ACCOMPLISHMENTS

WHY ELLEN?

In addition to a clear vision, I bring years of practical experience to my candidacy. With over six years on the City’s Environmental Planning Commission (EPC), I have served as Vice Chair in 2014 and Chair in 2015.  On the EPC, I actively participated in shaping the City’s environmental sustainability, historic preservation, and quality of life by insuring that we continue to build strong, family-oriented neighborhoods. 

My accomplishments on the EPC include the following:

 
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City Vision

Implementing the City’s General Plan 2030 Update and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program

 
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Infrastructure for multimodal options

Transportation and circulation plans as well as bicycle and pedestrian plans

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Planning for the Future

Worked on critical land-use plans for the El Camino Real, North Bayshore, San Antonio Phase II, and East Whisman change areas, and soon the Terra Bella area as well

 
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protecting our environment

Heritage tree preservation, sufficient open space, and placemaking

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Addressing City Housing Needs

Affordable Housing Strategies including annual reviews of Mountain View's Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA), Tenant Relocation Assistance Program, and the Housing Element

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Long Term Sustainability 

Has a record of approaching each development and project through a lens of sustainability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create energy efficiencies, and encourage recycling, including water

In addition to my years of work on the EPC and public policy career, I am an avid volunteer, particularly when it comes to education. I on the volunteer committees for the Measure B 2016 and Measure E 2018 school bonds to fund school facility improvements and construction. You can also often find me biking and running along Stevens Creek Trail.

Boards & Experience

  • Leadership Mountain View Advisory Council Member and Graduate

  • Mountain View Public Safety Foundation Board Member

  • Mountain View Firefighters Random Acts non-profit Annual Fire Drill 5K/10K Race and Pancake Breakfast lead volunteer

  • Mountain View Historical Association member

  • League of Women Voters, Los Altos and Mountain View member

  • Japantown Community Congress of San Jose, Board Member at large

  • New Generation Nikkei Fund, Advisory Council

  • Silicon Valley Young Democrats, Member

  • Peninsula Young Democrats, Member

  • Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club, Past President

  • National Political Women’s Caucus of Silicon Valley, Member and Board

  • Democratic Activists for Women Now, Past Board Member & Current Member

  • Bay Area Capitol Hill Alumni Group, Steering Committee and Member

  • Bay Area Legislative Staffers Association, Member

  • New Leaders Council - Silicon Valley Graduate

  • Northern California Japan Exchange and Teaching Program Alumni Association

  • Northern California UPenn Alumni Association