Allyssa Victory (born Villanueva) was raised in North Oakland and has since lived in every district of Oakland. Growing up in Oakland, Allyssa overcame many of the hardships facing residents today, including homelessness and food insecurity, which makes her uniquely qualified to lead our city through our current crises with urgency. Allyssa attended Smiles Day School where her mother worked as a teacher then attended public schools for the rest of k-12. Her family bought their first home in north Oakland’s Bushrod park neighborhood after being evicted from Berkeley. Allyssa was raised with her younger sister by her mother, grandparents, and uncles while her father and two younger siblings lived in deep east Oakland. In middle school, Allyssa starting volunteering at clothing and food distribution drives with her family at True Vine Missionary Baptist Church in West Oakland. Allyssa continued her service journey with her first paid job as a student organizer with Oakland’s Youth Together providing ethnic studies and policy education to her high school peers. Despite Allyssa’s family working multiple jobs at the time, they were evicted from their home preceding the onslaught of foreclosures in Oakland’s working class communities. Due to housing insecurity, Allyssa lived around the Bay Area while finishing high school.
Allyssa accepted admission to the University of California – San Diego (UCSD) and became the first person in her family to attend a 4-year university. Allyssa worked to support herself and her education including as Co-Director of the UCSD Student Promoted Access Center for Education and Services and as a College Advisor for UCSD Upward Bound. The youth empowerment and civil rights training that Allyssa received in Oakland motivated her to continue organizing as a first-generation college student including teaching a college course in her first year. Allyssa remained housing insecure – dependent on campus housing and staying on floors and couches when returning home to Oakland – and supporting herself with summer jobs at FairyLand and Laney College. Nonetheless, Allyssa remained committed to her academic journey as well as organizing for expanded resources for underrepresented students. Allyssa holds a B.A. in Ethnic Studies and a minor in Black Studies from UCSD where she graduated with Honors and led the Black Student Union’s founding of the campus Black Resource Center and implementation of the campus-wide diversity graduation requirement.
Allyssa was determined to return home to Oakland to continue serving with her community. Allyssa moved to Oakland Chinatown while teaching STEM at Roots Academy in east Oakland through Girls Inc. of Alameda County. Allyssa then attended University of California Hastings College of the Law. Allyssa committed to public service leadership and civil rights law. She served on campus as Co-chair of the Black Law Students Association and of the Employment and Labor Law Students Association. She published a law review note on prosecutorial discretion and organized legal symposiums on community empowerment in law enforcement oversight and on mental health standards for prosecution. Off campus, Allyssa advised the cities of San Francisco and Oakland on public banking, worked on the City’s minimum wage implementation in the Labor and Employment Division of the Oakland City Attorney’s Office, and externed at the Oakland federal courthouse of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California. Allyssa received numerous awards and recognitions for her public service including from Charles Houston Bar Association and the East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association. Allyssa holds a J.D. with a Government Law Concentration from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and is a proud alum of the Legal Education Opportunity Program, which has afforded decades of diverse, trailblazing attorneys with a legal education, including our nation’s first Black woman Vice President Kamala Harris.
Allyssa began her legal career as the nationally-selected Public Interest Diversity Fellow for the California Employment Lawyers Association. She worked to diversify the legal profession with the Association’s Diversity Outreach Committee and by providing mentorship and Bar exam tutoring for non-traditional students. As an attorney, Allyssa represented every day workers and residents in the areas of labor, employment discrimination and wage theft, civil rights in housing, and criminal justice law. Allyssa also has policy and municipal law expertise to advise local governments regionally, including the City of Oakland, on topics including public banking, workers’ rights, and public safety. Allyssa previously oversaw direct service programs in Oakland through the statewide Afrikan Black Coalition and managed its headquarters in east Oakland. Allyssa has also been an Instructor at San Quentin State Prison with the Prison University Project. Allyssa is a member of youth, faith, and worker coalitions to advance racial, criminal, and economic justice throughout the Bay Area.
