One of nine candidates on the ballot for two at-large City Council seats, Muppidi also envisions adding workforce development programs and entrepreneurship bootcamps to drive local employment and technological innovation.
Increasing housing for low-income families, seniors and disabled people is imperative to Muppidi’s campaign, which also seeks continued development of downtown Dublin’s Town Square and approval of more accessory dwelling units “where appropriate.”
Improvements to the I-580/I-680 interchange, adding bus routes to high-density areas, and expanding the city’s commitment to clean and renewable energy are also part of Muppidi’s platform.
Though she currently works in venture capital as a technology investor, Muppidi said she has an array of experience that includes the political realm. Muppidi campaigned for Congressman Jerry McNerney 10 years ago and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016, and got a taste of leadership when she represented Girl Up at the United Nations in 2012. She also has worked in policy and economic development for the U.S. Department of State, Federal Reserve and World Bank.
The studious Dublin resident was born in India, then moved to Pleasanton with her mother and became a U.S. citizen at 10 years old. Muppidi said she grew up “in a neighborhood smack down between Dublin and Pleasanton, right by Tassajara and Santa Rita,” and currently resides in west Dublin.
“I grew up in the Tri-Valley, and I have such fond memories of movie premieres at the theatre, soccer practice in local parks, and hours spent in the public library. I am proud to call Dublin my home,” Muppidi said.
Muppidi can “distinctly remember the day my parents were naturalized as citizens” and said she is “grateful for the opportunities” given by living in the U.S., which prompted her decision to run for City Council.
“Without our U.S. citizenship, I’m not sure if I’d still be in this country,” Muppidi said. “I’m so grateful for the opportunities that I’ve been afforded here, and as a result, I’ve spent most of my early career dedicated to public service and optimizing for impact.”
A 2013 graduate of Amador Valley High School, where she participated in the award-winning “We The People” civics competition team, Muppidi later earned her bachelor’s in economics and master’s in management science and engineering at Stanford University.
Muppidi also studied abroad in Oman and Turkey, and researched human rights abuses at the Department of State and analyzed security issues for the former U.S. National Security Advisor. She also runs The Loop, a nonprofit campaign to grow the number of women launching companies.
Eight other candidates besides Muppidi are also running for Dublin City Council in the Nov. 3 general election: Samir Qureshi, Dawn Plants, Sherry Hu, Shawn Costello, Razi Hasni, Lucrecia Deleon, Michael McCorriston and Kashef Qaadri.
For more information about Muppidi, visit www.srimuppidi.com.