I am excited to announce my campaign for California's State Assembly, District 24.
For nearly 25 years, I have been honored to work alongside so many of you to advance and improve our community, unique in all the world – Silicon Valley. Advising top inventors as an IP attorney, fighting poverty as President and board member of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, promoting sport and women's equality with the founding of Women's Professional Soccer, and resolving disputes as a volunteer mediator for federal courts, has been a privilege.
I am ready to apply my experience and passion for this region to bring a fresh perspective to Sacramento. Our state government is too often defined by the same old ideas and well-worn arguments, even as the challenges California faces continue to change. It's time we bring the spirit of innovation that has helped make Silicon Valley the economic engine of the world to the halls of California's Capitol.
With your support, I will be a champion for education, an informed voice on science, technology, and environmental issues, and a leader on advancing social justice.
Your support and encouragement to seek this office has been my inspiration, and now we need to build the momentum necessary to get to Sacramento. You can stay up to date with the latest on our campaign here, and I will continue reaching out with updates over the coming weeks and months.
Please join me in this campaign to advance both our District and our State in this time of great challenge, but of even greater potential, and invite your friends and colleagues to join, too.
With sincere thanks and regard –
Meet Vicki Veenker
Vicki has been working with Silicon Valley leaders for nearly 25 years to foster innovation and improve her community.
An Innovative and Experienced Leader
A leading patent attorney in Palo Alto, Vicki represents many of the Valley's top innovators in matters involving new technologies and breakthrough life science inventions. Vicki's clients have included a Nobel laureate, Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, and a low-income custodian whom she represented pro bono in an ADA and employment case.
Among other honors, California Law Business selected Vicki in 2002 as one of the state's Top 20 Lawyers Under 40.
Vicki's passion for providing equal opportunity for women and girls led her to help found Women's Professional Soccer, for which she served as General Counsel. Her work to give some of America's most talented, hard-working athletes a "league of their own" provided a training ground for many members of the US women's national team who went on to win the 2015 World Cup.
Focused on Community
As a community leader, Vicki has served as President and more than a dozen years on the Board of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, which provides access to justice in underserved communities and fights poverty. The Law Foundation provides free legal services to low-income clients - such as foster youth and victims of predatory lending - through its five programs: Fair Housing, Mental Health Advocacy, Public Interest Law Firm, Legal Advocates for Children & Youth, and Health Legal Services.
Additionally, Vicki currently serves on the Alzheimer's Association Fund Development Committee for the Northern California and Northern Nevada chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
Bringing People Together
As the daughter of two teachers, Vicki has a natural love of teaching and learning. That passion led her to serve as an Adjunct Professor at both UC Hastings College of the Law and Santa Clara University School of Law.
Both the International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California have appointed Vicki to their mediation panels. Her work brokering compromises on complex technology issues led Vicki to be named on the inaugural list of the world's leading technology neutrals by the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center, which she now serves as a Director.
Vicki is also proud to lead the Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions discussion series in Palo Alto, for which she recruits speakers to provide community education and a forum for public discussion on key international issues facing our world today.
Prior to her career, Vicki attended Georgetown University Law Center, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law & Technology and served as a Law Fellow. She earned a B.S. in Biochemistry and a B.A. in Political Science from Indiana University.
Vicki and her husband have two teenage daughters who have attended Palo Alto schools, and a rescue dog named Shadow.
Learn More About Vicki
Candidates vie for chance to represent District 24
Palo Alto Weekly
Crafting Solutions in IP Mediation: Spotlight on Vicki Veenker
Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals
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