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.  

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, and 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

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

Wellstone Democratic Club

East Bay for Everyone

Block By Block Organizing Network

Sign and Display Union Local 510

California Nurses Association (#2)
Oakland Rising Action (#2)


Mark Leno, California State Senator (Ret.)

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

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*

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

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*

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*

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

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

Ken Lupoff, Community member

Matthew Shoemaker, Community member


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

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

Fatenah Tabar, Owner of Le Rouge in Montclair

*Organization listed for identification purposes only. Does not represent an organizational endorse

Upcoming Campaign Events


Running with Nayeli 

When: Every Tuesday morning at 7am

Where: Meet at House of Bagels, 6104 La Salle Avenue

Monthly Cross Neighborhood Community Meeting

When: Sunday, September 23rd from 7-8:30pm

Where: Roundtable Pizza, 2854 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, California 94602

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


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). 


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

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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For media inquiries, please email Toni Gomez at nayeliforoakland@gmail.com or call 510-342-9331.

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