Mayor Libby Schaaf was inaugurated Oakland, California’s 50th mayor on January 5, 2015. A native Oaklander, Mayor Schaaf previously served one term as a member of the Oakland City Council.
Mayor Schaaf has more than two decades of public service experience that began while she was a young attorney leading volunteer efforts in Oakland. She left her legal career at Oakland’s largest law firm to build and run the first centralized volunteer program for Oakland public schools at the Marcus Foster Institute. Mayor Schaaf then went on to become chief of staff to the Council President, Aide to then-Mayor Jerry Brown and Public Affairs Director for the Port of Oakland.
She is honored to serve the people of Oakland and to help promote her hometown as the greatest place to live, work, play and do business. She is committed to revitalization that preserves and celebrates Oakland’s diversity and leads to direct prosperity for long-time residents and newcomers. Her four areas of focus as mayor are: holistic community safety, sustainable vibrant infrastructure, equitable jobs and housing and responsive trustworthy government.