Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg represents a diverse population of more than 400,000 residents in District 4. This district includes the unincorporated communities of Burbank and Cambrian as well as the cities of Campbell and Santa Clara and West San José.
Supervisor Ellenberg was sworn into office January 2019 following a decisive election win in November 2018. She serves as the Chair of the County’s Public Safety and Justice Committee and the Vice Chair of the Health and Hospitals Committee.
She currently serves as a commissioner on First 5 Santa Clara County, and sits on the boards of Joint Venture Silicon Valley and Silicon Valley Clean Energy.
Prior to her election to the Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Ellenberg served on the San Jose Unified School District Board of Trustees from 2014 to 2018, and as the Board President in 2018.
Supervisor Ellenberg served as a Commissioner on the Commission on the Status of Women. She is an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow, a Rotarian, and a member of Children’s Vision Council, advocating for programs and services to support vulnerable families in an effort to break the cycle of poverty.
Supervisor Ellenberg was born in Pittsburgh, PA and is a graduate of Barnard College and Columbia University School of Law. She fell in love with Santa Clara County’s culture of opportunity and inclusion and moved to San Jose in 1991. She has worked as a real estate and land use attorney and as a social justice educator.
Supervisor Ellenberg lives in San José with her husband, attorney Steve Ellenberg, and their two dogs, Lacey and Peaches. They have three young adult children: Zach (married to Ruth Ferguson), Molly and Naava.