J. Manuel Herrera

Manuel Herrera, a Silicon Valley elected official, envisions the transformation of the public square in our communities and an emerging 21st Century politics that is whole, generative, and personally transformative. Manuel is a Trustee for the East Side Union High School District in San Jose, California, first elected in 1990. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the California Institute of Integral Studies. Over the years, Manuel has served as Director of Planning for United Way of the Bay Area, Ombudsman for the City of San Jose, and legislative aide on Capitol Hill and in the California State Legislature. He has been a Democratic Party official in Silicon Valley, and has served on the Executive Board of the California State Democratic Party. Manuel is writing a book about integrating principles of the spiritual quest with public leadership, politics, and the public process, titled The Reconciliation of Love and Power.

John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America, and Ocean Robbins, founder of YES!, have said that “Manuel is a visionary who brings spirit and politics together in a unique and utterly profound way.” The late author and futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard said: "Every now and then someone appears who embodies the next step of potential in a critical field. That field now is politics. And that man is J. Manuel Herrera. He holds the pattern of how to transcend the current polarities, how to bring people together to cooperate, and even more important, he expresses by his very being a sense of what is emergent, what is creative and innovative. His capacity for evolutionary vision is the seed of a new Evolutionary Politics.”

Please note: The stunning “Cosmos” artwork used for Manuel’s Governance keynote talk is by Kuwica The Artist.