Lecturer AY-B, Political Science
Councilmember, City of San Jose
Board Member and Past Chair, Valley Transportation Authority
Vice President, Santa Clara County Cities Association
Executive Board Member, Association of Bay Area Governments
Board Member, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Additional Contact Information
Please leave any messages at 408-535-4903
Thursdays, 8:45-10:00 am -- Office: CJ 404M
Sam is a guest lecturer in the Spring and Fall semesters of 2011.
City Council and Committees
Councilmember Sam Liccardo represents San José's downtown district, District Three, on the San José City Council. In his tenure in office, Sam has played a leading role in initiatives to:
On the Council, Sam leads several key legislative bodies, which influence decisions made for the City and its neighborhoods:
Sam also holds leadership positions on several regional agencies, as:
Prior to winning election to City Council in November of 2006, Sam served as a prosecutor of sexual assault and child exploitation crimes in the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office. He previously worked as a federal prosecutor, and at private law firms. Sam's previous work in the community included tutoring homeless children, serving on the boards of several affordable housing organizations, and advocating for a successful countywide transit ballot measure in 2000.
Sam graduated from Bellarmine College Prep in San José, and attended Georgetown University, where he enjoyed his four years studying government and economics, and rowing on the heavyweight crew. Sam graduated from Georgetown magna cum laude in 1991. Two years later, he enrolled at Harvard Law School and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and graduated cum laude with a law degree and a master's degree in public policy. Sam returned to the Bay Area in 1996.
San Jose Resident
Sam and his partner, Jessica Garcia-Kohl, live in downtown's Northside, which boasts San Jose's oldest neighborhood association, a diverse, community-spirited group of residents, and many historic homes.