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"Vicki is skilled, experienced, trained, and committed at getting to 'yes.'"

Joe Simitian, Santa Clara County Supervisor


"Vicki is a woman of integrity. That's what we look for in those that are pursuing public office."

Anna Eshoo, United States Congresswoman




Meet Vicki

Vicki Veenker

I care deeply about our community. My husband, our two daughters, and I have been lucky to call Palo Alto home for the last 30 years. Our creative, talented, and diverse neighbors make Palo Alto both unique and world-class.

Despite our many assets, Palo Alto is falling short of its potential with slow progress toward our climate goals, unmet housing needs, and reduced library hours. I’m running for Palo Alto City Council because, like many of my neighbors, I know that we can do better. Together we can revitalize our city, lead on issues like climate, and be a welcoming community for the marvelously diverse residents who enrich Palo Alto.

I’m an innovator and a consensus-builder.

I have a track record of building consensus on tough issues. As a Director at Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, I convened Sacramento leaders to create a plan to rein in healthcare costs that became law this year. For over a decade, I’ve served as a mediator for the federal courts and the US International Trade Commission. 

My track record of innovation includes working with top inventors for more than 30 years as a patent attorney and launching new entities including Women’s Professional Soccer and Sibling Cities USA which aims to knit our country back together, two cities at a time.

My experience as a community leader makes me optimistic about moving our city forward.

  • I served as President and almost 20 years on the Board of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, which provides access to justice for underserved communities, including successful advocacy for the residents of the Buena Vista mobile home park in Palo Alto.
  • I saw the intellectual curiosity and caring of Palo Altans when I served as director of Palo Alto’s Great Decisions public discussion series, the local affiliate of the Foreign Policy Association’s annual program.
  • I worked with fellow Palo Altans to care for those in need when I served on the Outreach and other committees of my church which provided food, clothing and shelter for the unhoused.
  • I’ve advocated for those struggling with health issues when I served on the Fund Development and Advocacy committees of the Northern California and Northern Nevada chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
  • I served on the Board of Directors of WIREforWomen and the Advisory Board of FundHer to support women running for public office. 

Palo Alto is primed for a better future. I’m prepared to help us get there.



I'm honored to have earned endorsements from these officials, leaders, and neighbors.


314 Action Fund


Democratic Activists for Women Now (DAWN)

Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley

Evolve California

Fund Her

Jewish Democratic Club of Silicon Valley

The Mercury News

National Women's Political Caucus

The Palo Alto Weekly

Peninsula Young Democrats

Santa Clara County Democratic Party

Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters

Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter

Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club

South Bay Labor Council


The organizations below are not endorsing in this race, but have awarded Vicki's campaign the following distinctions:

2022 Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate

2022 Planned Parenthood: 100% rating



Joe Simitian

Joe Simitian

Santa Clara County Supervisor
Anna Eshoo

Anna Eshoo

Marc Berman

Marc Berman

State Assemblymember