Kathy Watanabe

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Kathy Watanabe resized 2Kathy Watanabe, Councilmember
(District 1 - first term; two term limit)
Full term expires: November 2020 

Address (office): City Hall,
1500 Warburton Avenue (95050)

Office email address: MayorandCouncil@santaclaraca.gov
Telephone (office): (408) 615-2250
Fax (office): (408) 241-6771
Direct email: kwatanabe@santaclaraca.gov

In addition to serving on the City Council, the Mayor and Council Members also serve as Authority Members of the Sports & Open Space Authority of the City, Authority Members of the Industrial Development Authority of the City, Authority Members of the Joint Financing Authority of the City, Board Members of the Santa Clara Stadium Authority, Authority Members of the Bayshore North Project Enhancement Authority, and Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City.

Council Committee Assignments

City Committees

  • Audit Committee
  • Economic Development, Communications and Marketing Committee
  • Governance and Ethics Committee (Alternate)

Area-Wide Committees

  • Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) (General Assembly)
  • Caltrain Modernization Local Policymaker Group (CalMod) 
  • Cities Association of Santa Clara County - Board of Directors (Alternate)
  • Cities Association of Santa Clara County - City Selection Committee (Alternate)
  • Cities Association of Santa Clara County - Legislative Action Committee (Alternate)
  • City/School Liaison Committee - Santa Clara Unified School District
  • Grand Boulevard Task Force/El Camino Real
  • Human Trafficking Commission
  • Joint Recycled Water Policy Advisory Committee (Alternate)
  • Police Activities League (PAL) (Alternate)
  • Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission of Santa Clara County (RWRC)
  • San Jose/Santa Clara Clean Water Financing Authority (Chair)
  • San Jose/Santa Clara Treatment Plant Advisory Committee (TPAC)
  • Santa Clara County Expressway Plan 2040 Policy Advisory Board (PAB)
  • Santa Clara/Santa Cruz Counties Airport/Community Roundtable
  • Santa Clara Sister Cities Association (Alternate)
  • Santa Clara Valley Water Commission (SCVW) (Alternate)

Background / Employment

  • Legal Assistant, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Community Involvement 

  • Trustee, City of Santa Clara Board of Library Trustees, 2008-2016
  • President, Santa Clara Sister Cities Association, 2013-2016
  • Instrumental in the opening of the Northside Library in the Rivermark Community


  • Married to Karl Watanabe and mother of one
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