Allyssa currently works as a Criminal Justice Attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and is legal Counsel to Communications Workers of America, Local 9415. She is a union member and elected bargaining committee member with IFPTE Science and Engineers Local 20. Allyssa maintains her commitment to serving the most vulnerable through her daily work as well as through her immeasurable volunteerism and community organizing. Allyssa is an alumna of Emerge California‘s 2020 candidate training cohort. In 2021, Allyssa was elected by the public as an ADEM Delegate to the CA Democratic Party to represent Assembly District 18 which includes Oakland, Alameda, and Emeryville. Allyssa currently resides in the Laurel District with her husband and their dogs.
Allyssa has been fighting for an Oakland where all Oaklanders are housed, healthy, safe, and restored and will continue her fight as Oakland’s 51st Mayor and as the first Black woman Mayor elected in the city’s history.
My name is Derrick Soo, and I’m running for the Office of The City of Oakland Mayor in 2022.
A little background on me: I’m the Great Grandson of Oakland’s Legacy Family, Lew Hing. Most of West Oakland’s past history originates from him. The Pacific Coast Cannery put Oakland on the World map just after WWI. My family has a long history of helping the poor, Civil Rights, dealing with Racism and overcoming Major obstacles.
I was born and raised right here in Oakland, CA. My parents were Middle Class working people. My father Leon, worked in the area Shipyards, and my Mother was a 32 year Supervisor for Macy’s Furniture Department. Our home was in the Oakland Hills near Mills College.
I attended Burbank Elementary, Frick Jr., and Oakland High Schools as part of the OUSD. I graduated in 1978.
From there I headed into the work world at Grand Auto Inc., EBMUD (Water Utility), then into two unsuccessful small businesses. My half brother Dr. Creighton Tom Ph.D, brought me into the service of the Department of Defense. I became a “Classified” Contractor. My work was to complete “Classified” projects in hostile regions for our government. Many hiding in plain sight!
In 2005, I developed health issues that required me to retire at age 47. I was retired and living in N.C when my financial institution went Bankrupt in 2008 with the Real Estate collapse. I lost over $3 Million overnight! I struggled to return back to the SF Bay Area.
In 2009, I moved back in with my father in his home. Shortly, he fell ill to Rectal/Colon Cancer. He survived another 1.5 years before passing away. His home was seized by the Courts to pay off his medical expenses, and that’s when I became Homeless.
I managed to “Float” for a period with friends sleeping on their Sofas. In 2013, I checked into a Homeless Shelter in East Oakland (EOCP). I stayed there for 91 days. The “System” found me Housing with a notorious Slumlord in Oakland. After 7 months of living in HORRIBLE conditions, I complained to the Landlord about the issue. After 10 days I was Served an Eviction Notice and evicted after another 10 days.
In the Spring of 2015, I was diagnosed with Colon/Rectal Cancer. I spent all of 2015 in treatment through Alameda County Healthcare (AHS). Currently 7 years Cancer free.
I am the Founder/Leader for a Homeless Community in Oakland’s Fitchburg District. I’m an outspoken Advocate for the Homeless and people inside my Community. Follow my adventures at; https://www.facebook.com/sooderricks/ I’m well known on the internet for my Homeless Community and have worked to change the Mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf ideals on Homelessness, but she stopped talking to me after she was Re-Elected Oakland Mayor.
I have plans to confront Homelessness, Affordable Housing, Illegal Dumping, Graffiti, Side-Shows and crime. All of my efforts are to make REAL change, and not just talk that we get now.
