Councilmember Anthony Phan

  1. Biography

    Anthony comes from a family of immigrant refugees, who fled to America to escape political persecution. After his father passed away, Anthony set out on a mission to make a difference in the community by engaging others to participate in advocacy and service. He is the first in his family to graduate high school and college and is very passionate about public education. Anthony participated in student theatre throughout high school and college, engaging in stage acting, improv, and sketch comedy. As a child, Anthony was slated to star alongside Patrick Swayze and Forrest Whitaker in the 2001 critically-acclaimed film, Green Dragon. However, his parents made him pass over the role, as they were concerned about him missing school during the filming process. In his free time, he enjoys sleeping, as he gets very little of it.

    City Boards & Commissions

    • Association of Bay Area Governments General Assembly Delegate, ABAG General Assembly
    • Santa Clara VTA, Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) [Alternate]
    • Selection Committee of Cities Assoc of SCC cities (term expires January 2025)


    • Graduate of UCLA, BA Political Science
    • Graduate of Stanford University, SIPP, Political Psychology Certificate
    • Graduate of Andrew P. Hill High School

    Work Experience

    • Present
      • Think 22 Silicon Valley – Executive Director
      • Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation (VIVO) – Director of Government Relations
    • 2016
      • United Auto Workers International
      • UCLA Graduate School of Education – Researcher

    Community Involvement & Awards

    • US Selective Service System – Governing Board of Member (appointed by President Obama in 2014)
    • Democratic State Central Committee – Governing Member (2013 to 2016)
    • City of San Jose – Library & Early Education Commissioner (since 2013)
    • East Side Union High School District – Board Audit Committee, Alternate Member (since 2014)
    • University of California Student Association Governing Board Member (2013)
    • Ve Nguon School of Vietnamese Language – Lecturer
    • Volunteer Citizenship Instructor
    • American Red Cross – Blood Donor

    Awards & Honors

    • Chess Champion – Tully Library Chess Tournament for Kids (2001)
    • Commendation from Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (2013, 2014)
    • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition (2012)
    • UVSA Conference – Keynote Speaker (2014)
    • Mochi Magazine – 25 Hottest Asian American Men Worth Watching (2015)
    • George C. Marshall Medal (2011)
    • Abrazos and Books Scholarship Recipient (2011)
    • Chi Am Foundation Scholarship Recipient (2011)
    • UCLA Academic Scholarship Recipient (2011)