Madison Nguyen

Councilmember, City of San José

In September 2005, Madison Nguyen (33) received 63% of the votes cast in a special election, becoming the first Vietnamese American to serve on the San José City Council. Since she took office, her life has been non-stop with neighborhood meetings, community events, committee assignments, and staying on top of policy issues at City Hall.

Madison currently serves as the City of San Jose's representative on the Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Policy Advisory Board (BART) as well as Chairwoman of the Public Safety, Finance and Strategic Support Committee; Vice-Chair of the Neighborhood Services and Education Committee; and serves as a liaison on the San Jose Beautiful Commission, Mobile Home Commission, Housing and Community Development Committee, Traffic Appeals Commission, Small Business Development Commission and the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Treatment Plant Advisory Commission.

Prior to coming to the City Council, Madison served as President of the Franklin-McKinley Board of Education. As well as being an active member of the Board of Education, Madison worked full time as an Associate Ombudsperson with the County of Santa Clara's Office of Human Relations, served as a member of the United Way Silicon Valley Community Advisory Board, and the Asian American Community Advisory Council at San Jose State University. Madison has also taught Sociology and Vietnamese American Culture at both De Anza and Evergreen Valley community colleges.

Born in Vietnam, Madison and her family immigrated to the United States in the early 1980's. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her Masters Degree in Social Science from the University of Chicago. She was the first Vietnamese woman elected to public office in California in 2002.

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