Yiaway Yeh (Chinese: 葉亞威; Yè Yàwēi[1]) is former city councilmember and mayor of Palo Alto, California. He was elected to office in 2007[2] and was elected to mayor by the city council of Palo Alto on January 3, 2012.[3] Yeh is the second youngest mayor in Palo Alto history and the first Taiwanese American to hold the office.[1] He was born in San Francisco, and attended JLS Middle School and Gunn High School in Palo Alto.[4]

Yiaway Yeh
Born (1978-02-17) February 17, 1978 (age 44)
EducationGunn High School class of 1996
Alma materAmerican University class of 2000, Harvard University (MPP class of 2006)
Spouse(s)Cecilia Hyun-Jung Mo

Yeh received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the American University School of Public Affairs and his graduate degree in Master of Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Yeh volunteered for the Peace Corps in Burkino Faso developing local NGO's.[5]

Before being elected Yeh was working for the City of Oakland as an auditor.[1]

Yiaway Yeh moved to Nashville, Tennessee following his wife joining the faculty of the Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt University.[6]

Yiaway Yeh was appointed by Mayor Karl Dean of Nashville to head up the new Mayor's Office of Innovation announced on April 26, 2013.[7] He later took a job with Google and returned to the San Francisco Bay area.[8]

Yeh's parents are both first generation immigrants from Taiwan that came to the U.S. for graduate school.[9]

Of Hakka descent, Yeh's grandfather was born in Mei County, Guangdong, China in 1909 and moved to Taiwan in 1949 following the Chinese Civil War.


  1. ^ a b c Sheyner, Gennady (January 3, 2012). "Yeh, Scharff to lead Palo Alto council in 2012". Palo Alto Weekly. Retrieved April 5, 2014.
  2. ^ Trout, Becky. "Espinosa, Burt, Yeh, Schmid win City Council seats". Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  3. ^ Green, Jason (January 4, 2012). "Yiaway Yeh tapped as Palo Alto's next mayor". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved April 5, 2014.
  4. ^ "About Yiaway Yeh". City of Palo Alto. Retrieved April 5, 2014.
  5. ^ "Speaker Biographies". Stanford University. Retrieved April 5, 2014.
  6. ^ Patterson, Jim. "New faculty: Cecilia Hyunjung Mo shares her late father's passion for politics". Vanderbilt Research News.
  7. ^ Garrison, Joey (April 26, 2013). "Dean's new Innovation Office aims at government efficiency, constituent needs". The Tennessean. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  8. ^ Kennedy, Eleanor (September 22, 2015). "Former Metro official joins Google Fiber team". Nashville Business Journal. Retrieved May 9, 2020.
  9. ^ Leung, Kwokshu (January 4, 2012). "Palo Alto's first Chinese American Mayor". KTSF. Retrieved April 5, 2014.