Abel J. Guillen
Council District 2
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Councilmember, District 2
Oakland City Council
About the Councilmember
Before his election to the Oakland City Council in November 2014, Abel Guillén served as a Trustee on the Peralta Community College District Board for eight years. As Trustee, he secured over $20 million in grants for career education and green jobs training, and raised over $50,000 for scholarships for students from underserved communities.
In partnership with AC Transit, 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.
While delivering eight consecutive balanced budgets, he reformed the Peralta Colleges’ fiscal management to eliminate bureaucratic waste and successfully implemented measures to increase public accountability and transparency.
He also stood up to corporate special interests and Wall Street banks by moving the Peralta Colleges’ dollars to local community-based banks that reinvest our money back in our local economy.
An experienced finance professional, Guillén currently serves as vice president of a public-finance consulting firm, where he helped raise more than $3 billion in bond funding for classroom and school safety upgrades, repairs and improvements for public schools and community colleges throughout California.
He was previously a research associate for the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.
The son of a baker and a cook, Guillén grew up in a working-class Bay Area neighborhood, where he learned the value of hard work early on. 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.