City Council Member, Menlo Park
Ray Mueller is a California native, and has been a resident of the Bay Area for over 20 years.
In 2006, Ray and his wife, Kristen, moved their young family to Menlo Park, “because of the schools, parks, trees, and small town charm.” Ray was elected to the Menlo Park City Council as the lead vote getter in the 2012 election. He served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2013, and as Mayor of Menlo Park in 2014. Today, he again serves the residents of Menlo Park as a Councilmember.
Since joining the City Council, Ray has focused on preserving the historical character of Menlo Park, while expanding the economic opportunity for Menlo Park small business owners and improving the services and retail available to the residents of Menlo Park.
He has both initiated and supported efforts to hold more community events downtown, add expanded outdoor seating for restaurants, and create greater flexibility for retailers. Ray also initiated the holding Quarterly Small Business Round Tables.
While serving on City Council, Ray also has made a special effort to reach out to the youth of community by holding Town Halls at numerous public schools and creating and instructing leadership classes for youth at the Boys and Girls Clubs in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto.
Menlo Park’s public safety efforts also have vastly improved during Ray’s tenure on the City Council. His leadership was instrumental in the opening of the new police substation and community service center in Belle Haven.
In addition to his duties on the City Council, Ray is also proud to serve on the Board of Directors of InnVision Shelter Network, the leading provider of shelter/housing and supportive services across Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula. IVSN operates 18 sites from San Jose to Daly City, providing interim and stabilization shelter for those in need of help, such as mothers and children escaping domestic abuse, to families who are newly unemployed.
Public service is a family affair in the Mueller household. Ray’s wife, Kristen, recently was honored as “2014 School Administrator of the Year” for San Mateo and San Francisco Counties, for her work in local public schools.
Ray’s service to Menlo Park began prior to his election to City Council. In 2010, Ray was appointed to the Menlo Park Transportation Commission. During his tenure, the Commission tackled complex and diverse issues, including Facebook’s expansion into Menlo Park, the El Camino Real Downtown Specific Plan, the Willows Traffic Study, and Stanford Hospital Expansion. It was during this time period that Ray established himself as a problem solver, unafraid to travel out into the community to dissect an issue and build consensus around a course of action.
Ray was elected Chair of the Menlo Park Transportation Commission in 2012.
Professionally, Ray works in a senior leadership role for an education technology company. In the past he worked as Chief of Staff to Santa Clara County Supervisor and former State Senator S. Joseph Simitian, tinkered as a product strategist and inventor for a human factors/product design firm here in the Silicon Valley, and practiced law.
While in law school, Ray was one of the founders of the Hastings Society for Legislative Scholarship, which later became the Hastings Government Law Society. Ray also performed internships at the Public Law Research Institute in San Francisco, and at the Legislative Counsel’s Office in Sacramento.
- Director, InnVIsion Shelter Network
- Chair, Menlo Park Transportation Commissioner
- Las Lomitas Education Foundation Board Member
- Ravenswood Education Foundation Development Team Member
- Organizer – Santa Cruz Avenue Neighborhood Association
- Pro-Bono Attorney – San Mateo County Domestic Violence Collaborative
- Government Official Co-Host of 7 Healthy Community Forums organized by the Sierra Club.
- Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce Downtown Block Party Organizing Committee
- University of California, Berkeley, College of Natural Resources: B.S., Bio-Resource Sciences
- University of California, Hastings College of the Law: Juris Doctor, Civil Litigation Concentration