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Health care advocate and architect chosen for Athena honors

Original post made on Sep 7, 2018

The two women selected as Palo Alto's most influential leaders by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce have dedicated countless hours to helping children and families with serious medical conditions and to diversifying the city's housing stock.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, September 7, 2018, 8:06 AM

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11 people like this
Posted by Elizabeth
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 7, 2018 at 8:36 am

Congratulations, Elaine! Lots of people want more housing in Palo Alto, but you're one of the few willing to dive into the nitty gritty of the issue: local code, civic meetings. Boring stuff, but change starts at the level of these small details.


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Posted by Kathy Young
a resident of another community
on Sep 7, 2018 at 8:45 am

Congrats Elaine! Nice to have alll your hard work and efforts recognized! <3


8 people like this
Posted by Leora Tanjuatco Ross
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 7, 2018 at 8:58 am

Elaine!!! This is a well-deserved award. Congratulations!!
And Sherri, your leadership is invaluable. I’m so glad to see it recognized.


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Posted by Eric Rosenblum
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 7, 2018 at 8:59 am

Elaine is amazing.. I'm so proud to know her and to have had a chance to work with her. She's tireless, and is so committed to improving her community. She listens to everyone, and is a no-nonsense get-stuff-done sort of person. She makes our city so much better.

Thanks for everything you so, Elaine! Well-deserved!


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Posted by Julia
a resident of Professorville
on Sep 7, 2018 at 9:02 am

Congratulations to both Sherri and Elaine! Sherri's work sounds amazing and I know Elaine well and have such admiration for her dedication to housing and transportation issues in our city. Great choices!


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Posted by Chao Lam
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 7, 2018 at 9:13 am

Congrats Elaine Uang and Sherri Sager! I first got to know Elaine through her Architectural walks and then often bumped into her while playing augmented reality games (<cough!> Pokémon go). Elaine is ceaseless and organized in her quest to make Palo Alto more vibrant, livable and inclusive. And yet she does it in such a way that you feel delighted and listened to even when you disagree with her. The award couldn’t have gone to a nicer person and truly represents the best of Palo Alto imho.


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Posted by Asha
a resident of University South
on Sep 7, 2018 at 9:18 am

Congratulations to Elaine Uang! Thank you for all the hours you spend to make our community a better place for all.


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Posted by Beth Morris
a resident of another community
on Sep 7, 2018 at 9:29 am

Congratulations, Elaine! I am so glad that all your hard work is being recognized. Palo Alto is lucky to have you!


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Posted by Angie
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 7, 2018 at 9:31 am

Elaine is tireless and so dedicated to finding solutions to our housing problems. So glad to see this!


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Posted by Mehdi Alhassani
a resident of University South
on Sep 7, 2018 at 9:36 am

Elaine was one of the first people I met in Palo Alto when I moved here several years ago. She is brilliant, kind, and an awesome mom. I learn so much from her and Palo Alto is lucky to have her. Well deserved!


8 people like this
Posted by Catherine Crystal Foster
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 7, 2018 at 9:37 am

Congratulations to two outstanding community leaders. Elaine and Sherri, both of you have been tireless and selfless advocates, and we're all the better for it. In these times, it's wonderful to celebrate civic mindedness and generosity of spirit. Thanks for all you do and will continue to do for our community.


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Posted by stephen levy
a resident of University South
on Sep 7, 2018 at 10:01 am

stephen levy is a registered user.

Congratulations Elaine and will deserved. Thanks for all your work on housing. Great to have you as a friend and colleague.


6 people like this
Posted by Susie Hwang
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 7, 2018 at 10:38 am

So grateful for Elaine Uang's tireless work to make Palo Alto more inclusive, representative, and livable. She is the kind of intelligent, empathetic and visionary leader that makes every community better. Thank you, Elaine!


6 people like this
Posted by Jane Huang
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 7, 2018 at 12:28 pm

Congratulations, Elaine! You've always been thoughtful, well-informed, and patient beyond measure. What a well-deserved recognition for what is often thankless and invisible work.


