He was born in July 10 of 1959, in the Parish of Santa Cruz, municipality of Praia da Vitória. José Álamo Meneses is graduated in Environmental Engineering by the Faculty of Sciences and Technology - University of Lisbon, and has a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Rode Island, USA. Currently, he is the Mayor of Angra do Heroísmo since 2013 and he is also an University Professor.
He was the Director of the Sciences Department of the University of the Azores, and was the founder and leader of the Association of Environmental Defense "Gê-Questa". He is the author of several studies and publications in the areas of environmental impact assessment and management of water resources in insular and coastal regions.
He was also a member of the Regional Government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores, in its 10th, 9th, 8th and 7th mandates, respectively: between 2008 and 2012, he served as Regional Secretary for the Environment; between 2004 and 2008, was the Regional Secretary for Education and Science; between 2000 and 2004, was the Regional Secretary for Education and Culture; and finally between 1996 and 2000, he was the Regional Secretary for Education and Social Affairs.