Lunch with Ken Yeager

Lunch with Ken Yeager

Ken Yeager earned a B.A. in political science from San José State University and an M.A. in sociology and a Ph.D. in education from Stanford University. Prior to his public service career, he taught full-time in the Political Science Department at SJSU for 12 years.

Ken was the first openly gay elected official in Santa Clara County. He was first elected to public office in 1992 as a Trustee of the San José/Evergreen Community College District and served for two terms from 1992-2000. He then served for six years on the San José City Council–first elected in November 2000 and re-elected to a second term in 2004. Two years later, Ken was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors where he served as Board President in 2010 and 2013. He served for a total of 12 years, finishing his last term in 2018.

Besides holding elected office, Ken has completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, as well as the Ethics in Public Service Program sponsored by the Josephson Institute of Ethics.
Ken has published two books: Trailblazers: Profiles of America’s Gay and Lesbian Elected Officials, Child Care and Electoral Politics at the Local Level. He has also published two personal political memoirs: The Long Struggle for LGBTQ Equality in Santa Clara and Battle Against HIV/AIDS: A Look Back at the First Decades of the Santa Clara County Experience. His most recent book is an autobiography, Run! My Story of LGBTQ+ Political Power, Equality, and Acceptance in Silicon Valley.

In 2019, Ken returned to San José State, where he teaches the popular Local Politics and Government class. That same year, he became executive director of the non-profit arm of BAYMEC, the BAYMEC Community Foundation, where he created the LGBTQ+ website QueerSiliconValley.com, curated an LGBTQ+ museum exhibit, and produced the documentary film Queer Silicon Valley. The Foundation is now focused on creating rotating exhibits that can be displayed in their new retail space in downtown San Jose.

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WHEN
August 09, 2024 at 12:00pm - 1:30pm
WHERE
Michael's at Shoreline
2960 N Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA 94043
United States
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