Jason Pu

Jason Pu was elected to the San Gabriel City Council in March of 2013 and began his term as Mayor in March of 2015. He was born in Pasadena, CA, grew up in Orange County and was captain of his high school football team. He now tries not to injure himself while playing softball with friends.

Jason graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1995 and from the UCLA School of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1999. As a student at Stanford, Jason helped to bring an Asian American Studies program to the university as a founding member of the Concerned Students for Asian American Studies and helped to organize students, faculty and staff as a founding member of Students Together Opposing Proposition 187. He also did volunteer work with the Haas Center for Public Service, the Support Network for Battered Women and the East Palo Alto Community Law Project. While at the UCLA School of Law, Jason worked at Public Counsel as a NAPIL/VISTA*AmeriCorps Summer Legal Fellow and was the Co-Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Law Students Association and a founding board member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County.

Jason began his professional career as a business attorney at Cooley LLP in Palo Alto, CA representing public and private technology companies, banks, venture capital firms and financial institutions. He also served as the firm’s Pro Bono Coordinator for FirstStop, a program of the San Mateo County Legal Aid Society providing free business and legal counseling to low-income micro-enterprises. He then worked for a small firm in Santa Monica, CA representing private companies and high net worth individuals before starting his own independent music label for Asian American artists. Jason now has his own practice as a business attorney and consultant for entrepreneurs and private investors in the areas of corporate, commercial, real estate and finance. He also devotes much of his personal time assisting nonprofit organizations, including as a pro bono attorney for Kids in Need of Defense representing a minor girl who was smuggled to the U.S. from China and as a supporter of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, Asian Youth Center, La Casa de San Gabriel and OCA – Greater Los Angeles.

Jason is also a dedicated family man and member of the community. His wife, Kathay Feng, is the Executive Director of California Common Cause whose motto is “Holding Power Accountable.” Together, they have a daughter who attends public school in the San Gabriel Unified School District. He chairs his daughter’s School Site Council and actively supports the school’s parent-teacher organization, whether by grilling 700 hot dogs for school picnics or donning a mad scientist costume for the school’s Trunk-or-Treat.

Jason’s top priorities for the City of San Gabriel are to fix its public infrastructure including its streets and sewers, promote local economic development to create jobs and fill empty commercial spaces and maintain public safety standards for the community. His vision for the City of San Gabriel is a vibrant and diverse community for everyone to live, work and play.