North Fair Oaks Community Council

In June of 1987, the Board of Supervisors of the County of San Mateo, as part of the Community Development Block Grant Program, authorized the development of a special committee to study the Economic Strategies in North Fair Oaks. Two task forces were formed to develop a number of action-oriented strategies that could be implemented within 1-2 years. In February of 1988, the Board of Supervisors accepted the committee's final report and acted on the recommendation to form a permanent entity to develop long-term economic strategies by active partnerships among community members and the private sector. Resolution #54597, passed on December 11, 1990, established a Municipal Advisory Council for the unincorporated North Fair Oaks Community. That council is now known as the North Fair Oaks Community Council. The Council's initial resolution #63547 was revised in 2002 and again on February 10, 2009 through resolution #039914.

The North Fair Oaks Community Council provides recommendations on the issues of community health, safety, welfare, public works and planning for the North Fair Oaks geographic area. It holds regular monthly meetings to address the needs of the community, act as a forum, and serve as an advisory body to the Board of Supervisors. The Council has nine members and one non-voting youth member. All members must be residents or business owners in the North Fair Oaks area. Council members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors for three-year terms with a maximum of 12 years. Regular meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month at the Fair Oaks Community Center, 2600 Middlefield Road, Redwood City from 7-9 p.m. Meetings are publicly noticed, comply with the Brown Act, and are televised on PenTV on Monday nights at 10 pm on Comcast Cable Channel 26. Regular meetings can be viewed online anytime - on this website.

Board of Directors

Linda Lopez

Chair, North Fair Oaks Community Council
llopez@NFOCouncil.org

Linda Lopez is a long time community activist/advocate for North Fair Oaks and communities of color.  She is a former San Mateo County Superior Court employee and is currently employed with Service Employee’s International Union, Local 521.   Linda serves as a member of the North Fair Oaks Community Council, San Mateo County Housing Community Development Committee, the Executive Board of El Concilio of San Mateo County and the North Fair Oaks Community Plan Implementation Committee.  

Rafael Avendano

Vice Chair, North Fair Oaks Community Council
ravendano@NFOCouncil.org

Rafael Avendano, Youth Program Director, manages the afterschool and summer programs for Siena Youth Center of the St. Francis Center. Rafael Joined the St. Francis Center in January of 2012. He knows firsthand what the impact of not having anything to do after school can mean. He brings enthusiasm, charisma, and passion to his work of creating quality sports programs and enrichment programs for youth and adults. Rafael believes that with the support of the community the youth can achieve their dreams. His drive and unique teaching ability has helped him inspire children and adults to find the confidence they need to be risk takers and engage in things they have never done before. Rafael currently holds his Bachelor’s in Science degree in public management with a specialization in human resources degree from Colorado State University.

Beatriz Cerrillo

Secretary, North Fair Oaks Community Council
bcerrillo@NFOCouncil.org

Beatriz Cerrillo is a long time resident of North Fair Oaks and has served on the council since 2006. She is the school librarian at Fair Oaks and Garfield Elementary School Ms. Cerrillo believes in life long learning, reflected through her BA from Santa Clara University; post graduate credits in the teacher credential program from Notre Dame University; and Library Technician Program certificate from San Francisco City College. She has been a board member of the Girls’ Middle School, a private girls’ school in Palo Alto, for 6 years and participated on the PTA and School Site Councils for the school district. She was recognized by the school board for her 30 years of service and received an award from San Mateo County for coordinating the Mother Daughter Program at Fair Oaks School. The program, with the assistance of a federal grant, provided guidance and activities for 5th grade Latina girls and their mothers on how to attend college. She currently participates on the zoning work group. As a member of the Council, her goal is to affect positive change by encouraging residents to get involved in current projects and serve as a liaison for residents to ensure they have a voice in their local government. Ms. Cerrillo looks forward to a more healthy and vibrant community.

Laura Caplan

Council Member
lcaplan@NFOCouncil.org

Laura Caplan, MPH, has been a member of the Council since 2004. Laura is a local Realtor® who has been involved for many years in community and neighborhood service initiatives. She has served on several non-profit boards, including the Fair Oaks Beautification Association (FOBA) where she spearheads the annual fundraising effort for the FOBA community-built playground and park in North Fair Oaks. A former health educator and trainer, Laura also spent many years working in marketing communications, public relations, management consulting, writing, and life coaching. 

Dale Miller

Council Member
dmiller@NFOCouncil.org

Dale was appointed to the North Fair Oaks Council in December 1996. He was elected as Chairman in 1999 and served three consecutive terms. During his first term he designed and created the first council website. He has participated in the North Fair Oaks Cultural Festival, community clean-ups, and tree plantings. Dale has been the North Fair Oaks resident member of the Bay Side Design Review Committee since 1995, and was also a Member of the recently approved North Fair Oaks Community Plan’s Steering Committee. Dale has worked at the Stanford Linear Accelerator as a Principal Technician for the last 20 years. He is a Union Steward of SEIU Local 2007, and their webmaster.

John Shott

Council Member 
jshott@NFOCouncil.org

John Shott has been a resident of North Fair Oaks for more than 25 years. He has served on the council for 15 years and continues his participation as he feels there is always more to do. Mr. Shott hopes that by helping governmental officials and decisions, it will lead to a more attractive, prosperous and successful North Fair Oaks. He was elected as Chairman in 2006 and played an instrumental role on the collaboration between the Multicultural institute, a non-profit who helps transition immigrants, and the day laborers in North Fair Oaks. Throughout his years residing in North Fair Oaks, he has seen significant progress and looks forward to the future changes and developments that will occur. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Mr. Shott currently is the Senior Research Engineer at the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility. He has an array of hobbies that include cross country, scuba diving, opera and traveling.

Esperanza Vázquez

Council Member
evazquez@NFOCouncil.org

Esperanza Vázquez has been in retail business in North Fair Oaks since 1992, is a co-founder of the North Fair Oaks Festival on Middlefield Road. She helped initiate The Queen of a Festival Program which was was created to help young women (señoritas) to pursuit Higher Education career especially those High School Graduates who overcome hardship. Espy has been involved in the community to improve Middlefield Road and an advocate for improved lighting, cleaner streets, more parking, enforced code regulations to get rid of illegal dumping and blight. Espy has been a tax preparer for over 40 years and previously worked for Mexicana Airlines at San José Airport and the DMV in San Jose. She graduated from San José State University in 1982 and holds a BA Degree in Spanish and was an Elementary teacher for San José Unified School District where she taught kindergarten and second grade students.