Who is Russ


Russ Melton works well with others to get things done for the people of Sunnyvale. Recognized for his service and leadership, Russ Melton has a track record of success on the Planning Commission and in the private sector.

Experienced Public Servant

  • Russ has served on the Planning Commission for 4+ years
  • Selected three times by his peers as Chairperson
  • Member of the 2014 City Manager Selection Committee Advisory Interview Panel
  • Member of the Lawrence Station Area Plan Community Advisory Group

Professional Leadership

  • Russ earned an MBA from Santa Clara University
  • Honorably discharged from the United States Navy
  • Graduate of Leadership Sunnyvale

Education Advocate

  • Russ’ children attend public elementary school in Sunnyvale
  • Russ is President of the School Site Council and serves on the District Advisory Committee
  • He and his wife are raising two children in Sunnyvale, his home since 2000

Silicon Valley Expertise

  • Born and raised in Palo Alto, Russ has a high-tech corporate background
  • Executive VP and COO at National 1st Credit Union
  • Senior Finance Manager at National Semiconductor. Worked for five years in mergers and acquisitions, driving strategic transactions involving complex negotiations and legal frameworks. Worked for three years in Tokyo, Japan.

In my spare time, I enjoy coaching and refereeing youth soccer, and I collect historic California license plates.

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    Russ Melton on the campaign trail, September 2015, chatting with Los Gatos Town Councilmember Rob Rennie (L) and Sunnyvale BPAC Commissioner John Cordes. Photo Credit: Emily Ramos
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    Russ Melton, during a Leadership Sunnyvale class, behind the wheel of a Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety emergency response vehicle, January 2012
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    Russ Melton and his wife, Sami.
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    Russ Melton with U.S. Navy Admiral Scott H. Swift, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, June 2015.
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    Russ Melton refereeing a Sunnyvale AYSO youth soccer game, circa October 2011.
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    Russ Melton and Sunnyvale Mayor Glenn Hendricks, September 2016
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    Russ Melton coaching Sunnyvale ASYO youth soccer, 2016.
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    Russ talking with constituents, 2016.
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