John Garamendi, BS 66
Democrat John Garamendi, BS 66, won his sixth term to the U.S. House of Representatives. He serves the 3rd District, which includes Davis, Fairfield, and Yuba City. Garamendi first joined Congress in 2009 and brings nearly four decades of public service to the House Armed Services and Transportation & Infrastructure committees.
Chappie Jones, MBA 89
Charles "Chappie" Jones, MBA 89, ran unopposed for a second term as a member of the San Jose City Council, representing District 1. In January, he was named vice mayor by San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. As vice mayor, Jones will chair meetings and perform other duties when Liccardo is absent.
Loren Taylor, MBA 95
Entrepreneur and management consultant Loren Taylor, MBA 95, was elected to the Oakland City Council, unseating a 16-year incumbent on a platform of improving the way local government works, bringing growth and revitalization, and ensuring equity for those who have historically been left out and are at risk of being pushed out.
Laura Parmer-Lohan, MBA 96
Laura Parmer-Lohan, MBA 96, earned a four-year spot on the San Carlos City Council and will serve as a voice for all 30,000 San Carlos residents. Parmer-Lohan is the founder and CEO of Ruckus Partners, a consulting firm dedicated to helping companies launch healthcare solutions in the clinical space.
Ronald Cassano, BS 63
Ronald Cassano, BS 63, was elected to a sixth term as the City of Walnut Creek's treasurer. Priorities for Cassano, a retired CPA, will be to minimize credit and market risks, maintain liquidity, and attain a competitive yield on Walnut Creek's portfolio.
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Jeri Harman, MBA 82
Jeri Harman, MBA 82, founder and chair of Avante Capital Partners, is one of 36 dealmakers named in Mergers & Acquisitions' 2019 Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A. And she uses that influence to help up-and-coming female leaders. Harman mentors women looking to start their own funds and works on initiatives in recruiting, retaining, and promoting women in the industry.