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Hon. Dennis W. Chiu is a former elected official, attorney, and community leader. He was elected to the largest healthcare district in California with 24,908 votes in 2012 and re-elected in 2016 without opposition. The special district he represented included all or portions of Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Cupertino, and Palo Alto.

Dennis's current community activities include serving on the board of directors of the Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI). At APALI, from January to March of each year, he co-leads a three-month civic leadership development training program to build a pipeline for AAPI and Latinx community members in the nonprofit, education, and government sectors, and from October to November of each year, he leads a two-month nonprofit board of directors training to increase AAPI representation on not-for-profit boards. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors of the BAYMEC Community Foundation where he assists in the preservation of LGBTQIA+ history.


Dennis has experience in the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. He has practiced law in California since 1997 in law firms and as in-house counsel. Dennis served 13-years as Chair and Commissioner on the Santa Clara County Planning Commission, 5-years as Vice Chair and Boardmember of the El Camino Health Board of Directors, 5-years as Principal Consultant and Senior Staff in the California Legislature, and 4-years as Chair and Commissioner on the Sunnyvale Housing and Human Services Commission.


He has been recognized a number of times for his community service. In 2016, the Association of California Healthcare Districts named Dennis "Trustee of the Year" for the entire state. He has been presented resolutions from the California State Assembly, County of Santa Clara, and City of Sunnyvale.

Dennis received a Bachelors of Arts in History and Political Science from UCLA, a Juris Doctor from the Santa Clara University School of Law, and completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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