Lenny Siegel served as Mayor of Mountain View from January 9, 2018 through January 8, 2019.
Siegel has resided in Mountain View since June 1972, owning his home in Old Mountain View since August, 1979.
He was married to Jan Rivers in June 1976; his daughter Misha Siegel-Rivers is 38; and his son Abram Siegel-Rivers is 33.
He served on the Mountain View Planning Commission from 1978-1980, and he was elected to the City Council in November, 2014, taking office in January, 2015.
He has been President of the non-profit Pacific Studies Center since 1970, and he has served as Executive Director of the Center for Public Environmental Oversight, a PSC project since 2006, since 1994. See www.cpeo.org for a compilation of Siegel’s environmental work, including the oversight of the cleanup of toxic groundwater in Mountain View and at Moffett Field. EPA named him national “Superfund Citizen of the Year” in 2011. His many publications include The High Cost of High Tech: The Dark Side of the Chip (Harper & Row, 1985), co-authored with John Markoff.
Siegel founded several local non-governmental organizations, including the Campaign for a Balanced Mountain View, Mountain View Voices for Peace and Justice, Mountain View Housing Justice Coalition, Alliance for a New Moffett Field, and the Save Hangar One Committee. He was a Bernie Sanders delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
He was an undergraduate in Physics at Stanford University from 1966 to 1969. At Stanford he was a leading member of numerous activist groups, including the Students for a Democratic Society, the Stanford Anti-Draft Union, and the April Third Movement.
Born on December 7, 1948, Siegel grew up in Culver City, California. He was a valedictorian at Culver City High School in 1966.