Ray Mueller is a California native, and has been a resident of the Bay Area for over 20 years.

In 2006, Ray and his wife, Kristen, moved their young family to Menlo Park, "because of the schools, parks, trees, and small town charm." 

Ray was elected to the Menlo Park City Council as the lead vote getter in the 2012 and 2106 elections. He served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2013, and as Mayor of Menlo Park in 2014. Today, he again serves the residents of Menlo Park as a City Councilmember.

Since joining the City Council, Ray has focused 
on improving the amenities, services and retail available to residents, while preserving the family centered character of Menlo Park.

He has both initiated and supported efforts to hold more community events downtown, such as the Holiday Tree Lighting, worked to expand outdoor seating for restaurants, and created greater flexibility for retailers. As Mayor, Ray also initiated the holding Quarterly Small Business Round Tables.  

Ray has also worked extensively with the local school districts and local youth. With local business owners, he created the Menlo Park Loves Kids initiative, a program focused on a creating a healthy climate for youth in Menlo Park. Through the holding of Town Halls at numerous public schools and creating and instructing leadership classes for youth at the Boys and Girls Clubs in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto, Ray has encouraged Menlo Park's future leaders to find and use their voice.

Menlo Park's public safety efforts also have vastly improved during Ray's tenure on the City Council. His leadership was instrumental in the opening of the new police substation and community service center in Belle Haven.

In addition to his duties on the City Council, Ray is also proud to serve on the Board of Directors of LifeMoves, the leading provider of shelter/housing and supportive services across Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula. LifeMoves operates 18 sites from San Jose to Daly City, providing interim and stabilization shelter for those in need of help, such as mothers and children escaping domestic abuse, to families who are newly unemployed.

Public service is a family affair in the Mueller household.  Ray's wife, Kristen, was honored in 2014 as "School Administrator of the Year" for San Mateo and San Francisco Counties, for her work in local public schools.

Professionally, Ray works as an executive for an artificial intelligence company that focuses it's work on Public Safety and Disaster Response. In the past Ray served as Chief of Staff to Santa Clara County Supervisor and former State Senator S. Joseph Simitian. He has also worked in edtech, tinkered as a product strategist and 

inventor for a human factors/product design firm here in the Silicon Valley, and practiced law. 

While in law school, Ray was one of the founders of the Hastings Society for Legislative Scholarship, which later became the Hastings Government Law Society.  Ray also performed internships at the Public Law Research Institute in San Francisco, and at the Legislative Counsel's Office in Sacramento.

Ray's service to Menlo Park began prior to his election to City Council.

In 2010, Ray was appointed to the Menlo Park Transportation Commission. During his tenure, the Commission tackled complex and diverse issues, including Facebook's expansion into Menlo Park, the El Camino Real Downtown Specific Plan, the Willows Traffic Study, and Stanford Hospital Expansion. It was during this time period that Ray established himself as a problem solver, unafraid to travel out into the community to dissect an issue and build consensus around a course of action.

Ray was elected Chair of the Menlo Park Transportation Commission in 2012. 


Past Community Service
• Director, InnVision Shelter Network
 Chair, Menlo Park Transportation Commissioner 
• Las Lomitas Education Foundation Board Member 
• Ravenswood Education Foundation Development Team Member 
• Organizer - Santa Cruz Avenue Neighborhood Association 
• Pro-Bono Attorney - San Mateo County Domestic Violence Collaborative 
• Government Official Co-Host of 7 Healthy Community Forums organized by the Sierra Club. 
• Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce Downtown Block Party Organizing Committee 

Educational Background: 
• University of California, Berkeley, College of Natural Resources: B.S., Bio-Resource Sciences 
• University of California, Hastings College of the Law: Juris Doctor, Civil Litigation Concentration