A proven problem solver for Oakland City Council District 4

Hello! I'm Nayeli Maxson

 As a mother of two, homeowner, public interest attorney, and the only candidate who’s worked in the District 4 council office, I am deeply committed to our community. Endorsed by current and former Oakland City Councilmembers, District 4 community leaders, and local small business owners, I bring an innovative, solutions-oriented approach to governance. Whether tackling fire prevention, our housing shortage and homelessness, infrastructure investment, public safety, or utility undergrounding, I have a clear vision for progress, strengthened by long standing community partnerships. 

As CEO for the Alliance for Community Development, I manage a multimillion dollar organization supporting local innovators and entrepreneurs. As your Councilmember, I’ll use my management expertise and legal training to negotiate on your behalf, grow our business districts, and make our neighborhoods safe, walkable, and vibrant. 

I’m a proven problem solver and I would be honored to work for you.  

My Platform

About Nayeli


Executive Director (Current)

Alliance for Community Development of the San Francisco Bay Area 

Board Member (Current)

Community Development District Block Grant Board

City of Oakland, Central District 

Policy Analyst & Community Liaison

District 4 Oakland City Council Office 

of Annie Campbell Washington

Legal Extern/Analyst

State Senate Public Safety Committee

Legal Extern

Office of State Senator Mark Leno 

(District office)

Legal Extern

Office of Congresswoman Jackie Speier (District and Capitol offices)

Assistant Director

Democratic National Committee (DNC)  

2008 Fundraising Campaign

Grant Writer/Development Associate

Options Recovery Services

Grassroots Campaigns, Inc.


Juris Doctor 

UC Hastings College of the Law

Double Concentration in Government Law 

&  Social Justice Law

CA Bar Number: 294071

  • UC Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal
  • External Vice President of Associated Students of UC Hastings
  • Witkin Awards: Legislative Process; Legal Writing & Research

Public Affairs Fellow

Coro Center for Civic Leadership

Young Women’s Ethical Leadership Training

Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership

BA, Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa

University of California at Santa Cruz


Board Member (Current)

Resilient Wellness 

2018 Vice President of Membership (Current)

2017 Political Director

East Bay Young Democrats 

Advisory Board Member (Current)

Oakland Grown 

Member (Current)

East Bay Housing Organizations 

Member (Current)

Wellstone Democratic Club 

Court-Appointed Mediator

UC Hastings Mediation Clinic

Volunteer Constitutional Law Teacher

Fremont High School 

Community Endorsements


California Young Democrats

East Bay Young Democrats

East Bay for Everyone

Block By Block Organizing Network

Wellstone Democratic Club (recommended)
Oakland Rising Action

California Nurses Association (#2)

Sign and Display Union Local 510

Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 104 (#2)

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 595 (#2)


Mark Leno, California State Senator (Ret.)

Scott Weiner, California State Senator

Dan Kalb, Oakland City Councilmember, District 1

Jane Brunner, former Oakland City Councilmember and Council President; civil rights attorney

Roberta Achtenberg, former Commissioner on U.S. Civil Rights Commission and former San Francisco Member of the Board of Supervisors

Jean Quan, former District 4 City Councilmember and former Oakland Mayor

Jeanne Woodford, former Director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and former warden of San Quentin State Prison

Ed Gerber, Chair of the City of Oakland Budget Advisory Commission; longtime District 4 resident

María D. Domínguez, Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women Commissioner;

Martin Matarrese, Vice Chair of the Wildfire Prevention Assessment District Citizen's Advisory Committee; former Parkland Resources Supervisor for the City of Oakland*

Ivan Garcia, Commissioner, Oakland Youth Advisory Commission

James Anthony, former Oakland Cannabis Regulatory Commission Member representing District 4

Noah Frigault, Oakland community member; former Oakland Rent Board Member

Matt Haney, Commissioner of the San Francisco School Board; Eviction defense attorney; Former Executive Director of the UC Student Association*

James Chang, Commissioner, Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board


Buffy Wicks, Candidate for Assembly District 15; Community Organizer

Robbie Neely, Executive Director, Piedmont Pines Neighborhood Association*; District 4 resident

Stan Dodson, Community leader; Dimond merchant; Oakland parklands steward

Sue Piper, President of the Oakland Firesafe Council*; former Chair of the Wildfire Prevention Assessment District Citizen's Advisory Committee; Former District 4 Oakland City Council staff

Michael Tigges, Founding Member of Block by Block Organizing Network*; Chairperson of Montclair Neighborhood Council; District 4 resident

Nicholas Vigilante, Secretary, Montclair Neighborhood Council*; Oakland Firesafe Council Board*

Amelia Marshall, Metropolitan Horseman’s Association historian and board member* Oakland Heritage Alliance*;  Author "East Bay Hills:  A Brief History"

Jennifer Joey Smith, former Dimond Improvement Association Co-Chair*; District 4 resident

