Stasek is currently in her second term on the Mountain View City
Council. She was elected to her first term in 1996 and served as the
Cityís Mayor for the year 2000.
She chairs the Councilís Technology Committee and serves as a
member of the Downtown, Finance, Moffett and Investment Review
Committees. She represents the city on the CalTrain Policy Advisory
Board and the Santa Clara County Emergency Preparedness Council which
addresses issues of Homeland Security for the county.
was born and raised in Northeast Pennsylvania and graduated from
Cornell University with a Bachelor's degree in Economics. She was a
Deanís List student and manager of the football and wrestling teams.
She is currently serving a 3-year term on the President's Council of
has worked for over a decade in the computer industry as a web
developer and system administrator for prominent high tech firms in
Silicon Valley. She spent
six years as an instructor at DeAnza Community College teaching
Introduction to Microcomputer Networks.
addition to serving on the Mountain View City Council, Stasek has a
broad history of political involvement, especially womenís issues
activism. In 1989 she
co-founded California Catholics for Free Choice and serves as state
director. She has served on the Board of Planned Parenthood Advocates
Mar Monte and the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of
Women. Her honors include
being named a Distinguished Woman of the 14th Congressional
District, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Rights Freedom of
Religion Award and the Alameda National Womenís Political Caucus
Pro-Choice Champion Award. She
was a nominee for the Silicon Valley Women of Achievement Award.
She was a candidate for the California State Assembly in March
1999 she was selected by the Secretary of Defense to participate in
the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, which took her to military
installations across the country and aboard an aircraft carrier in the
Pacific Ocean. She
broadened her knowledge of military affairs, especially issues
involving women in serving in the Armed Forces. She now serves as a
member of the US Air Force Space Commanders Group.
interest in international issues has taken her to Nepal, Ecuador,
France, Britain, Holland, Germany, Italy, The United Arab Emirates, The Czech and Slovak
Republics, Canada, Mexico, Thailand, Azerbaijan and Venezuela. In 1998
she traveled to Cuba as a member of a special women's delegation and
in May 2002 she was a member of a reconstruction delegation to
Afghanistan. She returned to Afghanistan in June 2003 to work on a
reconstruction project in the women's prison in Kabul and has made 2
additional trips in 2004.
is an award-winning food preserver and teaches classes on food
preservation including making jams, jellies and pickles. She
traveled to Afghanistan in June 2004 to teach Afghan women to make
preserves in an income-generating project.