Pat Dando (1946-2017) served on the San José City Council for ten years, including a term as Vice Mayor. As a councilmember, Pat was a fierce and fearless advocate for her community and the San José Public Library.

In addition to co-founding the Almaden Valley Youth Counseling Service and Stroke Awareness Foundation and serving as President of the Almaden Valley Women’s Club, Pat championed the effort to build the Almaden Branch Library and served for six years as President/CEO of San José Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce.

After her passing in 2017, Pat’s friends, family, and colleagues formed the Pat Dando Legacy Endowment Fund to memorialize Pat’s love of children and education. This fund was specifically created to support the Children’s Center at the Almaden Library and Community Center.

The San José Public Library Foundation is proud to be the home for this endowment. Funds will be allocated to support children’s programs, resources, and materials at the Almaden Branch Library.

If you would like to make a donation to support this endowment, please visit, select “Other” under Where to Give, and specify “Pat Dando Endowment”.”

To learn more about creating an endowment with SJPLF to support the San José Public Library, please contact Development Director Nicole Chitty.

Commemorating Pat's Legacy

To commemorate Pat’s legacy, a sculpture by artist Mario Chiodo was commissioned and installed in a plaza outside of the Almaden Library and Community Center. The sculpture features Pat sitting on a bench with two children. Next to the sculpture, a memorial plaque offers a short summary of her life.

Watch a recording of the virtual dedication ceremony in December 2020

This clay model was used to cast the final bronze sculpture that will be located at the Almaden Branch Library.