This year we are excited to lift up public transportation and honor a local pioneer in public transportation Supervisor Dave Cortese.
Supervisor Dave Cortese was first elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in 2008 and re-elected in 2012 and 2016. He is currently serving his third consecutive term as Board President. Prior to joining the Board, Cortese served eight years on the San Jose City Council, including two years as Vice Mayor, as well as eight years as a Trustee for the East Side Union High School District.
Cortese grew up in East San Jose as part of a family that has been active in civic, cultural and business activities for generations. He is married to Pattie, an East Side Union High School District Board Member, and has four children. His strong local roots and love for Santa Clara County fuel his passion for public service.
Cortese was educated at Bellarmine College Prep and UC Davis where he earned a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Political Science. He earned his Juris Doctorate at Lincoln University Law School in San Jose.
He is a member and immediate past president of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, sits on the Association of Bay Area Governments’ Executive Board, the National Association of Counties’ Transportation Steering Committee, and is an alternate on the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.
On the Board of Supervisors, Cortese serves as Chair of the Housing, Land Use, Environment and Transportation Committee and Vice Chair of Children, Seniors and Families Committee. As Board President, he has brought the community together to end homelessness, reform the County’s Custody Operations and fight for the rights of immigrants.