisors, Adolescent Counseling Services

  • Honorary Board Member, California Pops Orchestra

  • Honorary Committee, Friends of Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo

  • Trustee Emeritus, Junior Statesmen Foundation

  • Honorary Council Member, Leadership Mountain View

  • Board of Advisors, O’Neill Sea Odyssey

  • Board of Advisors, Palo Alto History Museum

  • Advisory Group Member, Government Ethics Advisory Group, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University


  • Advisory Team, San Mateo County Service Learning Project

  • Board of Directors, American Leadership Forum - Silicon Valley
  • Co-Chair, Housing Leadership Council, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  • Board of Advisors, Clara-Mateo Alliance, Inc.
  • Board of Directors, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network
  • Steering Committee, Bay Area Council
  • Member, California UN 50 Committee
  • Explorer Scouts Advisor, Law Explorer Post #804
  • North County Allocations Committee, United Way of Santa Clara County
  • President, Friends of the Children’s Theatre