As a community leader and local city councilmember, Evan Low has worked tirelessly for over a decade to tackle some of the greatest challenges facing Silicon Valley. Evan has been a regional leader on a diverse range of issues including job creation, protecting the environment, marriage equality and civil rights, transparency in government and fiscal reform. In 2010, the Silicon Valley Metro Newspaper named him one of the “Top 25 People who will change Silicon Valley.”
A lifelong resident of the Silicon Valley, Evan’s family has deep roots locally. Evan attended local public schools and earned degrees from De Anza Community College and San Jose State before going on to graduate from the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The son of a local eye doctor and community leader, Evan learned the importance of community activism at an early age. While attending college, Evan served on the Santa Clara County Commission on Senior Care, worked as Director of Government and Public Affairs for the Volunteer Center of Silicon Valley and at the Campbell Chamber of Commerce.
Evan’s extensive experience working in the community has helped him develop a deep knowledge of the everyday issues facing local residents and small business owners. His commitment to public service and working to make real improvements in people lives led him to run for Campbell City Council. In 2006, Evan made history by becoming the first Asian‐American, openly gay and one of the youngest people ever elected to Campbell’s City Council. This past year, Evan made history again by becoming the youngest Asian‐American Mayor in the Country.
As a City Councilmember and former Mayor of Campbell, Evan has worked closely with the community and his colleagues to get results on key issues for the residents of Campbell. Since taking office, Evan has helped deliver a balanced city budget every year without cutting vital city services like public safety. He has been a leader is pushing for increased transparency in government by making all city council meetings available online and holding regular “mobile office hours.” Promoting small business and job growth has been priority number one for Evan. He has helped cut red‐tape and streamlined the licensing process for business owners and worked to protect the storefront improvement grant program for small businesses. Evan has also been a leader on protecting the environment and sustainability issues. He pushed for tough new “green policy” that promotes energy conservation and smart growth building practices in the City of Campbell.
In addition to his service to the City of Campbell, Evan has been recognized as a regional leader. Evan is a past recipient of the Asian‐American Hero Award for Santa Clara County, and, on June 5, 2006, former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom honored Evan (months before he was elected to public office) with a proclamation, naming the day “Evan Low Day” in the city and county of San Francisco for his leadership in the greater community.
Evan will bring new energy, innovative leadership and a renewed commitment to core values of creating good‐paying jobs, keeping government accountable and protecting our environment to the State Assembly.