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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of CampbellCandidate for City Council

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Anne Souza

Business Manager
5,916 votes (18.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Creative solutions for affordable housing and managed growth that still maintain the heritage of Campbell
  • Neighborhood traffic safety making Campbell a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly community
  • An updated Library and Police Station for a stronger and safer Campbell

Experience

Experience

Profession:Business Manager
Manager, California Sports Center (1999–current)
Commissioner, Campbell Civic Improvement Commission — Appointed position (2015–current)
Gymnastics Coach, West Valley Gymnastics (2003–1999)
Teacher/Campus Minister, Bellarmine Jefferson High School (1991–1993)
PE Teacher, Santa Teresita & Sacred Heart School (1991–1991)
Teachers Aid for 4th grade and Special Education, Beverly Hills School District (1988–1989)

Education

UCLA Dance (1988)

Community Activities

Member, Junior League of San Jose (2017–current)
member, Campbell Union High School District Work Experience Advisory Board (2012–current)
Social Media/Communications, Campbell Village Neighborhood Association Board (2014–2016)
Volunteer, Juvenile Hall (2008–2012)

Biography

Anne grew up in Santa Clara County where her mom retired from Hewlett Packard Inc. and her dad from Lockheed Martin. She graduated from Saint Francis High School in Mt. View.

After UCLA, Anne held the following positions in education:

  • Teacher’s aide in Special Education for Beverly Hills School District
  • Teacher for Sacred Heart & Santa Teresita in East Los Angeles
  • Teacher, Department Head, and Campus Minister at Bellarmine Jefferson High School in Burbank

Anne missed where she grew up and wanted to raise her son in
Northern California; in 1993 she moved back to Santa Clara County. She has worked for California Sports Center since 1999 as an instructor, movement specialist, and manager. She has presented workshops on the importance of movement in education, conflict resolution, creating personal and professional mission statements, and being a highly effective teacher. As a manager, she has hired hundreds of high school and college students, giving many of them their first job. Because of the work she has done with hiring youth, she was asked to be on the Campbell Union High School District Work Experience Program Advisory Board. In the summers of 2017 & 2018, she took on 2 interns through the STRIVE Program.

She lost her first husband to suicide in 20014.  Having been a single mother and widow, she understands the struggles of supporting for a family both financially and emotionally. Her son, Tyler, now 28, went to Saint Francis High School and competed in gymnastics for Springfield College in Massachusetts, where he was a 15-time All American and 3 time USAG Collegiate National Champion. He also competed on season 9 of American Ninja Warrior and currently coaches at California Sports Center.

In 2016 Anne married Kevin Souza who grew up in Campbell and graduated from Prospect High School. They live in Campbell Village, the newest annexed part of Campbell. She got involved with the Campbell Village Neighborhood Association and was elected to the board as communication/social media specialist.

In 2015, she was appointed to the Civic Improvement Commission and is currently the chair. She worked with the Campbell Youth Commission to host 2 annual youth job fairs along with resume writing and interviewing workshops held beforehand. In its second year, the Campbell Youth Job Fair had 22 business and 152 students from 20 high schools attend. While on the commission, Anne has helped with the creation of Campbell’s Art policy, awarded grants for the beautification pilot program, prepped and sponsored boxes for the “Art outside the box,” and recommended grants for agencies that help with social services in Campbell. She has a special interest in the Campbell Library and loves getting the updates during the CIC meetings. One of her top priorities is for the Campbell Library to have an updated facility in order to help meet the needs of the 1000 visitors it serves each day.

Volunteering and being of service is something that was instilled by her parents. Anne and her family are committed to keeping Campbell a desirable place to live while addressing the pressing need for affordable housing and homelessness.

 

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (2)

  • Santa Clara County Democratic Party
  • Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley

Elected Officials (5)

  • Council Member Susan Landry - City of Campbell
  • Congress Woman Anna Eshoo
  • Assembly Member Evan Low
  • County Supervisor Ken Yeager
  • VIce Mayor Rich Waterman

Individuals (4)

  • Sharon Teeter - Former Civic Improvement Commissioner
  • Alan Zisser - Former Civic Improvement Commissioner
  • Ann Herosy - Former Civic Improvement Commissioner
  • Jason Baker - former Mayor of Campbell

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am a candidate who cares. As a commissioner, I am aware of the many needs of the City of Campbell. I was raised in a family that believed in service to others.. I want to serve on the City Council to help plan for Campbell’s future. I am committed to the community and dedicated to progress. I am open minded and will listen to all sides of the issues. I come prepared and will work with the other members of City Council on creative solutions. Keeping our communities safe is important to me. We need managed growth to help with affordable housing while keeping safety and traffic calming measures in mind. The employed homeless has increased tremendously in our neighborhoods. We need solutions that help our economy and wellbeing. I want to be the voice for those that need to be heard. I am inspired by the Youth of Campbell and hope that the City Council will consider the future of our youth as decisions are made. I want the elderly to be able to afford to live in Campbell and keep our recognition as an elder-friendly city. I grew up in Santa Clara County. I want to still be able to recognize the area I grew up. The heritage of Campbell is unique and we need to keep that in mind when decisions are made. Lastly, I want to see the renovation of the Campbell Library come to fruition. It is the gathering place of our community and its services are invaluable.

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