6 people like this
Posted by Gina Dalma
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 7, 2018 at 12:42 pm

Congrats Elaine! Amazing choice for someone who has worked tirelessly for a better Palo Alto!


6 people like this
Posted by Viji N
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 7, 2018 at 1:19 pm

This is phenomenal and very well deserved. Thank you for your contributions, your passion and your care for ethics.


4 people like this
Posted by RPopp
a resident of Monroe Park
on Sep 7, 2018 at 1:33 pm

RPopp is a registered user.

Thrilled Elaine is being recognized in this way. She is so passionate and dedicated - totally deserving of the Athena Award!


4 people like this
Posted by Vlada
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 7, 2018 at 2:48 pm

Congratulations Elaine! Palo Alto is so lucky to have your passion & your determination. This is so well deserved!


4 people like this
Posted by Victoria Thorp
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 7, 2018 at 3:23 pm

Congratulations to both leaders for these awards. We are so lucky to live in a community with people who are willing to step up and offer their time and talent to make an impact for others. Elaine not only serves on numerous city and committees, she also helped Gunn High School students choose cheerful new paint colors for their fantastic school and is raising two beautiful daughters. I am in awe of all that these women do!


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Posted by Bilgen
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 7, 2018 at 3:37 pm

Congratulations Elaine! Proud to be your friend!


8 people like this
Posted by Mike
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 7, 2018 at 4:54 pm

As Elaine's husband, it's amazing to read all of the positive things on here! We're all aware of the terrible stuff going on politically - especially at the national level but often at the local level too - and this is a nice break from that. I've seen first-hand how much Elaine has sacrificed (and dealt with) to help educate Palo Altans and make the city a little better and more inclusive. Congratulations and so glad to read all of the nice things!


2 people like this
Posted by Jon Foster
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 7, 2018 at 5:18 pm

Great news! Thanks so much to both Elaine and Sherri for all they have done and will, I am sure, do in the future.


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Posted by Stephanie
a resident of another community
on Sep 7, 2018 at 5:24 pm

Congratulations, Elaine! Thank you for your tireless and tiring work to make Palo alto an affordable place for all.


2 people like this
Posted by Eric Rosenblum
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 7, 2018 at 5:57 pm

Sheri Sanger... Thank you for all you do!


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Posted by Just a reality check
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 7, 2018 at 6:14 pm

You do realize that this award is bestowed by the developers in the Chamber of Commerce.


2 people like this
Posted by Jayanthi Kalyanaraman
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 7, 2018 at 10:04 pm

Congratulations Elaine! So proud of you and amazed to see all the efforts you have put in to participate and contribute in the local community. Continue your great work!

And Sherri Sager, Congratulations!


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Posted by Linda
a resident of Barron Park School
on Sep 8, 2018 at 6:45 am

Linda is a registered user.

Congratulations Sherri! I can't think of a person who has touched so many people, organizations and School Districts in so many ways. Whenever we had ideas for programs or teachers needed funding to attend trainings a call to Sherri about the need for funding with intended positive outcomes would lead to a quick response to help. Sherri is a longtime Advocate for Healthcare legislation and follows closely bills that directly affect our physical and mental health. Thanks Sherri for your passion, your open mind, professionalism and dedication to move us towards a healthier community!


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Posted by Joni
a resident of another community
on Sep 8, 2018 at 10:39 am

Congratulations, Elaine! What a wonderful and well-deserved honor. We know how tirelessly you work on community projects and how much time, effort, and commitment you put into all your work
And we know very first hand what a wonderful mom (and wife) you are. From a very unbiased point of view!


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Posted by Yea
a resident of another community
on Sep 8, 2018 at 5:46 pm

To Elaine, Really PROUD of this honor. Congratulations! Glad to know that you have made community service part of your passion.


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 10, 2018 at 11:22 pm

Wow, an architect who lobbies for deregulation of the building industry, congrats Chamber and City!!!

Corporations are people too! When will the Athena go to the most popular ATM? Equal rights for soulless boxes of metal, plastic and electronics.


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