Dr. Forest Olaf Peterson

Labor and Worker's Rights Activist

Activism focus: Labor & Workers' Rights, Social Justice, Economic Inequality

Ballot Position: #2

My name is Forest Peterson–a North Star Progressive Democratic candidate–and I would be honored to continue representing this district as an AD23 delegate. I am a business founder, an engineer, a union activist, a parent, a teacher, a public servant, and a construction laborer with a deep understanding of what working people in the Bay Area need.

Time and again, I have been an advocate for those in need in our community. As a working PhD student, I fought for affordable housing, universal childcare, and dependent healthcare through the Stanford Solidarity Network, and succeeded in obtaining nearly $15,000,000 in grants to make doctoral studies affordable for students with children as well as establishing a monthly free food distribution for graduate students. As a founding engineer and labor-compliance lead for a fifty-million-dollar tech startup, I helped build technology to empower blue-collar workers and increase safety in the workplace. And when COVID-19 hit, I was a key member of Students for Workers’ Rights, organizing to protect contracted service workers on campus from layoffs and unfair treatment.

As a delegate, I will continue the work that I have begun as Santa Clara County’s first-ever labor standards investigator, to ensure the safety and fair treatment of workers throughout the district. I will continue the struggle to give every resident and every family the same opportunities not just to survive, but to succeed.

Elected, appointed, and membership positions

Thank you,

Forest (he/him)

We proudly ENDORSE Dr. Forest Peterson for ADEM!

  • Hon. Anna Eshoo, United States Congresswoman

  • Hon. Sally Lieber, Board of Equalization

  • Astrid Zuniga, CDP Labor Caucus Chair

  • Igor Tregub, CDP Environmental Caucus Chair

  • Hon. Mullissa Willette, CalPERS Trustee

  • Hon. Tara Sreekrishnan, Vice President of the Santa Clara County Board of Education

  • Hon. Lucas Ramirez, Mayor of Mountain View

  • Robby Bancroft, Nonprofit Board Member & Housing Activist

  • Aisha Baro, Nonprofit Executive & Community Leader

  • Steve Chessin, Voting Reform Activist

  • Hon. Maryann Moise Derwin, Past Portola Valley Mayor & Environmentalist

  • Hon. Dr. Jennifer DiBrienza, Palo Alto USD President

  • Dr. Meghan Fraley, Clinical Psychologist & Political Activist

  • Hon. Gary Kremen, Former Water District Director

  • Hon. Julie Lythcott-Haims, Author & Palo Alto Council Member

  • Anna Marie Morales, Mobile Home Community Leader & Housing Activist

  • Alex Nuñez, Mountain View Environmental Planning Commissioner

  • Erik Poicon, SV Young Dems VP, Human Relations Commissioner, & Organizer

  • Juan Rodriguez, Community Leader

  • Hon. Linda Sell, Sunnyvale Council Member

  • Ben Spielberg, Co-founder, 34justice.com

  • Cari Templeton, Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commissioner

  • Laborers International Union of North America, Local 270

  • American Federation of Teachers, Local 6157

  • Santa Clara County Wage Theft Coalition


  • Silicon Valley Young Democrats

  • Silicon Valley Working Blue Democratic Club

  • CADEM4ALL (State Building and Construction Trades Council of California aligned)

  • Progressive Delegates Network

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