Ms. Vaidhyanathan said that she takes a lot of pride and prestige in the fact that she is the first woman Mayor of Indian-origin. She thanked the residents of Cupertino that voted her in, and said perhaps they did break the silicon ceiling and put a few more cracks in the glass ceiling. "This is definitely a very momentous moment in my life", said Ms. Vaidhyanathan, addressing a packed house at community hall in Cupertino. She takes over from Barry Chang who had served as mayor from 2015.
Ms. Vaidhyanathan is an MBA and working as a high school Maths teacher and an officer in a commercial bank as well as in non-profit management. She has been a Cupertino resident for around 20 years and has been deeply involved in several community activities in the city. She was sworn in recently in a ceremony attended by her mother who flew in from India.