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About Ken Chin

Ken Chin, an Aragon High School graduate, strives to give back to his community.

Ken is currently a San Mateo-Foster City School District Trustee and an extremely active community leader. After graduating from Aragon High School, he earned a B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning from UC San Diego.  Following college, he worked as a City Planner for the San Francisco Planning Department. After almost a decade of working in San Francisco, he longed for his home (San Mateo) and became a City Planner for the City of San Mateo Community Development Department.  

As a City Planner in San Mateo, Ken facilitated the approval of Mid-Peninsula's affordable housing development, Pen Station, and Kaiser's Medical Office Building at Bay Meadows. He updated the City's General Plan and worked to integrate sustainability into the City's procedures and policies.  

In 2010, Ken transitioned to the City of San Mateo Public Works Department to work as a Project Manager. In Public Works, Ken became a prolific grant writer, bringing in over $16,000,000 to the City for various programs and projects.  In 2014, he created the monthly Taste and Talk Speaker Series to engage with and educate the public and developed the Pedestrian Master Plan to improve pedestrian safety throughout the City. He also developed the Sustainable Streets Plan and managed the Active Transportation and Private Development Team, both of which aimed to make the City more sustainable and multi-modal.

Student safety was a major component of Ken's work while working for Public Works. When a student at LEAD Elementary (previously known as Horrall Elementary) was hit by a car and then pinned against the school sign, Ken worked with the school district, the City and the community to change the drop-off/pick-up vehicle circulation.  When a student was hit in the crosswalk at Meadow Heights, Ken worked with the school district to improve the safety and visibility of the crosswalk.  In fact, most of the recently implemented public infrastructure safety improvements around San Mateo schools have been the direct result of Ken's work.  Ken also worked with the Police Department to identify and allocate funds to create the first ever School Traffic Safety Office to patrol the schools during morning drop-offs and afternoon pick-ups.

In 2015, Ken's family's needs changed as his son entered kindergarten at Baywood Elementary, and ultimately Ken took a hiatus from his local government career to care for his son and younger daughter full time.  During this period, Ken's passion to make a positive community impact lead him to the San Mateo Leadership Program, where he graduated in 2017.  Ken has quickly become an engaged Community Leader and currently sits on numerous regional committees and boards, in addition to volunteering in his children's classrooms at Baywood Elementary and sitting on the school's Site Council.  In 2018, Ken competed against 17 other applicants to become a San Mateo-Foster City School District Trustee, where he has had the opportunity to focus on improving the education of all children in the San Mateo-Foster City School District.

In addition to his work on regional committees and boards, Ken loves coaching our youth. He coached Little League for 2 years and continues to be a soccer coach for AYSO.  Ken is a student mentor at Sunnybrae Elementary for their International Baccalaureate project and in 2019 received the PTA Honorary Service Award for his work at Baywood Elementary.

Ken's true passion is improving the community in which he lives, and he hopes to continue to serve the District and the students as Trustee.  


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