I am a lifelong resident of Oakland, growing up in the Fruitvale/San Antonio District neighborhoods. I attended local schools, graduated from Saint Elizabeth High School and then went on to the University of California, Berkeley, and earned a Business Degree.
I was elected to the Oakland Board of Education in 1992 and served 20 years to improve educational opportunities for our youth by collaborating with a wide variety of public and private sector organizations. I helped lead six successful funding campaigns, generating over a $1 billion dollars for local schools.

In 2012, I was elected to the Oakland City Council, representing District 5. I serve as Co-Chair of the Oakland City Council Education Partnership Committee, and a member of the Life Enrichment, Public Works, and Public Safety City Council Committees. I represent the City of Oakland as a member of the AC Transit BRT Policy Steering Committee.

My Family

More than 30 years ago, Aliza and I married, made our home in Oakland, and started a family. We have experienced both the great benefits and significant challenges of our diverse City. All four of our children attended and graduated from Oakland public schools. I am proud to acknowledge that they were instrumental in reaching out to District 5 constituents during my successful campaign for City Council. I’d like to introduce you to each member of my family.

Aliza is a graduate of the University of Arizona and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is the Economic Development Coordinator with the City of Oakland, Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

Noah is a graduate from Fremont High School and the University of California, Berkeley. He is a business management assistant at the organization HEBCo (Hispanic Engineers, Builders, and Contractors.)

Giana is a graduate of Oakland High School and Stanford University. She manages the communications for a bond program at a high school district in the Bay Area.

Amanda  is a graduate of Oakland High School and the University of California. She currently works as housing policy analyst at Santa Clara County Housing Authority.

Selina is a graduate of Oakland High School and completed her freshman year at Sacramento State. She is taking courses at Peralta Community College and is an avid volunteer.