About Rolando

San José Planning Commission Chair and City Council candidate Rolando A. Bonilla has spent a lifetime advocating for the needs of children and seniors; safe, vibrant and diverse neighborhoods; and our fair share of city funding and services.

As Chair of the San José Planning Commission, Rolando offers a dynamic vision for the future of our City and East San José’s quality of life by creating more jobs and affordable housing; protecting our neighborhoods from blight and gentrification; revitalizing our business districts; and ensuring a healthy environment for all.

Rolando and his wife Perla Rodriguez live in the East Foothills and operate a successful, San José-based communications firm. Their three children attend public schools in the Mount Pleasant Elementary School District. The son of working class immigrants, as a child Rolando experienced a tough childhood including food insecurity, homelessness, and the powerful attraction of gang membership. Quality public schools and hard work helped Rolando earn his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of San Francisco, and his Juris Doctorate from San Francisco Law School.

Wanting every family and child to have the same opportunities, Rolando is a long-term supporter of the Bay Area Gardner’s Foundation, an organization focused on providing college scholarships to students in need of financial support. He also serves on the Board of the Healthier Kids Foundation, a Santa Clara County-based nonprofit expanding access to children’s healthcare.

Rolando has been an outspoken advocate for healthcare and COVID vaccination in under-served communities since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, nearly dying after contracting the disease in December 2020. As new variants of COVID emerge, Rolando urges all residents to stay informed and get fully vaccinated.

For appointments, visit Home – COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility and Scheduling (sccgov.org)