Greg Hodge offers his considerable skills as a consensus builder, facilitator, healing practitioner, community attorney, policy advocate, youth mentor, and cultural artist to lead Oakland to realize its fullest potential. Over the past two years Greg has worked as the lead facilitator of the African American Response Circle Fund (the AARC Fund), which was established by the Brotherhood of Elders Network in partnership with the East Bay Community Foundation. The AARC Fund was created as a response to the public health and economic crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on African Americans of Alameda County, a community that was among those hit the hardest during the pandemic. Established in April 2020, the fund has raised a total of $1.1 million for local non-profit organizations that serve African American communities. For the past six years, Greg has been the Chief Network Officer of the Brotherhood of Elders Network, an intergenerational network of African American men who are leveraging resources and relationships in the Black community to foster environments where Black boys and young men of Oakland are empowered to flourish. Greg’s other leadership roles spanning four decades have included: Executive Director of the Executives Alliance for Boys and Men of Color; Executive Director of Safe Passages; Executive Director of Urban Strategies Council; Chair of the Workforce Investment Board; Chair Of the Rockwood Leadership Institute; strategist for the California Funders for Boys and Men of Color; strategist for the Equal Voice for America’s Families campaign; Executive Director of California Tomorrow; and racial equity trainer for the Association of Black Foundation Executives and numerous foundations and nonprofits. Additionally, he has worked for many community organizations as a retreat designer and facilitator. As a longtime policy advocate and program director for children and youth, Greg managed the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth, served as the first director of the Oakland Freedom Schools, and was a founding parent of two schools (Ile Omode and West Oakland Community School). He was the first director of the Oakland Child Health and Safety Initiative (what is now Oakland Thrives/Safe Passages). From 2001 to 2009, Greg served on the OUSD school board. From 2003 to 2005, he served as OUSD Board President. He ran for Oakland City Council in 2008. He is the owner and principal consultant of Khepera Consulting, which helps people and organizations strategically think, connect and act in the relationships that spark transformative change. A drummer, musician and active member of the local arts and culture community, Greg is a founding member-musician for the Bantaba Dance Ensemble. He has performed opening ceremonies for countless community events, and performed in community festivals like Festival at the Lake, The Africans Are Coming, and the SF Ethnic Dance Festival. As a healing practitioner, Greg served as a lead minister at the Wo’se Community for 23 years. He has been a circle keeper for The California Endowment’s Sons and Brothers Camps, led Movement Warrior retreats with youth and adults, been a counselor and advisor to community members seeking comfort through baby naming ceremonies, hospital end of life care, and memorial services. As a community attorney, Greg has represented hundreds of clients in a range of civil litigation matters from personal injuries to landlord tenant disputes to family law matters. Greg was born and raised in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. His parents were both career educators in the public schools of their town. His mother taught reading before becoming an elementary school principal. His father taught music and choir. They were members of the vibrant HBCU community at Arkansas AM&N, now the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, during the 1950s through the 1980s. Like most of their generation, they believed in hard work, perseverance, and integrity and they modeled this for Greg and his two siblings every day. Greg attended segregated public schools up until sixth grade, when segregation ended. He holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Northwestern University, and a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law. Known around The Town by many as “Baba Greg,” Greg has been living in Oakland for the past 40 years, and in West Oakland since 1992. Greg is the parent of five amazing children, all of whom are either public school graduates of Oakland Unified or still enrolled in an Oakland public school. He is also a proud new grandparent. He enjoys drumming, talking to people, scuba diving and reading great books.
Ignacio De La Fuente
De La Fuente was born in Mexico City, immigrated to California at the age of 21, and subsequently became an American citizen. De La Fuente settled in Oakland, California and began working in a foundry as a machinist. Trade union representative In 1977 he was elected as a union representative of Phoenix Iron Works. Today De La Fuente serves as an International Vice President for the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics, and Allied Workers International Union, AFL-CIO, where he negotiates for members through the collective bargaining process. Oakland City Council First elected to the Oakland City Council in 1992, he served as the chair of the Council’s Economic and Community Development Committee until January 1999. When Oakland adopted the Strong-Mayor form of government, that removed the Mayor from the City Council and created the position of Council President. De La Fuente became the first Council member to be elected by his peers to serve as President of the Oakland City Council in 1999. He has been re-elected to this position every two years since then. (Wiki)
Loren Taylor proudly serves as the District 6 representative on Oakland’s City Council. A third generation Oaklander, and nationally recognized business leader, Loren takes a practical and data-driven approach to solving the city’s complex issues. As Councilmember, his work to provide community resources and spur economic development in Oakland, includes eliminating race and gender-based contracting disparities through the passage of his Local Business Empowerment Through Contracting legislation; establishing Liberation Park with the Black Cultural Zone – a location dedicated to the celebration of black businesses and community; stewarding local entrepreneurs through the ESO Ventures Program; securing funding for green spaces and beautification projects; and working with diverse property developers to ensure that development does not equate to the displacement of BIPOC residents. His decades of experience providing tailored solutions to cities, corporations enable him to make measurable progress tackling the most difficult social challenges.
