Full Circle Fund Member Elected New Mayor of Palo Alto

Full Circle Fund is excited to share that our member Sid Espinosa was unanimously elected by the Palo Alto City Council as the new Mayor of the city on January 4, 2011.

For the past year, Sid has been the Vice Mayor of Palo Alto, where he has been a leader in establishing public-private partnerships and creating bridges between businesses, non-profits, government agencies, and the community. At Full Circle Fund, Sid is a Member of the Environment/Energy Circle where he has contributed philanthropic expertise as well as resources. Most recently he made possible the hosting of our September 2010 Inspiring Leaders Series Event at Microsoft's San Francisco corporate offices (photo appears below).

Sid is a widely recognized expert in philanthropy and corporate social responsibility, having previously served as the Director of Global Philanthropy for Hewlett-Packard and as the current Director of Citizenship for Microsoft.

While the Palo Alto Mayorship is largely a ceremonial role, Sid has a long history in politics and public policy. He has previously served in the Clinton White House, the Justice Deparment as an advisor to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, and a U.S. Ambassador's office. In these and other roles, he has created strategic programs to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in non-profits and schools on every continent around the world.

In addition to being a Full Circle Fund Member, Sid serves on numerous nonprofit, business, and industry association boards, and he holds degrees from Wesleyan University (where he is on the board of trustees), and Harvard University.

Congratulations, Mayor Espinosa!

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