Yiaway Yeh

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Yiaway Yeh
葉亞威
Born (1978-02-17) February 17, 1978 (age 36)
San Francisco, California, United States
Residence Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Nationality American
Education Gunn High School class of 1996
Alma mater

American University class of 2000,

Harvard University (MPP)

Yiaway Yeh (Chinese: 葉亞威; Yè Yàwēi [1]) is former mayor of Palo Alto, California. He was elected to office by the city council of Palo Alto on January 3, 2012.[2] Yeh is the second youngest mayor in Palo Alto history and the first Chinese American to hold the office.[1] He was born in San Francisco, and attended JLS Middle School and Gunn High School in Palo Alto.[3]

Yeh received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from American University's School of Public Affairs and his graduate degree in Master of Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Yeh volunteered for the Peace Corps in Burkino Faso developing local NGO's.[4]

Before being elected Yeh was working for the City of Oakland as an auditor.[1]

Yiaway Yeh moved to Nashville, Tennessee following his wife joining the faculty of the Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt University.[5]

Yiaway Yeh was appointed by Mayor Karl Dean of Nashville to head up the new Mayor's Office of Innovation announced on April 26, 2013.[6]

Yeh's parents are both first generation immigrants from Taiwan that came to the U.S. for graduate school.[7]

Of Hakka descent, Yeh's grandfather was born in Mei County, Guangdong, China in 1909 and moved to Taiwan in 1949 following the Chinese Civil War.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Sheyner, Gennady (January 3, 2012). "Yeh, Scharff to lead Palo Alto council in 2012". Palo Alto Weekly. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ Green, Jason (January 4, 2012). "Yiaway Yeh tapped as Palo Alto's next mayor". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ "About Yiaway Yeh". City of Palo Alto. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Speaker Biographies". Stanford University. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ Patterson, Jim. "New faculty: Cecilia Hyunjung Mo shares her late father’s passion for politics". Vanderbilt Research News. 
  6. ^ Garrison, Joey (April 26, 2013). "Dean's new Innovation Office aims at government efficiency, constituent needs". The Tennessean. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Leung, Kwokshu (January 4, 2012). "Palo Alto’s first Chinese American Mayor". KTSF. Retrieved April 5, 2014.