Dr. Nyeisha DeWitt
Dr. Nyeisha DeWitt is running to fill the Oakland City Council District 3 seat, which includes Uptown, Adams Point, Lake Merritt, Pill Hill, Jack London Square and West Oakland.
An Oakland native who was raised in West Oakland, DeWitt has been serving Oakland in a variety of positions over the last decade. She is the only candidate in the field of six who has been serving as an appointed city official.
She is a member of the City of Oakland’s Measure Y oversight committee, which oversees the city’s violence prevention funding. DeWitt also serves as chair of the Measure A oversight committee providing budget direction for a $390 million bond to improve Peralta Community College District schools.
Recognized by Comcast and ANG Newsgroup as a Hometown Hero and a Jefferson Awardee, DeWitt summarizes her vision: “Oakland is an incredible city. I want to work collaboratively to lead Oakland forward with a solid plan that is both socially and fiscally responsible – grounded in transparency and accountability.”
DeWitt is a mother of three, small business consultant, nonprofit executive and community advocate.
For the past five years, she has worked with community partners to focus on violence prevention, public safety, local hire and job creation initiatives.
“I am running to expand opportunities today to ensure prosperity tomorrow in Oakland,” she said. “I want to ensure that Oaklanders receive the full benefit of the change we all want to see.”
DeWitt’s platform addresses public safety issues, encourages responsible budgeting, generates jobs through a real “Hire Oakland First” initiative and focuses on invigorating the local economy through small business development and business attraction.
Last year, she earned her doctorate from University of San Francisco in Organizational Leadership. Her dissertation defines her approach to change, “It Takes a Community to Change a Broken System: Using an Interorganizational Collaborative Group to Ensure All Oakland Students Graduate from High School.”
DeWitt has been working to ensure local hiring at Oakland Army base, which has earned her the support of labor union including SEIU 1021, Building & Trades Council of Alameda County, International Association of Firefighters Local 55 and Teamsters Local 55. She is also backed by ACCE Action, Black Women Organized for Political Action, John George Democratic Club, Black Young Democrats of the Bay Area and East Bay Loop.
Retiring District 3 Councilmember Nancy Nadel endorsed DeWitt’s vision. She also has the backing of State Assembly members Sandré Swanson, Nancy Skinner and Fiona Ma, as well as Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan.
“Nyeisha is a smart natural leader whose initiative, record of service, and vision for a expanded opportunity will move Oakland forward,” Swanson said.
“She will be a great advocate for Oakland’s working and middle class families,” said Chan
For information on Nyeisha DeWitt, campaign, visit www.dewittforoakland.com.