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Candidate Forum – San Jose City Council Districts 7 & 9

September 6, 2018 @ 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Candidate Forum
San Jose City Council Districts 7 & 9

Maya Esparza & Tam Nguyen
Pam Foley & Kalen Gallagher
Moderator: Dr. Melinda Jackson, Deptartment Chair and Professor, Political Science, SJSU

Thursday, September 6, 2018
2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Join us to meet and learn about the San Jose City Council candidates vying to fill seats in both District 7 and District 9.

Nonprofits are a key constituency of the City of San Jose, we work closely with all members of the Council and would like to provide an opportunity for our membership, executive directors, board members and program staff to learn the ideas, visions and programs of each candidates.

We will focus our questions on issues that impact nonprofits as contractors and service providers, such as Cost of Doing Business increases, contract fairness, minimum and living wage as well as census, immigration, senior food access, transportation, housing and homelessness and others impacting our clients.

Nonprofits are major providers of services in the City of San Jose including housing, homelessness, community health, behavioral health, domestic violence, nutrition, immigration legal services, children and families, and seniors.

Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits champions the interest of nonprofits in Silicon Valley. SVCN works to ensure the nonprofit sector’s voice is heard and that solutions are developed in ways in which everybody wins.


District 7 Candidates
Maya Esparza
Maya grew up in San Jose and has made a lifetime commitment to fighting for the community and solving problems.

In 2012, Maya was elected as a trustee on the Franklin-McKinley School District Board, and is also a former Commissioner on the Community Development Block Grant Commission at the City of San Jose, was the founding Board President for Latinas Contra Cancer, and on the boards of the Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County and Operation: Care and Comfort, a local nonprofit serving military, veterans and their families.

Tam Nguyen
Tam Nguyen was elected to the San Jose City council in November of 2014. Prior to his election, he was an attorney and served as legal counsel for Ly Tong and other prominent Vietnamese leaders. Tam is the 7th of 10 children and immigrated to the United States in 1975 at the age of 18.

He is serving his first term on the San Jose city council. He is on a number of committees and boards:
Vice Chair of the Transportation and Environment committee
Member of the Neighborhood Service and Education committee
Liaison for the Human Services Commission
Member of the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Ad Hoc Committee
Liaison to the Santa Clara Valley Water District
Coyote Flood Control and Watershed Advisory Committee

District 9 Candidates
Pam Foley
A product of public schools, Pam graduated from high school in 1977, then attended the University of San Francisco. Pam met Mike and moved to Cupertino, and in 1987 they purchased their first home in the Cambrian Area of San Jose on Reedhurst Ave. After a brief move to the Santa Cruz Mountains, they moved into their current home in District 9 where they have lived for over 28 years.

Since 2004, Pam has served on the School Board for the San Jose Unified School District. She oversees the education of 31,000 students and a budget of $400,000,000. In December 2017, she completed her third term as Board President.

Kalen Gallagher
Kalen grew up in San Jose and is a proud 4th generation resident of our community. Growing up, Kalen was active in student government, athletics, and served as the President of the Key Club, a national community service organization.

In 2012, Kalen was elected to the Campbell Union High School District receiving 31,725 votes from San Jose, Campbell, and parts of Los Gatos, Saratoga, Santa Clara, and Monte Sereno. He ran on implementing programs to solve CUHSD’s 16% dropout rate, raising achievement scores that ranked us among the lowest similar schools in California, aggressively updating classrooms with technology, and eliminating the achievement/opportunity gap. Under Kalen’s leadership, the district has made big strides in all of these areas and more.

There is no fee for this event but space is limited. Please RSVP.


September 6, 2018
2:45 pm - 4:15 pm


Silicon Valley Council of Non-profits
(408) 260-3915


Sobrato Center for Non-profits
1400 Parkmoor Ave
San Jose, CA 95126 United States
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