Meet Pat

was lucky to be raised by inspiring local teachers who instilled in me a deep commitment to public service. My wife, Sally, and I have been fortunate to raise our children in a community with great neighborhoods and schools, exceptional amenities and natural environment, and the ability to walk or bike everywhere. 

My community values and background as a high-tech CEO, neighborhood, and environmental leader, and as a planning commissioner and council member, have given me the broad foundation to serve you well.

I value listening to and working with residents and community organizations. I appreciate the importance of collaborating with the private sector, local and regional partners, and other governmental agencies to solve problems that impact us most directly. I know how government works and how to make it work well for us.


“Pat is the proven consensus builder that we need today, locally and for the region. He listens to the community, knows the issues, and understands that it is the job of the City Council to set policies and for the staff to administer them.” Liz Kniss, Former Mayor of Palo Alto and current Councilmember


Community & Leadership Experience

  Tech founder and CEO
  Regional, state and national environmental leader

• Santa Clara County Pollution Prevention Committee
• California EPA Pollution Prevention Task Force
• Vice-Chair, Sustainable San Mateo County
• California EPA Comparative Risk Project
• California Environmental Technology Partnership
• Vice-Chair, Sustainable San Mateo County

  President, University South Neighborhoods Group 
  Co-founded Community Center Neighborhood Group
  Planning and Transportation Commission for nine years, two terms as chair
  City Council Member 2008-2016

• Chair, Finance Committee 
• Chair, Policy and Services Committee 
• Chair, City Council Rail Committee  
• Chair, City/School Liaison Committee
• Chair, San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority  (flood control agency)
• Representative, Santa Clara County Emergency Preparedness Council
• Chair, Peninsula Cities Consortium on Rail
• Chair, Advanced Water Recycling Committees  
• Mayor, 2010, 2016

  Delegate to California Democratic Convention

Local government is where we have our greatest voice.  It provides our essential needs of public safety, good streets, clean water, and energy; and it is what makes us a true community: our parks, libraries, vibrant downtowns, and community centers. Our community is where we raise our families, develop friendships, and support each other. 

© Leo Hochberg,  https://hberg.com

I want to work with you to make Palo Alto fiscally sound, innovative, and environmentally sustainable so that we continue to be a welcoming, vibrant, inclusive community. That’s why I want to represent you.