Mountain View, CA

email: rosemary@stasek.com

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Biography

Rosemary 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.

Stasek 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 Cornell Women.

Stasek 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.

In 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 2002.

In 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.

Stasekís 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.

Stasek 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.