Prior to his election to the Oakland City Council in 2018, Loren Taylor worked as a biomedical engineer and management consultant for businesses and non-profits. After serving as Director in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ health strategy & innovation practice, Taylor launched Custom Taylor Solutions (CTS), a social impact consulting firm based in Oakland. Taylor’s community involvement included serving as a Board member of the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area and the West Oakland Health Center.
Loren began his professional career as a biomedical engineer after earning masters in biomedical engineering from the University of Connecticut. He later earned an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He lives in Oakland with his wife, Dr. Erica Taylor and two children Camryn and Manny, and enjoys spending as much time with them as possible exploring the endless treasures.
Oaklanders know that life will throw you a curveball. My entire life has prepared me to write this message about my campaign to be the next Mayor of Oakland. First, let me list all the curveballs in my life and why that qualifies me to be your Mayor. Rather than a product of divorce– I am a result of a blended family. Grew up in Southern California in a middle-class neighborhood–my childhood. Worked at a shoe store at 15–my work ethic. Rather than elected Senior Class President, Class of 1996, Pasadena High School– I am a natural born leader. Accepted to Howard University, Washington D.C.– my future. Rather than became a single mother– I put my baby on my hip and kept moving. Became a journalist– my trade. Graduated from Howard University–my determination. Worked on various political campaigns including but not limited to Obama 2008 and Hillary 2016–my politics. Developed a Creative Writing and Journalism course– my teaching. Battled mental health and homelessness across America–my strength. Because my childhood, work ethic, leadership, future, trade, determination, politics, teaching, and my strength I am able to run for Mayor of Oakland with a pure heart and a reputation for recovering. Our city needs a survivor who can recover and win! Since 2016 I have reported on issues facing Oakland and in January 2020 I started teaching in Oakland. This is why I am running for Mayor of Oakland. I have grit, drive, I understand our Town’s journey, and most importantly my roots are deep.
Seneca moved to Oakland in 2012 to work as the East Bay Director for SEIU Local 1021, representing and negotiating improvements to wages and working conditions for thousands of workers in East Bay cities, most notably Oakland. It didn’t take long for Seneca to fall in love with The Town for it’s independent spirit and love of nature.
Moving to the Lower Bottoms, he immediately went to work in the community co-founding Bottoms Up Community Gardens and Oakhella. Seneca likes to say that all of his endeavors serve the same purpose, helping to bring Oakland Neighbors closer together.
In 2020, Seneca ran for City Council to bring a voice to his neighbors that he felt was being ignored. His Neighbors Together movement has since exploded across the city, demanding accountability from its Mayor and City Council.
Seneca has worked as a Labor leader and community organizer for over 20 years. He earned his B.S. from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
He has served as a Director for various Unions, as well as a consultant, negotiating contracts for Bay Area public sector employees. In addition to organizing, Seneca is a cook, farmer and chess enthusiast.
City Council President Pro Tem Sheng Thao is a barrier breaking Councilmember and one of our most creative, substantive, and effective leaders on housing, homelessness, and public safety. She’s known for her inspiring life story of perseverance and her unwavering commitment to standing up for those without a voice. Now, Sheng Thao is ready to lead our city as mayor—because Oakland’s time is now.
Sheng grew up in poverty, the 7th of 10 kids. Her parents met in a refugee camp in Thailand after each fled their home country of Laos and the genocide against the Hmong people. Sheng’s mom, widowed and eight months pregnant, had been shot in the arm during her escape. Sheng’s dad had helped many other refugees flee across the Mekong River during his journey. Sheng’s parents immigrated to America, settling in Stockton, where they would make a living farming vegetables. It was here Sheng was born.
