Rod Sinks was elected to the Cupertino City Council in November 2011 and is currently serving as Vice Mayor. His first term on council will end in 2016 (term extended by 12 months due to election date change to even years).
I started my career as an engineer for ROLM after obtaining a liberal arts degree from Grinnell College and undergraduate and graduate engineering degrees from Stanford. Subsequently, I helped lead two high-tech start-ups from infancy to successful businesses in engineering management roles.
My ten years at Echelon, focused on smart networks for reducing energy consumption, concluded with a successful IPO in 1998. In twelve years at Omneon, I developed products for television producers and broadcasters. The venture resulted in a $270 million business recently acquired by Harmonic. My career has given me broad experience in teamwork, perseverance, budgeting discipline, critical thinking skills, general management, and leading innovation.
I had the good fortune to live, study and work in Sweden for 2 years while in college. My wife Britta (a German native) and I have two bilingual children attending Cupertino schools. I have been a resident and homeowner in Cupertino since 1987, and have actively worked to support our local schools and youth programs, such as leading the Adventure Guides Father-Daughter program for the local YMCA, with 300 members, in 2003-2004. For the past five years, I have been an adult scout leader of Boy Scout Troop 37, and Scoutmaster for the past two years, growing the program to 130 scouts and 45 trips annually. I have supported our schools and teachers, and in particular have worked to strengthen music programs. I volunteer my time to perform in the Bus Barn Theatre’s annual Follies fundraiser. I am a proud new member of the Cupertino Rotary Club, and look forward to investing my time and energy in its many programs which serve our community and world.
Last year, I co-founded Bay Area for Clean Environment (notoxicair.org), a grassroots environmental organization that is working to protect the community and its residents from pollution.