Bachelor in Community Studies, University California, Santa Cruz.
Formerly with Sunnyvale (California) School District, City of Santa Clara, California. Then human resource manager Hewlett-Packard Company. Market program management consultant state and local governments.
Member city council City of Sunnyvale, 1979-1987, mayor, 1982, 87. Member board supervisors Santa Clara County, 1989-1996. Education program manager Hewlett Packard Company, 1996-1998.
Mayor City of San Jose, California, 1999—2006. Board chair, 1993; board transit supervisors Santa Clara County, since 1989. Board directors Joint Venture: Silicon Valley, The Role Model Program, Bay Area Bioscience Center, American Leadership Forum, Santa Clara County.
Married Alvina Gonzales. 3 children: Miranda, Rachel, Alejandra.