Marico Sayoc

Marico Sayoc

Mayor, Town of Los Gatos, California

MEM'99

Marico is currently the Mayor of the Town of Los Gatos in California.  She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a BS in environmental sciences, and then received a fellowship to Duke University, where she earned her master’s degree in environmental management, water and air resources. As part of her graduate studies, she spent a year as a Fellow at the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment in Washington, D.C.

She began her career in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of International Affairs, after which she went into program management for the Natural Resources Defense Council.  Upon moving to California, Marico began working in her community to create a sustainability plan, local climate action plan and ultimately ran for local office to implement and execute policies to create a more sustainable town and region in Northern California.

I graduated in 1999 and have worked in a variety of sectors in the environmental field, taking full advantage of the interdisciplinary approach of the Masters of Environmental Management program. I was a researcher with a think tank, a staffer with the federal government, a lobbyist with a non-profit and am now a Mayor here in the Bay Area. Each position had its unique set of strengths and challenges; however, I knew I could always fall back on facts and critical thinking that NSOE cultivated in their curriculum.