The 2017 Executive Board of Directors

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Joanne Benjamin

Joanne Benjamin Interim Executive DirectorCities Association of Santa Clara County


Joanne's municipal and regional government service includes 16 years as a councilmember and mayor for the Town of Los Gatos (1982-1998), president of the Santa Clara County Cities Association (1998), and Chair of VTA's Policy Advisory Committee (1998). After retiring from public office, she was the Executive Director of the Cities Association from 2005-2009 (i.e., Raania's predecessor) and later worked as transportation policy staff for County Supervisor Liz Kniss. She also established her own government relations consulting practice with clients Safeway, Recology, Waste Management, several smaller firms and individuals.

She is a former high school teacher (AP Economics and Government and Politics), past president of the California Association of School Economics Teachers, and is a regular attendee at Stanford’s annual Summer Economic Institute. She resides in Los Gatos with her husband Jim and enjoys golf, travel, and grandchildren.