Santa Cruz Values


Chair of the Coastal Watershed Council 

Embracing our historic & environmental center

Called for Increased Santa Cruz Mental Health Funding Advocated for and am supporting Measures G & H

Protected the Westside Trail 
Gathered 2,600 petition signatures in less than 3 days


Led Response to Gas Station Crime and Hoarder

Doing what it takes to make our neighborhoods safer

Founded First Nextdoor Neighborhood in Santa Cruz

Lower Escalona has 70% of its homes participating

Co-Founder of the Santa Cruz Dads Group

Recognized as Silicon Valley “Top Dad” in 2010

Active School Volunteer & PCS School Board Member

Taught Local Government at PCS, SJSU & Stanford ​

With my daughter Camille at the Santa Cruz Women's March

Leadership Experience

Municipal Problem Solver/Consultant 
Have assisted two dozen California cities on budgeting, restructuring, goal setting, and decision-making


City Manager of Los Gatos  
Built the new Los Gatos Library on time & budget

Maintained services through the Great Recession

Upgraded Police response and civic engagement


Santa Cruz Community Development Director

Launched the Santa Cruz Climate Action Program

Recommended approval of Tannery Housing Project

Facilitated retreats for Prevention of Violence Against Women


California Chief Deputy Controller 
Protected State services during budget impasse

Oversaw affordable housing, coastal and lands staffing


United Way Silicon Valley President & CEO 
Given GLBTQ “Hero Award” for fighting discrimination

Raised over $1.5 million for 9/11 First Responders 

City Manager of Milpitas 
Proposed first voter-adopted greenbelt in Silicon Valley

Approved new transit-oriented housing development


Scottsdale Community Development Director/CIO

Created the 3,000+ acre McDowell/Sonoran Preserve

Awarded national technology “Innovator of the Year”


Deputy City Manager of San José 
Created the Environmental Services Department 
Led multi-agency response to troubled neighborhoods


Lifelong Democratic Activist and Campaign Manager

Worked for Norm Mineta, Geraldine Ferraro & Leo McCarthy
Advised on start of Planned Parenthood political action
Conducted polling & rescue strategy for San José Arena

Stanford University Student Body Co-President

Fought for quality teaching & South African divestment

Taught rock-climbing to 150+ youth and adults


Eagle Scout 

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Paid for by Larson for Santa Cruz City Council 2018  FPPC # 1409203  Treasurer: Mayor David Terrazas