Councilmember Rod G. Sinks

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Rod Sinks

Second Term : Ends in December 2020
Served as Mayor in 2015
Served as Vice Mayor in 2014 and 2018

Rod champions issues including education, economy, housing, transportation, and environment

BA, Physics, Grinnell College 
BS, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
MS, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University


Rod helped lead two high tech start-ups from infancy to successful businesses in engineering management roles. He served the community as a Scoutmaster and YMCA Adventure Guides Leader for many years, and is a longtime member of the Cupertino Rotary Club. He helped found, and served as the first chair of, Silicon Valley Clean Energy and continues to represent Cupertino on the board. Rod also lobbied VTA to establish the SR85 Corridor Policy Advisory Board in 2016. He served as its first chair and continues to represent Cupertino on the PAB.

2020 Council Committee Assignments

  • Audit Committee
  • Comprehensive County Expressway Planning Study Policy Advisory Board (Alternate)
  • Economic Development Committee
  • Fiscal Strategic Planning Committee
  • League of California Cities – Peninsula Division

  • Santa Clara County Cities Association – Board of Directors (Alternate)

  • Santa Clara County Cities Association – City Selection Committee (Alternate)

  • Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority – Policy Advisory Committee (Alternate)

  • State Route 85 Corridor Policy Advisory Board

  • Silicon Valley Clean Energy Authority – Joint Powers Association

Regional Assignments 

  • Santa Clara County Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission 

  • Santa Clara County Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) – Board of Directors – Vice Chair

  • BAAQMD Stationary Source Committee – Chair

  • Bay Area Regional Collaborative – BAAQMD Appointee

Past Assignments

  • City of Cupertino Audit Committee

  • Santa Clara County Cities Association –Legislative Committee

  • Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority – Policy Advisory Committee

  • School Board Liaison – Cupertino Union School District, Fremont Union High School District, Foothill-De Anza Community College District