Our Board of Directors

We meet every month except for 2-3 months in the summer.  All members are invited to attend: just send an email to the President to get directions for attendance.  We are happy to have more members participate! 
The next election for the Board of Directors is at our Annual Meeting in 2022.  Contact us.

Carol Watts


Carol joined the League after retiring from IBM while living in Los Altos in about 1994. She served on the board including two years as president of LWV Los Altos/Mountain View. She worked on several League web site projects: local, state, SmartVoter (precursor to VotersEdge), and League Easy Web. Moving to San Jose in 2004, she joined this League. She has served as President since 2019.

Taryn Upchurch

Vice President

Taryn joined LWVSJSC in 2020, and quickly became involved with the Pros + Cons team, the local governance study committee, as well as the legislative interview process. When she is not volunteering with LWVSJSC, Taryn works full-time as the director of outreach at Tru School in Palo Alto, and also runs her own management consulting business on the side.

Kathleen Muller


Kathleen's work has been in the field of nonprofit management, serving as Executive Director of both the San Jose Historical Museum Association and the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy. She serves on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. Previously, she was a member of the Board of San Jose Rotary Club, San Jose Downtown Association, Notre Dame High School and the Board of Fellows, Santa Clara University.

Julia O'Keefe


Julia is a longtime League member and resident of Santa Clara since 1973. She is a retired University Archivist (Santa Clara University) and teacher (Cupertino Union School District). In League she has worked on studies, been a member of the Speakers Bureau, and a TV producer/interviewer when the League TV program was called “Left Right, and Center”. She has been Secretary and is serving as Treasurer since 2018.

Vicki Alexander


Vicki is a longtime community volunteer working with organizations including the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority Citizens’ Advisory Committee, Cambrian Community Council, Save Our Shores, Yosemite Volunteers in the Parks, and Union and Campbell Union High School Districts. She has an MA in teaching and has spent the last 20 years managing a family-owned manufacturing business. She chairs the Climate Change and Local Governance Study committees.

Marie Arnold


Marie became LWVSJSC Membership Chair while attending her first Program Planning meeting in 2002. Information from another League gave her the idea of starting a monthly Lunch with League, featuring a guest speaker on a "hot button" issue. Marie also served two terms on San Jose's first Neighborhoods Commission for District 2. She is interested in voter registration and has registered students in high schools, at SJSU and Evergreen Valley College and at Naturalization ceremonies.

Gloria Chun Hoo


Gloria is the 2nd Vice President for LWV California, a past president of LWV San Jose/ Santa Clara, serving in a variety of League positions. She previously worked in marketing and public relations in both the private sector and in the museum field. For ten years she produced and hosted a public affairs program “Asian Focus” for the Boston CBS affiliate. She has served on the national board of the YWCA, the City of San Jose Planning Commission, and the Citizens’ Advisory Committee of the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. She currently chairs the Action Committee

Roma Dawson


Roma is a board member of the League of Women Voters of the Bay Area with a housing portfolio. Roma has an extensive background as a policy analyst and chief of staff for several City of San Jose officials and for Congresswomen Zoe Lofgren. She also has held marketing and communications positions with the San Jose Downtown Association and San Jose Conventions and Visitors Bureau. She previously served on our board as Program Director and currently leads our Housing/Homelessness committee.

Diane McNutt


Diane is a public relations and communications consultant with more than 40 years of experience in her own business, McNutt& Company, Inc. She was founder and coordinator of the Certificate in Marketing Communications program for 25 years and served 12 years on the Los Gatos Town Council including stints as Mayor in 2006 and 2010. She serves as our Communications Director publishing our newsletter, The VOTER, oversees the web site, and chairs the Public Events committee.

Sandy Mory


Sandy has been a League member since 2002, holding positions of Co-president, and Voter Service chair. Sandy has been the co-chair of the state convention and secretary/treasurer of the League County Council which consists of the five Leagues in Santa Clara County. She currently serves as Vice President, organizes our candidate forums, and serves on many committees.