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|Sandré R. Swanson, Deputy Mayor|
As Deputy Mayor, Mr. Swanson serves as a senior policy advisor to the Mayor and works closely with her on growing and developing small business and jobs in Oakland. He also works specifically on career opportunities for Oakland’s youth. Mr. Swanson previously served as a Member of the California State Assembly, representing Oakland, Piedmont, and Alameda for three terms. He was the Chair of the Assembly Labor & Employment Committee; a member of the Assembly Budget Committee, Sub-committee on Education Finance and the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce. Mr. Swanson was Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color and was the Speaker’s Appointee to the State Workforce Investment Board. During his tenure in the Assembly he passed landmark legislation dealing with the atrocities of Human Trafficking, which he calls “modern day slavery”. His legislative work assisted with the development of programs for job training, housing and counseling for the victims of Human Trafficking, some as young as 12 years old. Before Mr. Swanson’s election to the California State Assembly, he served 5 years as Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Chief of Staff; after working for 25 years as the District Director and Senior Policy Advisor for former Congressman Ronald V. Dellums. Mr. Swanson was Chair of the Alameda County Employee’s Retirement Association and a former Chair of the Oakland Civil Service Commission. In addition Mr. Swanson served as Chair of the Oakland Re-Use and Redevelopment Authority that was responsible for redevelopment planning for the closed military bases in Oakland. In 1977 he served as the campaign manager for the historic election of Judge Lionel J. Wilson as the first African American mayor of Oakland. A native of Oakland, Deputy Mayor Swanson is married to wife, Anita. Together they have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. email@example.com (510) 238-7413.
|Anne Campbell Washington, Chief of Staff|
As Chief of Staff, Anne serves as a senior policy advisor to the Mayor and will work closely with the City Administrator, Agency Directors, City Council Members and City staff on the development and implementation of City policy. She previously served as the Director of Operations & Special Projects at the Stuart Foundation in San Francisco and Executive Director of the I Have A Dream Foundation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management/Graphic Communications Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She lives in Oakland with her husband Glynn Washington, the creator and host of NPR’s Snap Judgment, and their two children, Bahia and Quincy. Her current volunteer efforts include Oakland Children’s Fairyland, East Bay Agency for Children, Blue Skies for Children, Montclair Elementary School. firstname.lastname@example.org (510) 238-7157.
Hatzune Aguilar Sanchez, Community Services Manager
In her role as Community Services Manager, Hatzune works on Boards and Commissions appointments for the Mayor, relations with the City Council, and a variety of projects that affect Oakland residents. Hatzune brings a wealth of experience in progressive public policy advocacy and community organizing. She has been a voting rights advocate on Lakota reservations in South Dakota, has worked as a family housing advocate in San Francisco's Tenderloin District, and has led nationwide advocacy campaigns on issues affecting the Latino/Hispanic and LGBTQ communities. Prior to working with the City of Oakland, Hatzune was a principal policy consultant and chief of staff at Jim Gonzales Associates, a strategy and public policy research firm based in Sacramento. She was the program coordinator for the Latino Policy Coalition; a principal for the Renewable Energy Accountability Project; and managed organizers throughout the country for the ADA/Working Families Win voter educational project. Hatzune also coordinated AFSCME/New House PAC trainings for Congressional candidates. A graduate of Mills College in Oakland with a BA in Political Legal and Economic Analysis, she currently resides in East Oakland with her husband, Arturo Sanchez. email@example.com (510) 238-7072.
|Michael Johnson, Special Assistant to the Mayor|
Michael is an East Oakland native and grew up attending schools within the OUSD. After high school, he attended UC Riverside where he triple majored in: Sociology, Psychology, and Anthropology and minored in History. He returned to Oakland in 2006 and began a career providing Medical Case Management services to dual and triple-diagnosed, indigent populations living in the East Bay.
After having provided direct client services and after having coordinated a department of social service providers for several years, he decided to work at the policy level in Oakland. He worked as a Policy Analyst from 2007-2009 for (then) Councilmember Quan in District Four. He spent two years: working with constituents, translating for monolingual Spanish speakers, staffing committees, and working on citywide and district-specific policy issues. In 2010 he returned to his studies in pursuit of a graduate degree. He completed a Masters of Science program in Community and Regional Development at UC Davis in 2013 and returned to work with the Mayor shortly thereafter. Michael currently resides in one of the hill view communities of Council District 6. firstname.lastname@example.org (510) 238-3990.
|Ellen Dillard, Special Assistant to the Mayor--Scheduling|
Ellen Dillard served as the Council Member’s assistant to the District 4 Office for 2 1/2 years and now serves as the Mayor’s scheduler. She graduated from Cal State Hayward and majored in Human Development. She is married and the mother of three. email@example.com (510) 238-6514.
|Maisha Everhart, Senior Policy Advisor for Intergovernmental Affairs|
Maisha Everhart is an Oakland native and graduate of Skyline High School. She earned a BA in Political Science from Spelman College and Juris Doctorate from Rutgers School of Law. She served as the Northern California Director for Hillary Clinton's Presidential Campaign and as the Partnerships and Grants Director for Al Gore's nonprofit, the Alliance for Climate Protection. Most recently she worked as a Senior Consultant to Assembly member Sandre Swanson. firstname.lastname@example.org (510) 238-4991.
Reygan Harmon, Senior Policy Advisor for Public Safety
|Sean Maher, Communications Director|
Sean built his career as a journalist at the Oakland Tribune, reporting on a host of local issues: public safety, social programs, local heroes, city policy, budget and policing issues, breaking news and investigations into how statewide and national stories affected the City and its residents and businesses. He covered City Hall during Mayor Quan’s first year in office. As her Communications Director he brings a deeply-held commitment to transparency and accountability in government, and a belief that good journalism plays a critical role in promoting and safeguarding those values. email@example.com (510) 238-7439.