Pat & JJ, high school sweethearts from Belmont, moved to Los Altos in 1999 for the schools. Their two children, Kelly, an MVHS sophomore, and Frank, a sophomore at UC Berkeley, have attended Oak, Blach, and MVHS.
Pat ran her catering business and has been a dedicated community volunteer. She’s served as PTA President, Junior Olympics co-chair, Los Altos Education Foundation Board Member, AVID mentor, and MVLA Scholars mentor.
She discovered Los Altos Community Foundation while working with MVLA Scholars.
“I had no idea how much LACF provides for our community,” Pat said. “Without the Foundation, programs like MVLA Scholars could not exist.”
She said LACF’s annual Summer Solstice party really opened her eyes to LACF’s work in the community.
“At the Solstice event, I saw so many people who I really value in our community and who are involved with LACF,” Pat said. “That was a ringing endorsement of LACF if I ever needed one.”
Her husband, JJ, a Santa Clara University School of Law graduate and a Public Defender in Santa Clara County for 30 years, will retire in May. He currently coaches Mock Trial at MVHS and has coached flag football at Oak and Blach schools for many years.
Pat & JJ’s charitable giving has been mostly to organizations supporting their passion for education, animal and civil rights: Humane Society, ACLU, Salvation Army, LAEF, MVLA High School Foundation, and MVLA Scholars.
Though they initially moved here for the schools, Pat & JJ became more deeply involved in the community through LACF, Los Altos Stage Company, and other groups.
JJ will spend his retirement sailing, paddleboarding, adopting a mule, and starting new projects at their ranch in Gilroy in the year ahead. Pat is looking forward to a year of even more community involvement in her new role as Co-President of the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce.
We are grateful for Pat and JJ Kapp’s support and all they do for the community.