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Rene Spring R ene Spring was elected to a four-year term on the Morgan Hill City Council in November 2016. He ran on a platform of smart growth for Morgan Hill’s future. Rene moved to the Bay Area from Switzerland in 1998, armed with a degree in Computer Science and a keen interest in the software industry. In 2001 he landed a job at Cadence Design Systems, a Silicon Valley tech industry leader, where he currently serves as a director of program management. Rene and his family settled in Morgan Hill in 2004. He was appointed to the Morgan Hill Planning Commission in 2012 and again in 2014. In 2012 Rene also joined the board of the Morgan Hill Community Foundation and currently serves as its president. After graduating as a member of Leadership Morgan Hill’s Class of 2012, he joined its board of directors, taking on the role of board president for 2014-15. In 2013, he created a Facebook page: It’s Ours. Our Morgan Hill which has attracted thousands of followers by providing an online venue for local nonprofits and residents to share events and information with the community. Rene is married with three adult step-children, and three grandchildren who call him ‘Opa.’ “Morgan Hill faces some tough challenges over the next few years such as the impact of climate change, traffic, pressure on remaining open space and AG land, as well as the need to improve our infrastructure and financial sustainability. I look forward to working on solutions that will address the needs of our great community for years to come. It will be a tough journey that I’m ready for!” “I look forward to an exciting 2017 and to serving the people of Morgan Hill. Let’s work together to make our community the best it can be! Be engaged! Pay it forward! Smile at others! Give back!” 28 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017