Wednesday, November 18, 2015

San Mateo County Harbor Board appoints new commissioner

The daily Journal (San Mateo County, Staff, 11/18/15. "Harbor District appoints new commissioner: Menlo Park resident Virginia Chang Kiraly, fire district president, chosen."

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Virginia Chang Kiraly
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"The San Mateo County Harbor District has a new commissioner after the board narrowly appointed Menlo Park resident Virginia Chang Kiraly Monday night.  Kiraly, a former senior director for NASDAQ, was one of six who applied to fill the vacancy left by former commissioner and marine biologist Nicole David, who resigned last month after less than a year in office.

Kiraly will have double duty as she’s currently serving as the president of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District’s board — another special district that oversees fire services in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. Kiraly was sworn in Monday and, in her application, noted there wouldn’t be a conflict of interest as the Harbor and Fire districts meet on different nights.

After a nearly three-hour long special meeting to interview the candidates, the board voted 3-1 to appoint Kiraly. Board President Tom Mattusch as well as commissioners Pietro Parravano and Robert Bernardo voted in Kiraly’s favor, while Commissioner Sabrina Brennan dissented.   Read more.

RelatedSilicon Valley Business Journal/Women of Influence, 4/3/15, "Menlo Park Fire Protection District's Virginia Chang Kiraly Women of Influence 2015." "As president of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board of Directors, her primary job is to represent and serve the needs of residents in the communities of Atherton, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and sections of San Mateo County in order to protect and preserve life and property from the impact of fire, disaster, injury and illness. As a basic public service, her job is also to ensure that the fire district is financially sustainable now and for the future. .... Career path: Former foreperson of the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury; former senior director of the NASDAQ Stock Market and worked at some of the country’s leading financial institutions; serves on the boards of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, California State Parks Foundation and the El Camino Youth Symphony."

Note photograph of Virginia Chang Kiraly from the above related Silicon Valley Business Journal article.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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