Cindy Chavez

Executive Director, South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council

Cindy Chavez is the Executive Director of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, an organization representing more than 100 unions and 110,000 union members in Santa Clara and San Benito counties. She is also former Vice Mayor of the City of San Jose. In 1998, she won her first election to San Jose’s City Council, where she and focused on building a great urban center by establishing standards for traffic calming, building affordable housing and promoting excellent schools. Four years later, she ran unopposed for re-election and was named vice mayor during her second term.

A "smart growth" advocate, Chavez marshaled talent, resources and native ingenuity to revitalize downtown neighborhoods and businesses that make up the heart of her San Jose district. She was instrumental in creating the Strong Neighborhoods Initiative, which engages residents in redevelopment efforts and for which San Jose has received national recognition. She has served as chair of the Valley Transportation Authority, a member of the Healthy Neighborhood Venture Fund, Guadalupe River Park & Gardens Task Force, Police and Fire Retirement Board, San Jose Beautiful, and as the Leader in Residence at San Jose State.