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also known as Chuck Reed

Lawyer , mayor , San Jose , California

Charles Rufus Reed, American mayor, San Jose, California, lawyer. Bar: California 1978.


Reed, Charles Rufus was born on August 16, 1948 in Garden City, Kansas, United States. Son of Ambers Reed and Estelle (Robinson) Sinclair.


Bachelor of Science, United States Air Force Academy, 1970. Master in Public Affairs, Princeton University, 1972. Juris Doctor, Stanford University, 1978.


Associate Campbell, Warburton et al, San Jose, California, 1978-1980. Partner Glaspy, Elliott et al, 1981-1985. Managing partner Reed, Elliott, Creech & Roth, 1985-1996.

President Reed & Roth, 1996—1999. Member San Jose City Council, 2000—2007. Mayor City of San Jose, since 2007.


  • Bar: California 1978.


Member Berryessa Citizens Advisory Council, since 1984, Friends of the Guadalupe River Park, 1986-1988, Horizon 2000 Task Force, 1983-1984, Sm. Business Association,1981-1983, Enterprise Zone Design Committee, 1983, fund raising committee Vinci Park School Site Council, 1981-1982, Bay Area Lawyers for the Arts, 1981-1982, Urban Superior vena cava syndrome and Constitution and Conveyance Tax Task Force, 1982, Citizens for Park Improvements, 1982, Mayor's Committee on Ballot Measures, 1982, Berryessa Union School District Human Rels. Task Force, 1980-1981, chairman community relations subcommittee, 1981.

Member San Jose Planning Commission, 1982-1990,vice chairman, 1985-1986, chairman, 1986-1987. Member Mayor's Task Force on Homeless, 1987. Member site county Piedmont Middle School, 1986-1988.

Board directors San Jose Repertory Company, 1981-1983, board counsel, 1982-1983. Member of advisory board San Jose Shelter Foundation, since 1988. Chairman Destination Downtown steering committee, 1988.

San Jose Symphony Chairman's Council, 1989. Member of advisory board Community Leadership San Jose, since 1989. Vice president Friends of Education for Berryessa Students, since 1991.

Member Santa Clara County Planning Commission, since 1994, chair, 1995-1996. Chair Santa Clara County Charter Review Committee, since 1997. Co-chair San Jose General Plan Task Force General Practice 2020, 1991-1993.

Member Land Trust for Santa Clara County, since 1997. Member Walden West Outdoor School Foundation, since 1997. Served to captain United States Air Force, 1970-1975.

Member American Bar Association, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, California Bar Association, Santa Clara County Bar Association (mem.exec. committee bus law committee, public education committee), San Jose Chamber of Commerce (vice president, board directors since 1985, chairman 1990, chairman high technical committee 1983-1985, participant leadership San Jose program, chairman central business district committee 1981-1983, chairman downtown roundtable 1987-1988) San Jose Downtown Association (since 1987, president 1989, downtown working review com 1989-1990, urban design review board 1989-1990, mayor's earthquake relief committee 1989-1990), United States Air Force Academy Association of Graduates (founder Northern California chapter 1987, president 1987-1988).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: skiing, jogging, boating.


Married Paula Marie Weeg. Children: Kim Nicole, Alexander Ryan.

Ambers Reed Sinclair

Estelle (Robinson) Sinclair

Paula Marie Weeg

Kim Nicole Reed

Alexander Ryan Reed