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Vice Mayor Rose Herrera's Biography
Rose Sworn InVice Mayor 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, Vice Mayor Herrera attended Overfelt High School and received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Santa Clara University. Vice Mayor 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, and Founder and President of the League of California Cities Women’s Caucus. Vice Mayor 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. Vice Mayor Herrera was instrumental in working with community partners to save Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park from losing critical programming and staffing.

Vice Mayor Herrera currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Rules and Open Government Committee and as a member of the Community and Economic Development Committee, which she previously chaired, and the Transportation and Environment Committee, for which she is a previous Vice Chair. She also is a board member for the Capitol Corridor Joint Power Authority; Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee; Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force; Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency (governing and implementation boards); and Work2Future. Vice Mayor Herrera Chairs the League of California Cities statewide Transportation, Communication, and Public Works Committee. She serves on the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board of Directors, Governance Committee, Downtown East Valley Policy Advisory Board, and as VTA Congestion Management and Planning Chair.


Vice Mayor Rose Herrera is married to Matt Wahlin. They both enjoy hiking, biking, and spending time with their children and two grandsons.