Curriculum Vitae

Sunne Wright McPeak
President and CEO
California Emerging Technology Fund
The Hearst Building, 5 Third Street, Suite 520, San Francisco, California 94103
Telephone: (415) 477-CETF (2383) Fax: (415) 744-2399

Business and Professional Experience

  • Secretary, California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, 2003 -2006
  • President & CEO, Bay Area Council, 1996 - 2003
  • President & CEO, Bay Area Economic Forum, 1993 - 1996
  • Elected Member, Board of Supervisors, Contra Costa County, 1979-1994
  • Director, Simpson Manufacturing, Inc., 1995-2003
  • Director, First Nationwide Bank, 1983-1994
  • Owner, McPeak Associates, 1974-1978 (management consulting firm in health and human services)
  • Executive Director, Pittsburg Community Health Center, 1972-1974
  • Consultant, Contra Costa Comprehensive Health Planning Association, 1971-1972


  • B.A. in Independent Major (International Medicine), University of California, Santa Barbara, 1970 (President of both Junior and Senior classes)
  • Master of Public Health (Health Education and Medical Care Administration), University of California, Berkeley, 1971
  • Honorary Doctor of Human Letters, California State University, East Bay (Hayward), 1998
  • Honorary Doctor of Public Service, John F. Kennedy University, Contra Costa County, 2004

Public Service

  • California Forward Leadership Council, 2008-
  • Founding Chair and Director, California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, 2005-
  • Member, Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force, 2007-2008; Delta Vision Foundation, 2009-
  • Governor's Appointee, California Broadband Task Force, 2007-2008
  • Vice Chair, California Consumer Power and Conservation Financing Authority, 2001-2004
  • Member, California Economic Strategy Panel, 2002-2003
  • Founding Co-Chair, Bay Area Alliance for Sustainable Communities, 1997-2003
  • Chair, California Center for Regional Leadership, 2001-2003
  • Member, Speakers' Commissions on State-Local Finance and Regionalism, 1999-2002
  • Founding Member of the Board of Directors, BRIDGE Housing Corporation, 1981-2003
  • Co-Chair, CalFed Bay Delta Advisory Council, 1995-2001
  • Chair, Committee for Water Policy Consensus (for 12 Bay-Delta counties), 1983-1993
  • Co-Chair, State Water Conservation Coalition, 1989-1993
  • Co-Chair, California Coalition to Stop the Peripheral Canal (Proposition 9, June 1982 ballot)
  • Co-Chair, Sustainable Conservation, Inc., 2000-2002
  • Member, State Legislative Council on Nutrition Labeling, 1990-1991
  • Co-Chair, California Affordable Housing Partnership Project, 1991-1995
  • Leader, California State Association of Counties, 1979-1993; President - 1983-1984
  • Founder, California Public-Private Partnership Commission / California Council on Partnerships
  • Commissioner, Contra Costa Transportation Authority, 1988-1993
  • Board Member, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, 1981-1993
  • President, Contra Costa Health Coalition, 1982-1998
  • Initiator and Leader, Contra Costa Health Plan, 1979-1994
  • Chair, Contra Costa Child Care Task Force, 1985-1993
  • Initiator, Contra Costa Hazardous Waste Task Force, 1983
  • Founder, Contra Costa Family and Children's Trust Fund and the Year of the Family, 1982

Community Service

  • Chair, Northern California Council for the Community, 1994-2003
  • Director, United Way of the Bay Area, 1994-2003 (Volunteer Merit Award, 1985)
  • Founder, Bay Area Partnership: Building Health and Self-Sufficient Communities, 1995
  • Faculty Member, Public Health Leadership Institute, 1992-1993
  • Former President, University of California, Santa Barbara, Alumni Association
  • Leader and Member (Past and Present): National Women's Political Caucus of Contra Costa County (A Founder Mother); Soroptimist International; Business and Professional Women (BPW); American Association of University Women (AAUW); National Organization for Women (NOW); League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley; Japanese American Citizens League (JACL); NAACP Life Member; Chinese American Political Association; Lambda Alpha; Mt. Diablo Interpretive Association; Animal Rescue Foundation; YWCA and YMCA; CHP 11-99 Foundation; California Foundation on the Environment and Economy (Chairman's Award 2004)

Honors and Awards

  • Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors officially named their public boardroom the "Sunne Wright McPeak Board Chambers" upon retirement as a Supervisor in 1994
  • Bay Area Leadership Foundation Citizen of the Year, 2010
  • HBNC Women's Council Outstanding Contributions to the Homebuilding Industry, 2007
  • East Bay Economic Development Association Vision and Leadership Award, 2007
  • California Healthcare Institute, Visionary Award, 2005
  • H2O Leadership Awards, 2000, 1991 (Conservation), California Water Policy Conference
  • "Woman Who Could Be President" Award, 1997, San Francisco League of Women Voters
  • First Annual Sunne Wright McPeak Humanitarian Award, 1994, Shelter, Inc.
  • Special Service Awards, 1994: Pacheco Town Council and Pacheco Municipal Affairs Council; Clyde Civic Improvement Association; Association of Federal, State and Municipal Employees; Contra Costa County Housing Authority Advisory Commission; National Japanese American Citizen's League, Child Abuse Prevention Council; Friends in Recovery
  • Congressional Citation from Congressman George Miller, 1994
  • Outstanding Legislator, 1993, San Francisco Bay Area Tobacco Control Coalition
  • Ben Russell Humanitarian Award, 1993, Phoenix Programs, Inc.
  • Outstanding Legislator, 1993, Chinese American Political Association of Contra Costa
  • Legislator of the Year, 1993, Business and Professional Women, Bay Valley District
  • Distinguished Citizen Award, 1993, Soroptimist International of Concord
  • Kiddie Award Hall of Fame (first inductee), 1992, Contra Costa Child Care Council
  • Distinguished Service Award, 1991, California State Association of Counties (first time given to a Supervisor); CSAC President's Award, 1993 and2006; CSAC Life Achievement Award, 2009
  • Outstanding Service Towards Drug-Free School, 1991, Mt.; Diablo Unified School District
  • Silver Spoon Award, 1991, Diablo Valley Dietetic Association
  • Public Official Advocate of the Year, 1987, California Commission on Aging
  • Paul Harris Award, 1986, Rotary International (for helping promote Friday Night Live)
  • Outstanding Young Californians Award, 1984, Jaycees
  • Citizen Appreciation Award, 1984, National Health Screening Council for Voluntary Health Organizations, Inc. (one of only two awards given to individuals in the nation, co-honoree Al Gore)
  • Distinguished Citizen Award, 1983, Mt. Diablo Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Award for Continuing Service to Working People, 1983, Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and Building Trades Council of Contra Costa County
  • Distinguished Service Award, 1982, Contra Costa Council
  • Government Service Award, 1982, Contra Costa Association for Retarded Citizens
  • Honorary Mexican-American of the Year, 1981, United Council of Spanish-Speaking Organizations
  • George Moscone Memorial Award, 1980, American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)