Rosemary Kamei is committed to quality education and fighting for our students and families. She has dedicated her life to service and our community. As the Vice President of Innovation for Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) and as a County Board of Education Trustee, she continues to expand opportunities for youth in Santa Clara County and beyond.
Rosemary was first appointed to the County Board in May 2015, and was then elected in November 2016. She currently is serving as President of the Board. As President, Rosemary has prioritized transparency and accountability, creating stability in leadership, and increased student impact for Special Education, Foster Youth, and youth in our Alternative Education.
Prior to joining the County Board and SVEF, Rosemary was the Executive Director of Building Futures Now (BFN) in East Palo Alto. While at BFN, Rosemary provided direct services to English language learners, circumstances that reflected her own life growing up in the Bronx, with Spanish as her first language. She understands the obstacles faced by many families and students accessing a quality education when there are language or cultural barriers.
Rosemary grew up in the working class conditions similar to many immigrant families, yet hers crossed and combined cultures. Her father was Chinese and her mother is Puerto Rican, and they both worked incredibly hard to ensure their children had opportunity. Her parents instilled the priority of learning and education. Rosemary would go on to earn her degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and then relocated to California to Morgan Hill and start a family. Rising out from economic and learning barriers, she is a testament that through good education success can be achieved, and why she seeks to lift up our youth most in need.
Shifting her career in 2010 to the SVEF, initially as Development Director, Rosemary worked closely with businesses, foundations, individuals as well as various School Districts, teachers, staff, students and families to change the trajectory of students to close the achievement gap. Now as VP of Innovation, she is working to bring the latest tools and resources to support our students.
Beyond the importance of quality education, her parents also instilled within her and her sisters the value of service and helping others. From 1993 - 2010, Rosemary served on the Board of Directors of the Santa Clara Valley Water District. As an elected Director, she honed her skills to be a voice for her neighbors, and further invested in the community with her involvement with various nonprofits, the business sector, and serving on various government committees. Additionally, Rosemary has experience in the classroom, having taught for two years at San José State University.
Rosemary has experience in all levels of education and she has worked with all of the partners and advocates working hard each day to provide for our students and prepare them to be their best and learn.
Rosemary currently resides in West San Jose with her husband Tom. She has two grown children; Ellen who is continuing the family legacy of service as a Mountain View Councilmember, and Jonathan who is an electrical engineer, and gave Rosemary her first grandchild, Luna. Rosemary enjoys training as a cyclist or hiking in the beautiful open spaces of Santa Clara County, and she also enjoys travel, including her trips to Sacramento to advocate for our youth.
Trustee Area 3 covers Cambrian, Campbell Union, Luther Burbank, Moreland, Union and Campbell Union High school districts and a small portions of San Jose Unified and Santa Clara Unified.