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 Kamei Nursery, Inc. on Bryant Avenue circa 1950s.

Kamei Nursery, Inc. on Bryant Avenue circa 1950s.

Ellen's Story

For Ellen, Mountain View is home.

Born and raised in Silicon Valley, she is the daughter of a Chinese and Puerto Rican American mother from New York City and a third-generation Japanese American father born at Heart Mountain Internment Camp in Wyoming. Ellen spent the first fifteen years of her life on her family’s flower growing nursery. The nursery was first located in Mountain View and later moved to Morgan Hill, the two cities where she grew up. Her grandparents lived in Mountain View, and along with her younger brother, she would spend many days with them at their home in Waverly Park, planting the seeds for her roots in the City. These childhood experiences brought her back to Mountain View.

Inspired by community service since youth, Ellen began volunteering in elementary school and hasn’t stopped since. She holds the steadfast values of participation and assistance, especially to those in need within the community. Driven to service, her career has taken her from Japan to the East Coast and back home to Mountain View. Ellen’s professional experience spans city, county, state, and federal government. She has helped work on national issues to public safety within Mountain View. Ellen currently serves as District Director for a member of the California State Assembly.

In addition to her professional experience, Ellen is a graduate of Leadership Mountain View, and serves on the Leadership Mountain View Advisory Council.  She is a member of the Mountain View Public Safety Foundation Board, and has been an instrumental volunteer of the Mountain View Firefighters Random Acts non-profit assisting in the Annual Fire Drill 5K/10K Race and Pancake Breakfast. Ellen assisted the Mountain View Historical Association, of which she is a member, with their Spring Panel on “Japanese in Mountain View” to celebrate May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and to reflect on the 75th anniversary of Japanese internment.

For the last five and half years, Ellen has been a member of the City of Mountain View’s Environmental Planning Commission, and where she served as Vice Chair in 2014 and Chair in 2015.

Her interest in service and desire to seek new ways to help more people has led her to ask the voters of Mountain View to elect her to City Council. Ellen will pair her experience and skills with the passion of the voices from her community to ensure that Mountain View continues to stand in support of all its residents, and that we ensure it is a welcoming and safe community.

Ellen lives near the Moffett Boulevard neighborhood with her partner, and is looking forward to meeting to you during the campaign.

EDUCATION

  • Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, State and Local Government Program for Senior Executives in Leadership Program

  • University of Pennsylvania, Fels Institute of Government, M.P.A.

  • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A. English

PROFESSION

  • District Director, CA Assemblymember Marc Berman

  • Policy Aide, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian

  • Local Government Management Fellow, City of Fremont, Office of the City Manager

  • Congressional Aide, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo & Zoe Lofgren

  • English Language Teacher

HONORS

  • American Council of Young Political Leaders, Delegation Member

  • Asian American Recovery Services Legacy Award, Recipient

  • Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute Alumni Pacesetter Award 2018

  • Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute, 120 under 40

  • Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute Civic Leadership Program

  • Emerge California

  • International City/Country Management Association Fellowship
    University of Pennsylvania, Fels Institute of Government Institutional Service Award

  • Leadership Mountain View

  • Presentation High School, Outstanding Young Alumnae Award

  • New Leaders Council - Silicon Valley

  • Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club, Rising Star Award

  • U.S.A. – Japan Council Emerging Leaders Program, Delegation Member