As a kid, Sheng’s family was always on social services. For a time, they lived in public housing. Sheng grew up with the very real fear of not having a stable home, so she understands what so many families worry about every day. Sheng got her first job at 16, and left home at 17. In her early 20s, she found herself in an abusive relationship, isolated from family—and pregnant. Sheng was able to escape this domestic violence, but soon had a baby and nowhere to go. For months, Sheng and her son, Ben slept on strangers’ couches, and sometimes in her car.
When Ben was 10 months old, Sheng got a job at Merritt College, and also started taking classes. And, with the help of welfare, and a Head Start program for Ben, she put herself through school. She became class Valedictorian, then transferred to UC Berkeley, where she co-founded a food access program for low-income students and graduated with a degree in legal studies.
Finding her calling in public service, Sheng joined the office of Oakland’s Councilmember At-Large, which represents the entire city, and worked her way up to Chief of Staff. In that role, Sheng helped manage multiple City budgets, fought for affordable housing, helped small businesses open, worked to get guns off our streets, and fought for cleaner air and water. Sheng knew she could do even more as an elected official herself. So she ran for City Council District 4 and won, becoming the first Hmong-American woman Councilmember in California history.
As a Councilmember, Sheng helped bring the Council together, change the tone at City Hall, and finally break through years of gridlock to make progress on critical issues.
Sheng secured millions in funding for affordable housing, homeless services, and marginalized youth, and helped save our Head Start program, providing free early childhood education and family services to low-income Oaklanders. And during the Trump years, she stood up to ICE to protect our immigrant communities. A champion for workers’ rights, Sheng expanded the City’s paid sick leave policy, and passed legislation to ensure thousands of laid off workers could get their jobs back when the state reopened during COVID. In response to the pandemic, Sheng stood up to protect renters, supporting Oakland’s eviction moratorium, the strongest in the Bay Area. She also co-founded the Oakland Mutual Aid Collective, which distributed 100,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Sheng has fought for better public safety. She helped make historic investments in violence prevention programs, and brought the MACRO program to Oakland, providing alternatives to an armed police response for those in mental health crisis. Sheng also brokered a landmark public safety agreement, breaking a Council deadlock, to fund three new police academies in 2021-2022, while also holding OPD accountable for overtime costs and pushing to diversify the police force by hiring more women of color and Oakland residents. Sheng is City Hall’s leader on wildfire prevention. She’s led on the undergrounding of utilities in high-risk areas, expanded our budget for clearing highly flammable vegetation, and she’s working to establish a regional wildfire prevention strategy with other local governments. A noted budget expert, Sheng’s colleagues often turn to her for fiscal guidance. She’s helped double the budget for street paving, led major investments in parks across the city, and authored a budget deal to save Chabot Space and Science Center, so Oaklanders from every neighborhood have a place to learn and explore.
In each role she takes on, Sheng’s colleagues elevate her into leadership positions. She’s currently Council President Pro Tem and chairs the Rules and Legislation Committee. Sheng received the 2021 Powerful Women of the Bay Award for her work on behalf of Oakland’s diverse neighborhoods, and has been honored by the Alameda Labor Council for her record of delivering for working families. Sheng is also President of the League of California Cities API Caucus, and has served on boards for the Redwood Heights Association and Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Sheng lives near Joaquin Miller Park with her partner, Andre, their 15-year old son, Ben and 8-year old daughter, Brooklyn. Sheng is one of only two renters on the Oakland City Council.
Steve Schear has lived in Oakland, California for nearly 50 years. This year, he is running a campaign in the Oakland’s mayoral race to promote his three-part program of Taxation, Annexation and Reparations, or TaxAnnRep. Here’s the short version of his platform:
1. Let’s Tax Us! Well-off Oakland residents like Steve should be paying more in taxes to address the extreme inequity in Oakland and throughout the U.S. We should do a wealth tax on Oakland residents who have a net worth of $1 million or more.
