SPARC - Providing local support for the GOP in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and neighboring counties since 2000


Ruben Barrales at SPARC
South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition 

Wednesday April 16, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM PDT
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Fremont Hills Country Club
12889 Viscaino Place
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Join us for a evening of food, wine, as well as stimulating discussion of economic and government policies. Since 2000, SPARC has been hosting influential speakers on a variety of important issues. Our next event on Wednesday, April 16th,features Ruben Barrales, President and CEO of GROW Elect.  

Speaker Bio

Ruben Barrales has an extensive background in both government and private industry, with experience as an elected official and as an advocate for business.

Ruben Barrales most recently served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the largest regional Chamber of Commerce in California. 


Barrales also served as Deputy Assistant to President George W. Bush and Director of White House Intergovernmental Affairs. He was the President's senior representative to the nation's governors, legislators, mayors and other elected officials, including state, territory, local and tribal government leaders. He served on the President's National Energy Policy Development Group and served as a Chairman of the President's Task Force on Puerto Rico's Status.


Prior to joining the President's staff, Mr. Barrales was President and Chief Executive Officer of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, where he led a regional civic organization of Silicon Valley high-tech business executives, university leaders, and local elected officials. He implemented initiatives in support of the region's innovation and high-tech business sector, including a K-12 school based education reform effort, and published studies and reports on trends important to job growth in the region.


In 1992, Mr. Barrales became the first Latino elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. He was reelected and became president of the Board of Supervisors in 1996. Barrales was recognized for leadership in forming a coalition of local jurisdictions that reduced violent crime by 80 percent in the city of East Palo Alto. He helped to create one of California's first public charter schools, and he established the first debt limit for a county government in California, which helped the county maintain the highest bond rating in the state.


Barrales earned a joint Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Administrative Studies from the University of California, Riverside. He and his wife, Kelly, have two children.


5:30 pm - VIP reception for Premium Members
6:00 pm - Social
6:30 pm - Dinner
7:00 pm - Program
Cost: (includes dinner)
2014 Members:  $35
Non-Members:   $45 
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(650) 917-9125
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SPARC (the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition) is a Bay Area grass-roots political organization founded in 2000 and chartered by the California Congress of Republicans (CCR).  Our membership comprises many dedicated individuals that come together to learn, have fun, and work to bring positive change to our local, state, and federal politics.


SPARC's mission is to energize the Republican base in support of the overall goals and ideals of the Republican Party:

  • Low taxes
  • Limited government
  • Individual liberty and responsibility
  • Strong national defense
  • Leadership in world freedom


SPARC members host several local events and educational forums throughout the year and actively participate in grass-roots campaigning.  The organization focusses primarily on matters of political interest in Santa Clara county and San Mateo county but keeps the membership well informed on state and national issues as well.  

We invite you to attend one of our upcoming events, and we encourage you to become a member.


Welcome From SPARC President

John McDonnellSPARC President John McDonnell welcomes visitors and explains why you should join us. Read the Article

SPARC Organizational Goals

 * Provide an effective Republican grass-roots volunteer political organization through education, outreach, and involvement Sparcie
* Educate members and the public regarding pending legislation, candidates for public office, and important issues of the day
* Increase Republican registration and voter turnout of all registered Republicans
* Encourage and develop qualified Republicans to seek public office
* Promote unity by focussing on core Republican principles and what we can agree on

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