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Liccardo, Sam T.

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

Phone Number(s)
Please leave any messages at 408-535-4903

Office Hours
Thursdays, 8:45-10:00 am -- Office: CJ 404M

Sam is a guest lecturer in the Spring and Fall semesters of 2011.



  • . Harvard Univ, 1996
  • J.D.
    Harvard Law School, 1996
  • Master of Public Policy
    Harvard Univ, 1996
  • Bachelor of Arts, Government, minor Economics
    Georgetown Univ, 1991

Licenses & Certificates

  • Calif State Bar Association
    United States, 1996


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:

  • promote the creation of affordable housing;
  • expand BART to San Jose;
  • implement private-sector-led bike-share and car-share programs Downtown;
  • launch an incentive program that has lured over 50 employers Downtown in 2011;
  • create an innovative program to employ homeless residents in cleaning San José's Coyote Creek;
  • build new parks and trails with an innovative financing system that avoids increasing maintenance costs for the General Fund;
  • incentivize banks to provide foreclosure mitigation for San Jose residents;
  • revise San Jose's blueprint for development by co-chairing the Envision 2040 task force that updated San Jose's General Plan for the first time in 17 years; and
  • mandate re-usable bags in San Jose stores,

On the Council, Sam leads several key legislative bodies, which influence decisions made for the City and its neighborhoods:

  • Chairperson of the Council's Transportation and Environment Committee
  • Vice Chair of the Community and Economic Development Committee
  • Co-chair of the Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan Update Task Force

Sam also holds leadership positions on several regional agencies, as:

  • President of the Santa Clara County Cities Association
  • Board Member of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
  • Board Member and past Chair of the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)
  • Executive Board Member of the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)

Professional Experience
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.