2. Annex Piedmont Into Oakland. The richest of the rich who live inside Oakland don’t help pay for our police, our schools, our streets, our parks or almost anything else. Instead, they enjoy a wealthy enclave with their own private public schools, parks and police department. Profusely privileged Piedmonters need to join affluent Oaklanders and start doing their fair share of helping the City they live inside of and use, so that we can all enjoy a higher quality of life.
3. Reparations. Most of Oakland is beautiful and relatively prosperous. A few neighborhoods are afflicted with the worst schools, the most crime, and the worst health care, a result of centuries of unfair treatment and economic exploitation. We need to do more to repair those living wounds. For more information about Steve’s Mayoral Campaign, go to his campaign website, TaxAnnRep.Com.
Steve’s Political Background
Steve has been a political activist for more than 50 years. The Seventies and Eighties At the University of Michigan in 1970, he worked on the Black Action Movement strike that resulted in one of the nation’s first university affirmative action programs. After he finished law school at UC Berkeley, for nine years he was one of the leaders of the Coalition to Fight Infant Mortality, which addressed the extremely high infant mortality rates in East and West Oakland and won improvements in Alameda County’s perinatal services. In 1986, he was one of the founders of the Coalition to Stop Patient Dumping, which led a successful effort to have the California Legislature pass a law prohibiting hospitals from refusing care to emergency patients. (Health & Safety Code sec. 1317 et seq.) In 1987, he was one of the founders of Health Access of California, and served on its Board of Directors for 15 years. In 1987, Steve also wrote the Health Access plan, which was the first state universal care proposal in modern times, and which became the foundation of Proposition 186, a California universal health care initiative that was on the ballot in 1994. Steve served as a media spokesperson and advocate on the 186 Campaign, which was defeated after it was outspent 40 to 1 by opposing insurance companies.
The Nineties Till Now
In the 1990’s, Steve served as the Chair of the Vote Health Coalition, which pressured the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to put more resources into Highland Hospital and other County health services. From 2001 to 2010, he was on the Board of the Universal Health Care Action Network (UHCAN), a national organization that advocated for universal health care, and he served as co-chair of that organization for 6 years. In more recent years, he has mainly worked on raising funds for Democratic candidates in federal elections. In December, 2020, Steve spent a week in pre-vaccine Georgia canvassing for the elections of Senators Warnock and Ossoff. He is currently focusing on helping win 2022 swing state elections.
From Law To Film
Steve has been a practicing attorney in California since 1978. He is now making the transition from law to film. In 2020, with Jodie Levin-Epstein, Steve finished A Full Bowl, a 53-minute film about the accomplishments of Alan Berg, the 20th century’s foremost leader in addressing global malnutrition. Steve has also jointly produced several short pieces, including a prizewinning PSA on the environment, an ad for solar panels and electric cars, and a prizewinning commercial for drinking water featuring Stephen Curry. Steve is currently working on a film on global malnutrition.
Accomplishments in the Law
For over forty years, Steve specialized in health law. He represented health care providers in employment and hospital privilege matters, retaliation cases, hospital medical staff hearings, and disciplinary actions before California licensing boards. He also served as general counsel for non-profit clinics and other healthcare agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area area. He was lead counsel in Fahlen v. Sutter Central Valley Hospitals. In Fahlen, Steve and his co-counsel Jenny Huang won a landmark decision from the California Supreme Court affirming a physician’s right to sue for retaliatory peer review. The case has been called “one of the most important cases for practicing doctors in California in the last 20 plus years.” Steve was named one of California’s leading labor and employment lawyers for 2014 by the Daily Journal, California’s largest legal newspaper.
Steve is now only accepting legal work as a consultant to individuals or attorneys. Education Steve graduated from the University of Michigan in 1972. He received his law degree in 1978 from the University of California at Berkeley.
Treva is an overcomer, a resilient single mother and community builder. She was raised in a family of educators, entrepreneurs, civil servants, and laborers with a deep respect for hard work. Treva’s passion to serve stems from growing up in a large civically-engaged family where her great-grandmother’s political activism informed their values.
