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Councilmember Rose Herrera's Biography
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Councilmember Rose Herrera began her second four-year term as a San José City Councilmember in January 2013, representing District 8. A native of East San José, Councilmember Herrera attended Overfelt High School and received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Santa Clara University. Councilmember Herrera served her country in the United States Air Force. An early supporter and advocate for women’s issues, she is a Founding Member of the Bay Area Military Women’s Collaborative, Founder and President of the League of California Cities Women’s Caucus. Councilmember Herrera has focused on saving the funding for the Lightrail project to Eastridge, secured funding for the 101/Tully Road highway project and the 101/Capitol Expressway/Yerba Buena interchange and saved Municipal Water from being privatized. Councilmember Herrera was instrumental in working with community partners to save Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park from losing critical programming and staffing.

Councilmember Herrera is currently the Chair of the Community and Economic Development Committee, and the Vice Chair of the Transportation and Environment Committee. She is a board member of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board and Chair of the VTA’s Audit, Transportation Planning and Operations Committees and the Downtown East Valley Policy Advisory Board, and a member of the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force, the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, and a Voting Delegate for the League of California Cities. Additionally, she is an Alternate Board Member for the Association of Bay Area Government, the Santa Clara Cities Association and the City Council Liaison to the Advisory Commission on Rents. Councilmember Herrera was recently appointed by Mayor Chuck Reed to the Governing Board of the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency.

Councilmember Rose Herrera is married to Matt Wahlin. They both enjoy travelling and spending time with their children and two grandsons.