Pete Carrillo

  • Pete Carrillo

    Council Member

Mr. Carrillo holds a Bachelor of Public Administration degree from the University of San Francisco and more than 35 years of professional experience in a variety of roles related to government relations, lobbying, strategic planning, land use and master planning, real estate negotiations, public relations and marketing, to name a few. Throughout his career, he has been very active in the community and has been involved with many local government entities throughout the Bay Area­­—building a solid connection with key
players. Mr. Carrillo currently serves as the Principal and Co-Founder of Silicon Valley Advisors, LLC.

As Principal and Co-Founder of Silicon Valley Advisors, LLC, Mr. Carrillo is responsible for developing strategic, cutting edge solutions for complex challenges facing SVA’s public and private sector clients. Working closely with clients, he develops effective land use planning strategies, resulting in the highest and best use for their property.

As founding President/CEO of the Mexican Heritage Corporation of San Jose from 1992 to 2000, Mr. Carrillo oversaw the strategic planning, fundraising and building of a state-of-the-art Mexican Heritage Plaza. He was responsible for developing a successful $35 million capital campaign, strategic community outreach programs, and the overall organizational development effort. He developed and implemented a $1.6 million annual operating budget. Mr. Carrillo managed a staff of 22 employees and oversaw the development and execution of the marketing program, including the media and public relations program. He coordinated efforts between the corporation’s Board of Directors, the community, the city of San Jose, the Redevelopment Agency and other governmental agencies.

As the Executive Policy Advisor for San Jose City Councilmember Blanca Alvarado from 1983 to 1992, Mr. Carrillo developed, analyzed and researched information for a variety of city and constituent issues including budget, financial, land use and housing/development issues. He performed direct overall office management, including developing the office budget and supervision. Mr. Carrillo serves as the principal staff representative to various committees, such as Environment, Finance, Housing and Community Services, as well as the Redevelopment Agency. He was the liaison between the city and governmental agencies, private industry, and community agencies, enabling them to impact city government more effectively. He served as the legislative analyst for state and federal proposals impacting the City of San Jose.