I learned the importance of civic engagement from my mom and dad. They raised me in the small, tightly knit community of Bethel, Connecticut, where my mother was actively involved in my school and my father served on several town committees.
After studying political science at Oberlin College, I went to the University of Chicago where I receive a law degree and a Masters in Public Policy. For five years I was a corporate attorney on Wall Street before pursuing more entrepreneurial endeavors and starting my own family.
After our daughter was born, my wife, Nihal, and I moved to San Anselmo for the same reasons that a lot of young families do: the quality of life and great public schools. We were also lucky enough to find and send our daughter to San Anselmo Pre-School (SAPS). San Anselmo also has an excellent selection of private schools offering a variety of approaches to instruction.
With my background in law and public policy, it wasn’t long before I got involved in our town government. I joined the San Anselmo Economic Development Committee (EDC) because I wanted to use my experience in business to help our local businesses thrive.
Through my work on the EDC I learned that a lot of people in our town feel disconnected from the San Anselmo town government and especially the Town Council.
In a small tightly knit community like ours everyone should understand how the Town Council works for them be able to have a voice in how our town is run.
What does the Town Council do? How are laws made? How are they enforced?
Town Council is the legislative body responsible for setting the vision for the town, town policies, and adopting the town budget. The San Anselmo Town Council is composed of five members elected by the entire community. The Town Manager answers directly to the council and implements and oversees policy.
Our Town Council represents our local community on matters of concern to stakeholders such as residents and local businesses. These include planning and monitoring (e.g., Community Facilities Master plan, Median Master Plan), service delivery such as local road maintenance and the public library, lawmaking and enforcement (e.g., land use, noise, housing), open space, and more. The Council can also prioritize areas such as measures to improve bike and pedestrian safety, and reinforcing economic health by showing support for business and economic sustainability.