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Councilmember Abel Guillén
Councilmember Abel Guillén was elected to the Oakland City Council in November 2014. He proudly represents District 2, which is home to the neighborhoods of Lake Merritt, Chinatown, Cleveland Heights, Crocker Highlands, East Lake, Grand Lake, Lakeshore, San Antonio and Trestle Glen. Councilmember Guillén currently serves as a member of the Finance Committee, the Education Partnership Committee, Life Enrichment Committee, Rules and Legislation Committee and the Public Safety Committee. During his past six months in office he has worked diligently to improve the quality of life for all Oaklanders. Councilmember Guillén has secured $100,000 for community-led neighborhood beautification efforts, co-authored legislation to increase the Oakland Police Department’s ability to recruit and retain Oakland residents and candidates of color, and secured $800,000 to enhance the maintenance of the Measure DD investments that have improved the parkland around Lake Merritt.
Before his election to the Oakland City Council, Councilmember Guillén served on the Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District Board for eight years. As Trustee, he secured over $20 million for career education and green-jobs training, and raised more than $50,000 for scholarships for students from underserved communities. In partnership with AC Transit, Councilmember Guillén created the Peralta Easy Pass that saves students over $1,000 a year and has provided more than 1.2 million bus rides for students since its inception.
An experienced finance professional, Councilmember Guillén currently serves as vice president of a public-finance consulting firm, where he helped raise more than $3 billion for classroom and school safety upgrades, repairs and improvements for public schools and community colleges throughout California.
The son of a baker and a cook, Councilmember Guillén grew up in a working-class Bay Area neighborhood. A product of local public schools, he went on to become the first person in his family to graduate from college. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in public policy from UC Berkeley.