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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Foothill-De Anza Community College DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Gilbert Wong

Councilmember/Business Owner
55,666 votes (19.34%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Student Success: The key is to make sure that students are well prepared for an evolving economy and world and that All students are successful.
  • Teacher Development: On the front lines in educational improvements, teachers have to be provided the innovative tools and technological resources to help students succeed.
  • Fiscal Responsibility: Budget cuts should be kept away from the classroom to maintain our educational excellence and ensure our fair share of tax dollars come to the district from Sacramento for our students.



Profession:Councilmember/Small Businessowner/Education Advocate
Principal, Hillview Management Company (2001–current)
Council Council, City of Cupertino — Elected position (2007–current)
Member, Santa Clara County Democratic Party Central Commitee — Elected position (2008–current)
Mayor, City of Cupertino — Appointed position (2013–2014)
Mayor, City of Cupertino — Appointed position (2010–2011)
Planning Commissioner, City of Cupertino — Appointed position (2002–2007)


Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government Certificate, Senior Executives in State and Local Government (2012)
San Jose State University B.S., Business Administration with a minors in Asian Studies and Politcal Science (1989)
West Valley College A.A., Business Managment (1986)

Community Activities

Member, De Anza Commission (2013–current)
Advisory Board Member, Cupertino Education Endownment Foundation (2014–current)
Member, Rotary Club of Cupertino (2007–current)
Board Member, Asian American Parent Association (2006–2010)
President, West Valley Elementary School Site Council (2004–2006)


I have a passion for education, as my immigrant parents taught me to work hard, respect our elders, and earn a solid education.  I was born, rasied, and educated in Santa Clara Valley.  After graduating from Los Gatos High School, I was not sure where I wanted to go.  My counselor suggested West Valley Community College, and it was there, where I gained my self-confidence, and eventually transfered to San Jose State University.  I was the first, in my family to attend and graduated College, and I developed a passion, to help immigrant families like mine.  I met Cupertino Mayor Michael Chang, at De Azna College, where I was taking a class from the Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute, and he asked me, to apply for the Cupertino Planning Commission, which I was appointed to.  I was already active, in my daughter's School Site Council as Presdient, and our local Rotary Club, wihle serving on the Board of Directors, for the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce.  I was President-elect, of the Chmaber, before getting elected to the Cupertino City Council, in 2007 and re-elected in 2011, and was a two-time Mayor.  My experience, leadership, and commitment will help me, continue my passion for public service, and be the Education Advocate.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Foothill-De Anza Community College District Faculty Association
  • Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Michael Chang, Vice President of the Santa Clara County Board of Education

Organizations (3)

  • Santa Clara County Democratic Party
  • Silicon Valley Asian Pacific Amercain Democratic Club
  • South Bay Labor Council

Elected Officials (43)

  • Ted Liu, US Congressman
  • Mike Honda, US Congressman
  • John Chinag, State Treasuer
  • Betty Yee, State Controller
  • Alex Randolph, San Francisco Community College Trustee
  • Cindy Chavez, County Board of Supervisor
  • Rosemary Kamei, County Board of Education Trustee
  • Michael Chang, County Board of Education Trustee
  • Laurie Smith, County Sheriff
  • Jeff Rosen, County District Attorney
  • Paul Fong, Foothil-De Anza Community College Trustee ret.
  • Steve Ngo, San Francisco Community College Trustee
  • Mike Wasserman County Board of Supervisor
  • Dave Cortese, County Board of Supervisor
  • Barry Chang, Mayor of Cupertino
  • Robert Garcia, Mayor of Long Beach
  • Manny Cappello, Mayor of Saratoga
  • Bill Harrison, Mayor of Fremont
  • Steve Tate, Mayor of Morgan Hill
  • Jason Baker, Mayor of Campbell
  • Sam Liccardo, Mayor of San Jose
  • Pat Burt, Mayor of Palo Alto
  • Glenn Hendricks, Mayor of Sunnyvale
  • Jay Chen, Mt. San Antonio Community College Trustee
  • Teresa Cox, Ohlone Community College Trustee
  • Rich Gordon, State Assemblymember
  • Evan Low, State Assemblymember
  • Anthony Rendon, Speaker of State Assembly
  • Bob Wieckowski, State Senator
  • Jerry Hill, State Senator
  • Jim Beall, State Senator
  • David Jones, State Insurance Commissioner
  • Fiona Ma, Stae Board of Equalization
  • Kevin Mullen, State Assemblymember
  • Jim Cunneen, State Assembly Member ret.
  • Ishan Shah, Ohlane Community College Trustee
  • Mike Fong, Los Angeles Community College Trustee
  • Nicky Gonzalez Yuen, Peralta Community College District Trustee
  • Rudy Nasol, San Jose-Evergreen Community College Trustee
  • Jeffrey Lease, San Jose-Evergreen Community College Trustee
  • Craig Mann, San Jose-Evergreen Community College Trustee
  • Huong Nguyen, San Jose-Evergreen Community College Trustee
  • Mayra Cruz, San Jose-Evergreen Community College Trustee

Individuals (5)

  • Dan Aoki
  • Meri Maben
  • Carl Gaurdino
  • Hemant Buch
  • Judy Wilson

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Our community takes great pride in both Foothill and De Anza Colleges, which are among the best in California, and the nation.  If elected to the Colllege Baord, I will focus on educational excellence, student success, fiscal responsibility, and technological innovation.

As a parent, former mayor, and education advocate, I am well-prepared for the responsibiliteis, of a College Board member.  My politcal philiosphy has been influence by serving on the De Anza Commison for three and half years; Cupertino Education Foundation, as an advisory baord member for three years, former President fo the West Valley Elementary School Site Council, for two years; and the Asian American Parent Association board member for four yeras.  My experience, leadsehip and commitment will help me be the education and public policy advocate, for the Foothill De-Anza Community College District.

I wouild like to continue my passion in Public Service, and I respectfull ask for your vote.

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