A proven problem solver for Oakland City Council District 4

Nayeli’s Platform

House Our Community

  • Act immediately to keep local residents in Oakland and slow home loss through passage of a housing preservation package
  • When approving projects to create new housing, negotiate robust community benefits on behalf of local residents and workers.
  • Engage local community members, entrepreneurs, local organizations with diverse perspectives, organized labor, local employers, residential real estate developers, land trust specialists, and impact investors to  scale creative, collaborative solutions addressing our housing shortage, senior housing homelessness.

Support Good Jobs and Strong Businesses

  • Support homegrown economic solutions and promote equity through investment in and attention on entrepreneurship, business development, and growth of good, green, local jobs.
  • Convene communities to build consensus around priorities for District 4 infrastructure. Increase dialogue across neighborhoods and increase transparency around budgetary decisions.
  • Empower communities to be stewards of their natural and built environments through reform and increased clarity of city's processes and policies.

Build Trust for Safer Communities

  • Invest in and improve rehabilitation and restorative justice programs that are community-supported and proven to reduce crime.
  • Advocate for and support investment in wildfire prevention planning, implementation and enforcement. Advance vegetation management plan and seek to renew Wildfire Prevention Assessment District.
  • Co-create policies with city staff and community members, focusing on responsiveness, transparency, and outcomes. Increase focus on crisis intervention, de-escalation, and social work-related components of policing.

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


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

"Based on the time I've spent working on city issues I believe Nayeli would be an excellent representative for District 4." - Ed Gerber, City of Oakland Budget Advisory Commission Chairperson*; D4 resident


"Nayeli was Montclair liaison for the first year and a half of [Vice Mayor and District 4 City Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington]'s term. I worked closely with her on a wide variety of topics, concerns and issues affecting Piedmont Pines, and found her a joy to work with, very smart, quick to learn, thorough and thoughtful." - Robbie Neely, Piedmont Pines Neighborhood Association Exec. Dir.*; D4 resident


"I give Nayeli my full endorsement as she pursues the City Council District 4 seat.  I know she will represent its residents, businesses and public assets well as demonstrated by her commitment to the community as a council aide, an advocate for non-profits, and her family's decision to settle here."

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


"Nayeli is a champion of local businesses and has a passion for community-building. She is an authentic, ethical, and a tireless advocate for good in Oakland." - Jody Colley, Oakland community member focused on small business support


"Nayeli has served District 4 and the City and will be tireless in her efforts to represent her constituents." - Ken Benson, Oakland Firesafe Council*


"Nayeli is an amazing person! She believes in empowering others and goes the extra mile to connect them with resources to ensure they’re successful. She’s so selfless and always thinking of others and how to better serve the community. She’s a natural leader and I am so proud that she’s running for Oakland City  Council District 4." - Barbie Penn, lifelong Oakland resident



Alison Grady, Policy Director, East Bay Young Democrats*

Barbie Penn, entrepreneur, lifelong Oakland resident

Bruce Nye, Oakland mediator and attorney

Carolyn Burgess, Oakland resident and community leader

Carolyn Winters, Former Chair, Montclair Neighborhood Council*; former District 4 resident

Daniel Enking, Oakland community member

Destiny Iwuoma, Oakland entrepreneur

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

Frank Mak, entrepreneur; community member

Hadar Aviram, Professor at UC Hastings College of the Law

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

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

James Chang, Commissioner, Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board

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

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

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*

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

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

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

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*

 resident and employee

Nina Johnson, Longtime community member and Business Owner

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

Pam Jones, Bay Area community leader

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

Sign and Display Union Local 510

Shannon Lankenau, environmental attorney

Shawn Choy,  entrepreneur; founder of The Food Foundry; and District 4 business owner

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

*Organization listed for identification purposes only. 

Does not represent an organizational endorsement.

Upcoming Campaign Events

Nayeli for Oakland Co-Sponsoring Montclair Movie Night

When: Saturday, August 18 7:30 - 9:30pm

Where: Red Oak Realty, 6450 Moraga Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

Cross Neighborhood Convening

When: Sunday, August 19, 5 - 7pm

Where: Dimond Slice Pizza

House Party with Jacklyn Willard

When: Saturday, August 25, 12 - 2pm

Where: Oakmore (Email nayeliforoakland@gmail.com for address).

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

Upcoming Forums:


Alameda Democratic Party Candidate Forum
August 23 | 5:00 - 9:00PM
Elihu M. Harris State Building 1515 Clay St.

Distrcit 4 Candidates Panel Sponsored by 13Z Neighborhood Council
September 6 | 7:00 - 8:30PM
Montclair Presbyterian Church 5701 Thornhill Dr.

District 4 Candidates Panel Sponsored by 22X Neighborhood Council
September 13 | 6:30 - 8:00PM
Sequoia School Auditorium 3730 Lincoln Ave.

Allendale Community NCPC
September 19 | 7:00 - 8:30PM
Allendale Recreation Center 3711 Suter St.

League of Women Voters Official Candidate Forum
September 25 | 7:00 - 9:00PM
Allendale Recreation Center 3711 Suter St.

Melrose High Hopes
September 26 | 7:00 - 8:30PM
Horace Mann Elementary

11th Annual Oaktoberfest in the Dimond!
September 29-30 
Fruitvale Ave and MacArthur Blvd

League of Women Voters Official Candidate Forum
October 13 | 7:00 - 9:00PM
Dimond Branch Library, 3565 Fruitvale Ave

Suport 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). 

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