A descendent of Portuguese and Italian immigrants, Dominic Caserta is a fifth generation resident of Santa Clara. His family has been active in the civic affairs of the Mission City for more than 135 years.
Dominic is a graduate of Bellarmine College Preparatory. In 1997, Dominic graduated Magna-Cum Laude from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Political Science with a Minor in American History.
In the fall of 1997, Dominic began his teaching career at Aquinas High School in San Bernardino. At Aquinas, Dominic was a member of the Social Science Department, coached the Basketball and Baseball Team and was the Kairos Spiritual Director.
In August 1998, Dominic began teaching in the Social Science Department at Santa Clara High School where he has taught Advance Placement Government & Politics, Civics, and Economics. Dominic was the Department Chair of the Social Science Department. He had previously been the Varsity Boys Tennis Coach, Girls Basketball Coach, Speech & Debate Advisor, Senior Advisor and United Teachers of Santa Clara Union Representative. In 2016 and 2017, the senior class at Santa Clara High School voted Dominic Teacher of the Year.
In 2000, Dominic received his Secondary Teaching Credential from Santa Clara University graduating with honors.
In November 2002, Dominic was elected to the Santa Clara City Council, seat #2. In November 2006, Dominic was re-elected. In 2008, Dominic finished second in the Democratic Primary for the California State Assembly, District 22. On November 4, 2014 Dominic was elected to the Santa Clara City Council, Seat #5.
In the summer of 2009, Dominic attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government, graduating from the State and Local Officials Executive Program.
In 2010, Dominic was awarded the James Madison Fellowship. The James Madison Fellowship was created to honor President James Madison's legacy and Madisonian principles by providing support for graduate studies that focuses on the Constitution—its history and contemporary relevance to the practices and policies of democratic government. Dominic was only one of 3 teachers in California to receive the award this year in 2010.
In the summer of 2010, Dominic attended Georgetown University for the Madison Fellowship. In November 2012, Dominic received his Master’s degree in Political Science at San Francisco State University.
Dominic has also taught in the Political Science Departments at De Anza College, Foothill College, West Valley College, and San Jose State University.
Dominic is the Principal of the consulting company Caserta Consulting. Some of his clients have included such Fortune 500 companies as Cisco Systems and Johnson Controls, and labor unions including IATSE. Dominic lives in the Old Quad in Santa Clara, CA with his son, Gianni.