Mike Rotkin


Mike Rotkin previously served as a Director for the Santa Cruz METRO Board of Directors, representing the City of Santa Cruz, from 1979-1988, 1992-2000, and 2002-2010. In 2015, he was re-appointed to the Santa Cruz METRO as the citizen representative by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. Mike has lived in Santa Cruz County since 1969. He was elected to the Santa Cruz City Council six times and served five terms as Mayor of the City.


Mike was a lecturer and Director of the Field Study Program in Community Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) for over forty years and has currently been recalled to teach at UCSC. Mike Rotkin is a union activist in the UC-AFT, where he represents lecturers and librarians in the University of California. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Coastal Watershed Council (CWC) and serves as the Program Chair for the Democratic Women’s Club of Santa Cruz County (DWC).


Mike lives on the Westside of Santa Cruz with his wife and two adult children, and two cats, and loves kayaking, bicycling, swimming, and camping. Mike gets around town on a bicycle, bus pass, and motorcycle.