SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara resident Jamie McLeod has filed
to run for seat 7 on the Santa Clara City Council. With over 20
years of community service, ranging from coaching girls' soccer
to mediating community disputes to repairing schools in war-torn
Bosnia, McLeod has experience in the public, private and non-profit
sectors. Her professional experience includes city planning, engineering
and organizational development.
"I'm excited about city government, and I hope to get others
excited about it too," McLeod said. "We're losing three
experienced, talented council members this November, and I'm eager
to pick up where they leave off, keeping Santa Clara a thriving
McLeod plans to use her background in local government, planning,
engineering and non-profits to help the City of Santa Clara grow
and prosper. Her role as associate planner for the city of Sunnyvale,
coupled with her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Masters
degree in City and Regional Planning, have provided her with extensive
experience and knowledge about the inner workings of city government.
As a result, she is poised to hit the ground running following the
A strong advocate for women, children and families, McLeod has
worked for many years with refugee and immigrant communities. As
Director of the International Rescue Committee in San Jose, she
focused on economic development issues, including self-sufficiency,
affordable housing, healthcare and education. Her work to promote
organizational development includes co-authoring a financial management
manual for community-based organizations.
Outlining one of the key goals of her campaign, McLeod said she's
committed to maintaining the high quality of service the City of
Santa Clara provides. "The economy is improving, but it is
rebounding more slowly in the Silicon Valley," she said. "It's
vitally important that we work to protect the City's core services."
McLeod's experience in the non-profit sector gives her a unique
perspective on the issues facing the city. "There are outstanding
opportunities for the city to partner with non-profit organizations
to help Santa Clara thrive. We must also protect and use our natural
and historic resources for the benefit of all Santa Clarans."
McLeod's years of work in communities around the world have also
provided her with real-world lessons about the power of outreach
to strengthen cities. "I want to get more people involved in
local government, and open the doors of City hall to more Santa
Clarans," she said. "I'm looking forward to working together
with the community towards a shared vision of Santa Clara."
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Editors: A high-resolution digital portrait of Jamie McLeod
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