Proven problem solver for
District 4

Hello! I'm Nayeli Maxson. I am asking for your #1 vote on Tuesday!

 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


Chief Executive Officer (Current)

Alliance for Community Development of the San Francisco Bay Area 

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)

Co-Director, Reno, NV

2008 Voter Persuasion, Grassroots Campaigns

Assistant Director

Democratic National Committee (DNC)  

Fundraising, Grassroots Campaigns

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

Certificate in Intermediate Spanish

Ixchel Spanish School, Guatemala

Certificate of French Fluency

La Sorbonne, France

BA, Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa

University of California at Santa Cruz


Appointed Board Member (Current)

City of Oakland, Central District 

Community Development District Block Grant Board

Board Member (Current)

Resilient Wellness 

2018 Vice President of Membership (Current)

2017 Political Director

East Bay Young Democrats 

2017 Local Hero Award

District 4 Local Hero Award Ceremony

Oakland City Council, District 4

Advisory Board Member (Current)

Oakland Grown 

Member (Current)

East Bay Housing Organizations 

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

Latino Task Force

Wellstone Democratic Club (recommended)

Evolve California

East Bay Express (#2)
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

Noel Gallo, Oakland City Councilmember, District 5

Jane Brunner, former Oakland City Council President

“I am pleased to endorse Nayeli Maxson to serve District 4 because she is resolute in her commitment to serve the interests of all the people of our district.  She understands the district well and will be a responsive, proactive, and energetic representative for all of us and will make our community proud.”

- Dick Spees, former Councilmember of District 4 (1979-2003)

Malia Cohen, Board of Equalization Candidate; San Francisco District 10 Supervisor

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

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

Jesse Arreguin, Mayor for the City of Berkeley

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

Dee Rosario, East Bay Parks and Recreation Board Member (#2)

Igor Tregub, Chair of the Berkeley Zoning Adjustments Board, Berkeley Housing Advisory Commission, and Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter*

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*

Toni Gomez, Commissioner, Oakland Commission on Aging

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


Daniel Swafford, Executive Director, Montclair Village Association*, Laurel District Association*

“I really like Nayeli’s data-driven, collaborative, cross-neighborhood style. While assigned as Annie [Campbells]’s liaison to Montclair and Piedmont Pines Neighborhood Association, Nayeli was very effective in identifying people on city staff who could think outside the box to get things done. She knows how to forge win-win solutions.” 

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

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

“I met Nayeli when I chaired the Wildfire Prevention Assessment district advisory board, and I found her to be not only knowledgeable but very responsive and that is a trait we all want in our district officials. As the former council aid to montclair, Nayeli knows not only our issues, our communities, but also city hall so she can hit the ground running when she is elected.” 

- 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*

“Nayeli will represent all of District 4 from the Hills to the Flats, she’s ready to tackle some of Oakland’s biggest problems including homelessness, the housing crisis, illegal dumping and economic development.” 

-Preston Turner, Chair of Melrose High Hopes

Sheila Turner, Melrose High Hopes

David Stein, Oakland Community Leader

CJ Hirshfield, Oakland Community Leader

Buffy Wicks, Candidate for Assembly District 15; Community Organizer

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

“My favorite thing about Nayeli is that she is so absolutely accessible and approachable.  She is diplomatic, kind and well-educated and very in-touch with what is happening in the very diverse District 4.” 

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

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

Keith 'K-Dub' Williams, Oakland Community Leader

Pamela Drake, Oakland Community Leader

Rashidah Grinage, Oakland Community Leader

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

"Nayeli knows our neighborhoods and community issues inside out. She followed through on many issues of local concern whether it involved fire prevention, housing issues, undergrounding efforts, filling potholes or gaps in public safety. Nayeli has shown that she is able to both listen to neighborhood leaders and create community-driven solutions." 

- Stan Weisner, Member of Piedmont Pines Neighborhood Association*

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


“Nayeli is the only candidate with the proven record of supporting small businesses and District 4 constituents. Nayeli is not interested in making headlines, she is interested in making headway to the benefit of our district.” 

- Bree Dezort and Calanit Kamala, owners of Hive, the Place to Bee

Jackie Hunter, Business Owner, Kelly’s Corner

Irfan Jaffery, owner of Camber Restaurants and Smoakland

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

Ann Dyer Cervantes, Owner of Mountain Yoga

Nina Johnson, longtime District 4 community member and business owner

Lisa McFadin, Duvin Wine Bar

Desiree Johnson Forte, Damn Good Teas; The Biz Stoop

Daisy Ozim, Resilient Wellness

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.

Town Biz (#2)

*Organization listed for identification purposes only. 

Does not represent an organizational endorsement.


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). 

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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 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


Nayeli Maxson Has Support From Oakland City Council District 4 Neighborhood Leaders

Oakland News Now, October 25, 2018

Small Businesses Line Up To Support Nayeli Maxson For Oakland City Council

Oakland News Now, October 22, 2018

Nayeli Maxson Oakland City Council District Four Candidate Helps East Oakland Preschool Expand

Oakland News Now, September 5, 2018

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