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  Kishimoto, Yoriko
NameYoriko Kishimoto
AddressPO Box 51623
Palo Alto, California , United States
Website [Link]
Born Unknown
ContributorHikikomori Blitzkrieg!
Last ModifedHikikomori Blitzkrieg!
Apr 14, 2010 01:02am
Tags Japanese - Married - Straight -
Info(from campaign website)

Yoriko Kishimoto immigrated to the United States from Japan with her family as a young child. She was an avid reader and student, and went on to earn her bachelors degree from Wesleyan and an MBA from Stanford University. After school, Yoriko served as a management consultant for technology entrepreneurs on both sides of the Pacific for twenty years, helping new businesses launch global partnerships. She also co-authored The Third Century: America’s Resurgence in the Asian Era, a groundbreaking book on America’s strength as an open economy and diverse society during a time of great change.

Yoriko started her life as a community activist when she received a postcard from the City of Palo Alto saying they planned to raise the speed limit on her family’s residential street. As the mother of two toddlers at the time, she decided to stand up and do something about it. She worked with friends and neighbors to shed light on the issue and ensure the City Council preserved their safe streets. They were successful.

Now, after serving as Mayor and on the Palo Alto City Council for seven years, Yoriko is running for State Assembly in District 21 for the same reason she first got involved: she knows that where there’s a problem – there’s always a solution.

Yoriko Bike

Yoriko Kishimoto: A lifelong environmentalist dedicated to making our community healthier and more livable by making our streets more walkable and more bikeable.

In Yoriko’s time serving the city of Palo Alto, she remained faithful to her mission of building a green economy through innovation and she has improved city services while preserving a balanced budget. She successfully forged coalitions for positive change with neighborhood groups, schools, environmentalists, business leaders and regional agencies. She has promoted cleantech and clean energy businesses, walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, zero waste programs, green building ordinances, community buses, farmers markets, and other measures to grow our creative economy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, mitigating traffic and minimizing the impact on our natural environment.

Yoriko serves on the Board of Directors for Santa Clara County's Valley Transportation Authority and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which oversees clean air regulations for the region’s nine counties. She is chair of BAAQMD's Climate Protection Committee and a member of its Joint Policy Committee. Yoriko knows we need a new vision to address the environmental challenges facing California. That is why she is focusing on making green jobs a priority and working to make the Bay Area and California the leader in the clean technology revolution.

Yoriko currently resides in Palo Alto with her husband Lee Collins and daughters Maya and Sarah Collins.

Maya, Yoriko, Lee and Sarah


2007 Ben Lefkowitz Award for Bicycle Advocacy, Western Wheelers Bicycle Club

2007 Women’s Leadership Award, Cardea Center for Women



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