About Mike

Described as having “a head for numbers and a heart for people,” Supervisor Mike Wasserman was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in November 2010, and re-elected in 2014, after serving eight years on the Los Gatos Town Council as Mayor and Councilmember. A businessman for more than 35 years, Mike has proven that balancing budgets and maintaining high-quality public services can be achieved when the focus is on the people you represent. He coined the phrase “Real. Life. Help.” to describe the services provided to residents by Santa Clara County, and reaches 40,000 residents with this information in his monthly electronic newsletter.

While on the Los Gatos Town Council, Mike championed numerous new projects including the  Youth Sports Park, LEED-certified gold Library, Police Station, Community Bus program, multi–award-winning, nationally recognized “Alive and Loving Life Project” and the “Town Hall in the Neighborhood” program all while maintaining a balanced budget. For creating the Town’s “Community Unity” program, Mike won the Helen Putnam Award from the League of California Cities.  In 2008, Mike received multiple awards for launching a community-wide outreach effort to educate the public about Project Cornerstone and the importance of developmental assets for young people.

Representing the County’s nearly 2 million residents on the Board of Supervisors, Mike serves as Chair of the Public Safety and Justice Committee and also sits on the Board of the South County Youth Task Force, a collaborative regional effort to reduce youth violence and gang membership. He has advocated for increased law enforcement protection for rural areas, and worked with the District Attorney’s Office to create the Family Justice Center to better serve victims of domestic violence.

Mike strongly supports the County’s agricultural heritage. When the Williamson Act was threatened in 2011, he advocated for farmers so they could continue farming their land. Working closely with the local wine industry, he championed the creation of the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail in 2014. Mike co-authored the policy to create an Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone to encourage urban farming. He also advocated for the development of the 287-acre Martial Cottle Park, California’s first agricultural park that informs and educates the public about the agricultural heritage of the Santa Clara Valley.

A recognized leader for solutions to homelessness, Mike has led efforts to fund innovative and highly successful programs to help people move from being homeless and disconnected to cared for and housed. He works closely with the organization Destination:Home and the “Housing 1000” campaign whose combined efforts led to more than 800 individuals finding homes and a documented 14% decrease in County-wide homelessness in just two years.

Committed to making government more open and efficient, Mike supported the 2011 Open Government Ordinance, and with the Planning Department, he led the effort to make significant improvements for the customer experience. He also pushed to make sure property owners receive their tax refunds faster. A strong supporter of the Regional Economic Development Initiative and the Small Business Development Center, Mike Co-hosted the 2012 County Economic Summit to retain and grow jobs for our local workforce.

During his time before public office, Mike spent more than 10 years volunteering as a sports coach for 300 kids on 25 youth teams. He was a Community Read-In participant, created the Zero Tolerance for Violence in Youth Sports program and has contributed in numerous ways to 100 different, nonprofit organizations. In recognition of all his community involvement, Mike has been voted “The Best Youth Sports Coach,” “The Best Volunteer,” and “The Best Civic Minded Citizen.”

Mike serves on 28 committees​ including President of the County Library District, Traffic Safe Communities Network, South County United for Health and the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency Governing Board. His District 1 covers 5 cities, and includes 350,000 people.

Mike has a degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California and was a Certified Financial Planner for 30 years. He has been married to his college sweetheart, Kim, for more than 36 years, and they have two adult children.

FPPC # 1355587 :: Re-Elect Supervisor Wasserman 2018 :: Banner photo credit: Peter S. Carter