About Rosemary

Rosemary Kamei is a dedicated public servant with deep policy experience and roots in San Jose Council District 1.  She has served as a Planning Commissioner, Water District Director, and is currently a Trustee on the Santa Clara County Board of Education. She also serves as President of the Baker West Neighborhood Association.

Rosemary grew up in the Bronx, New York but has lived her entire adult life in Santa Clara County. Her father immigrated to the United States from China and her mother is from Puerto Rico. Her first language was Spanish and as an English Language Learner, she understands the obstacles many families face as they seek to achieve a good education and secure a great future for their children.


Rosemary and her husband Tom with their daughter Ellen and son-in-law Chris

Rosemary owned and operated a small nursery business for many years, she’s been a college professor, and has spent the last few years working for the Silicon Valley Education Foundation to improve the quality of education for students furthest away from access and opportunities.

Rosemary is about action, not talk.  She is about finding solutions and collaborating with the community. She's running for City Council to serve the District with a simple plan:  listen, lead, and act.  The time for change in San Jose begins now, with a focus on quality of life:

  • Decreasing homelessness by increasing services and shelter spaces and cleaning up our parks and public spaces.
  • Improving public safety through foot patrols, community policing, intervention programs, and investments in opportunity.
  • Improving our streets and roads by dedicating city revenues to the basics:  pothole repairs, road maintenance, and traffic reduction improvements.
  • Increasing access to quality education by working closely with the County, local School Districts, and the State to bring increased funding to San Jose for student wellness, early childhood education, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs, and school-to-career opportunities. 

On weekends, she can be found training as a cyclist or hiking in the beautiful open spaces of Santa Clara County. Rosemary and her husband Tom are the parents of two grown children, Ellen and Jonathan, and the proud grandparents of three grandchildren.