As a young single mother in college working multiple jobs, she leveraged strengths from her upbringing to provide for her daughter and graduate from Hampton University.
Treva has a tenacious determination to overcome seemingly impossible situations. Her personal experience with childhood trauma, gun violence, intimate partner abuse, poverty and housing instability motivates her passion to fight for justice. The issues we face in Oakland are not just policy concerns for Treva – they are personal.
As a senior aide to Assemblymember (now State Senator) Nancy Skinner, Treva advocated for affordable housing policies, gun violence prevention, job training programs, legislation for incarcerated and formerly-incarcerated individuals, and other critical efforts for Oakland residents. She’s the only candidate for mayor with experience working on issues facing Oakland at the State level.
Since she was elected to the Oakland City Council in late 2020, Treva has held to her promise to tirelessly work to move East Oakland forward, championing the priorities of her community. She helped to activate the Oakland Coliseum in East Oakland as one of two national pilot COVID-19 mass vaccination sites and secured deeper investments for violence prevention programs, workforce development services, and critical health and safety resources in the City budget. Treva has also spearheaded many community beautification efforts with East Oakland neighbors.
Beyond passion, Treva has the leadership skills, policy expertise and financial background to regain and sustain the financial footing necessary to protect all Oakland residents, and prioritize those who have experienced poverty, disparities, and cycles of inequity.
A lifelong Democrat, Treva served as an Associate for California Assembly District 18 on the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee, is an Emerge California Alumna, an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and state policy advisor for Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA). She is also a ministry leader at Shiloh Church in Oakland and engaged in numerous community partnerships.
Oakland desperately needs a passionate, strong, and equity-driven leader. A leader who can break through barriers in City Hall to hear from, respond to and deliver for Oaklanders now. Treva’s heart is for Oakland, and her life experiences have fueled her fight to ensure all residents can live safely and securely—rooted in Oakland—from one generation to the next.
As Oakland’s next mayor, Treva will work tirelessly to address homelessness, end gun violence, increase public safety all across Oakland, ensure housing stability, grow small businesses, advance racial equity, and create economic opportunity for all Oaklanders to recover and thrive.
Tyron is a California native born and spent his early years in the Southern California coastal town of Ventura. He attended Fairfield High School in Fairfield, where he was a stand out on the track and field team. During Tyron’s high school years and throughout college, he worked in service related industries, restaurants in high school, and retail through college. Working in these industries made it clear that even working people with a 40-hour week schedule, still struggled. Struggled to pay rent, struggled to pay utilities, food, childcare. Tyron has worked with co-workers who often juggled three jobs to make ends meet. His later labor related involvement (shop steward/ union organizer) was sparked by these earlier experiences. Because of his parents, and from his daily experiences; empathy for the underdog was instilled early on.
He attained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from California State University-Sacramento. After graduating from college, Like his father, and his siblings Tyron, served active duty in military; enlisting in the United State Army. His military experience enabled him to live in Seoul Korea, Fort Lee Virginia (Petersburg), Fort Leonard wood Missouri, and various temporary duty stations.
Growing up in a military family, frequently changing schools, and living among those from diverse racial, geographical, and socio-economic backgrounds; has had a profound effect on how Tyron views the world. Through his life experience, he knows the importance of listening and respecting those who opinions differ from his. His experience working with, living among diverse populations, has served in well in the workforce.
Tyron’s parents instilled in him early on, the importance of treating people with respect regardless of where they come from, regardless of their socio-economic conditions. In essence, despite superficial differences- most people want the same things in life. They want the opportunity to use their talents to the best of their ability, they want to be able to live in a safe stable environment they want to be able to thrive. Tyron is running for Mayor of Oakland because he witnesses every day the unacceptable number of individuals and families living in tents, or on bare sidewalks, parks, under overpasses etc.
Stable permanent housing is the very foundation for social well-being, mental well -being, physical well-being and economic well being. Tackling the issue of those who are unhoused, is absolutely essential; before addressing many other issues. Tyron believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to thrive and to play an active role in their city. He seeks the office of Mayor not for ego or status, but to use the office to bring about real tangible change.