Mayor Schaaf will be guest speaker at Women in Business Luncheon


Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf will discuss her plans for sustained growth and enhancement of community programs at the second luncheon of the East Bay Women in Business Roundtable Friday, April 3 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square.



Schaaf was born and raised in Oakland, attended Skyline High School and graduated from Rollins College in Florida. She than pursued a law degree at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.


While an attorney in her late twenties, she co-founded the nonprofit Oakland Cares, which organized and implemented hundreds of volunteer community improvement projects across the city. She found a calling in community building and left her legal career at Oakland’s largest law firm to build and run the Marcus Foster Institute, the first centralized volunteer and support program for Oakland public schools.


Shortly after, Schaaf became involved in politics and accumulated 14 years of experience in various roles of local government. Her background includes serving as economic policy advisor to the Oakland City Council, public affairs director for the Port of Oakland, a top aide to Mayor Jerry Brown, and chief of staff to Council President Ignacio De La Fuente.


Most recently, she represented District 4 on the City Council.


She has served as an officer, director or advisory board member for several Oakland nonprofits including Oakland Schools Foundation, Make Oakland Better Now!, Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) and Rebuilding Together Oakland.


Mayor Schaaf is the second Oakland mayor to take office before reaching the age of 50.


Schaaf’s goals for the city include reducing crime, improving public education, supporting public art, and bringing more businesses to the city. At the same time, she promotes having transparency and a more responsive government.


The East Bay Women in Business Roundtable luncheon is $40 for Chamber of Commerce members and $45 for non-members.


For information, contact Shaterica Sullivan at the Chamber at (510) 874-4800, ext. 0 or at [email protected]. To register, visit and click on Events and Programs.



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