Raul Peralez is a lifelong resident of San José and is currently serving as the Councilmember for San José Council District 3, encompassing the city’s downtown core and surrounding neighborhoods. Raul left his career with the San Jose Police Department after eight years, becoming the first active duty officer in the history of San José to be elected into public office.
As an elected official, Raul serves on several committees and boards working on local and regional transportation, public safety, and neighborhood services. Raul formerly served as the elected Vice President of his neighborhood association, a Commissioner on the Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission, and an appointed delegate to the California State Democratic Party.
For nearly a decade, Raul worked as a substitute high school and alternative education teacher, working with students in the juvenile justice system. While on the police force, he was the only officer in the county to also teach at Juvenile Hall.
Raul has been a long-time volunteer with Big Brothers-Big Sisters of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley FACES Camp Everytown, and a mentor for homeless youth with Stand Up For Kids Silicon Valley. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work with youth and commitment to community, including the YMCA Project Cornerstone Adult Role Model of the Year and an Emerging Leader recognition from Silicon Valley Latino magazine.
Raul graduated from Cupertino High School and attended San José State University. He earned a degree in Mathematics, becoming the first in his family to graduate from college. He currently lives in the Rosemary Gardens Neighborhood of greater downtown San José.