I'm a New Yorker by birth, but a Californian at heart. I've lived in quite a few places (Long Island, New York; Salt Lake City, Utah; Southern California; Washington DC; Northern California) and have thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to experience these diverse locations. Utah has the great outdoors and Washington, DC has great energy and excitement (and an outstanding subway that I took to work every day.) Southern California is where I attended school but Northern California is home. I've lived here since 1989 and thoroughly enjoy the weather, the excitement of the tech industry, the access to nature and outdoor activities, and everything else the area has to offer.
My parents had full lives and always stressed the importance of education, a good work ethic, and a can-do attitude. My father worked in the aerospace industry and was involved with Junior Achievement and the Chamber of Commerce. My mother worked as a nurse and then went into education as a dean at a community college. My father passed at an early age when I was 18 and my mother remarried several years later. My mother passed in early 2020 at the age of 92. My older sister practiced corporate law in Los Angeles and San Francisco and recently retired to New York City.
My first real job was selling tickets at the main gate at Disneyland. Some of the lessons I learned while working there have served me well throughout my career. The job that had the biggest impact on me, however, was the one I had after earning my BA in Business Administration from Cal State Fullerton. I joined McKinsey & Company and will be forever grateful for the opportunity to work there as it is the leading, global management consulting firm. The client engagements upon which I worked spanned a broad range of issues and industries and laid the foundation for my career in business. And as a bonus I got to see many cities around the world. A highlight was living for two years in Washington, D.C. where I worked with the leader of McKinsey's energy practice. I was with McKinsey twice for a total of 11 years.
I earned my Master in Business Administration (MBA) from UCLA and after grad school joined Hewlett Packard and worked initially in one of their manufacturing facilities near Sacramento for several years. I enjoyed living relatively close to Lake Tahoe and spent many weekends on the North Shore. I joined the HP ski team and had a great time skiing with good friends. I also took up mountain biking, road biking, roller blading, hiking, running, and golf. Whew! I have mountain biked or hiked nearly every trail in the local mountains. I've done rides that have tested my determination and strength such as a seven-day mountain bike ride from Telluride, Colorado to Moab, Utah, road bike rides around Lake Tahoe, century rides in Napa, and countless hours of mountain and road biking in and around the Bay Area. I tend to favor mountains over beaches so it is fitting that I landed in Mountain View.
I've worked in the tech industry since 1989 and have had the opportunity to work at large corporations as well as start-ups. For about 11 years, I worked in the cyber-security industry doing business/strategic planning, marketing, and marketing operations for business-to-business and business-to-consumer organizations. The cyber-security industry is fast paced and ever-changing making it an exciting industry in which to work. I’ve been working as a part-time contractor from time to time since being elected to the City Council.
I lived near the Rex Manor neighborhood for about seven years in an apartment, and I moved to the North Whisman area about 13 years ago. I am the founding president of the Wagon Wheel Neighborhood Association (WWNA) in the Whisman area. Starting a neighborhood association has been one of the most rewarding activities in my life. There are so many wonderful people who live in the neighborhood that I might not have met had it not been for the WWNA. It was through the WWNA that I got more involved in activities in Mountain View and as a result I was appointed to the City's Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) in 2010 and served for seven years before being elected to the City Council. I've met a lot of residents and business owners throughout Mountain View and it is clear that we all love and cherish Mountain View.
Paid for by Re-elect Matichak for City Council 2020, FPPC ID #1386899