Mar 02, 2021
Rod Diridon, Sr.Emeritus Executive Director (ret)
Rotary Climate Action Council

Rod Diridon, Sr.
Emeritus Executive Director (ret.) Mineta Transportation Institure (4/11/20)

His political career began in 1971 as the youngest person ever elected to the Saratoga City Council. He retired in 1995 because of term limits after completing five terms, six times chairing, both the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and Transit Board. He’s the only person to chair the San Francisco Bay Area´s (119 cities, 27 transit agencies, and 9 counties) three regional governments: The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Air Quality Management District, and the Association of Bay Area Governments. He chaired nine successful rail system development project boards. In 1995 the region’s main train station was renamed the “San Jose Diridon Station” upon his retirement. He’s now focused on combating climate change by convening the Rotary Climate Action Council.