Harriet Schlader, District 4 resident and leader for over 50 years

Pamela Drake, Oakland Community Leader

Rashidah Grinage, Oakland Community Leader

Phong La (#2) President of the APA Democratic Caucus of Alameda County*

Stan Weisner, Member of Piedmont Pines Neighborhood Association*, Youth Alive!* Board Member

Toni Gomez, President, East Bay Young Democrats

Alison Grady, Policy Director, East Bay Young Democrats

Ken Lupoff, community leader; Executive Director of Oakland-based nonprofit;

Carolyn Burgess, Oakland resident and community leader

Carolyn Winters, former Chair, Montclair Neighborhood Council*

Daniel Enking, Oakland community member

Bruce Nye, Oakland mediator and attorney

Hadar Aviram, Professor at UC Hastings College of the Law

Jody Colley, Oakland community member

Joyce Meyer, Learning Disabilities Specialist; District 4 resident

Kathy Kahn, community leader and 30-year District 4 resident

Ken Benson, Secretary and Board Member, Oakland Firesafe Council*

Robert Vaughan, District 4 community leader; retired deputy sheriff

Veronica Vaughan, District 4 community leader; retired deputy sheriff

Matthew Shoemaker, District 4 community leader

Pam Jones, Bay Area community leader

Shannon Lankenau, environmental attorney

Ali Schwarz, District 4 resident, 21 year City of Oakland employee

Linton Johnson, business leader; Chief Strategist with Bay Area Rapid Transit*

Max Segal, community member

Ben Brint, community member

Zoe Marinkovich, community member

Nadia Conrad Bick, community member

Zaire Brown, community member


Jackie Hunter, Business Owner, Kelly’s Corner

Kathleen Caldwell, Owner of A Great Good Place for Books in Montclair 

Nina Johnson, longtime District 4 community member and business owner

Shawn Choy,  founder of The Food Foundry

Destiny Iwuoma, Oakland entrepreneur

Barbie Penn, entrepreneur, lifelong Oakland resident

Christopher "Zeke" Swepson, entrepreneur, CEO of CodeWalker Institute

Jim Silva, entrepreneur; Principal, Unlock Your Potential!

Frank Mak, entrepreneur; community member

Fatenah Tabar, Owner of Le Rouge in Montclair

Chinmay Singh, CEO of SimplifiMed, Inc.

Laurie Silverman, founder of Culture Lab

Saphonia Foster, founder of La Fostera Co.

*Organization listed for identification purposes only. 

Does not represent an organizational endorsement.

Upcoming Campaign Events

Phone Bank for Nayeli

Every Wednesday

5:30 PM - 8 PM

6211 LaSalle Avenue

Kid Canvass

Saturday, October 20th

10 AM -12 Noon

Avenue Terrace Park (Jordan Park)

Monthly Cross Neighborhood Community Meeting

Sunday, October 21st 

6 - 8 PM

Location TBD

Want to host a house party or fundraiser? Contact us below!


Redwood Heights Forum
Wednesday, October 17th  

6:30 -8:30 PM
Redwood Heights Recreation Center

3883 Aliso Ave

A City of Belonging Forum
Thursday, October 18th 

6 PmM- 9 PM 

McClymonds High School

2607 Myrtle St, Oakland

LGBTQ Center Forum 

Friday, October 19th 

6:30 - 8:30 PM 

3207 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland

Support My Campaign

The race for Oakland City council is heating up! I have an incredible team, the support of community leaders, and endorsements from well respected city council members both current and former. 

Will you help me build this momentum by making a contribution today? 

You may make an online donation at the link button to the right or write a check. Checks should be made payable to "Nayeli Maxson for Oakland City Council 2018" and can be sent to: 

PO Box 18888

3630 High Street

Oakland, CA 94619

“Nayeli Maxson for Oakland City Council 2018” may accept up to $800 per individual, business entity, committee or other organization or group of persons acting in concert, and up to $1,600 from a broad-based political committee in support of her election. 

The Oakland Campaign Reform Act limits campaign contributions by all persons (OMC §§3.12.050 and 3.12.060) and prohibits contributions during specified time periods from contractors doing business with the City of Oakland or the Oakland Unified School District (OMC §3.12.140). 


Nayeli believes in transparency and accuracy within campaigns and within government. The press is a critical stakeholder in providing this transparency and accuracy to the public.

Press Coverage

ABC 7 News - Candidate Page

Video, headshot and completed questionnaire, October 5, 2018


The Long Run - Interview

Katie Orr, KQED Radio, Politics and Government, August 23, 2018


'Worth the Fight': Meet the California Women Running for the First Time

Miranda Leitsinger and Katie Orr, The California Report, August 8, 2018


Hundreds march in Oakland to celebrate May Day

Annie Ma, SF Gate, May 1, 2018


Two Candidates Join the Race for Oakland’s District 4

Kathleen Richards, East Bay Express, April 19, 2018


Candidates start to line up for outgoing Oakland councilwoman’s seat

Ali Tadayon, East Bay Times, April 18, 2018


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