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Democratic Party County Central Committee — Democratic PartyCandidate for Member, Assembly District 15 Alameda Portion

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Barbara Lopez

Legislative Director
24,529 votes (7.21%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Building an inclusive Democratic Party accessible to grassroots activists, young voters, immigrants, and communities of color.
  • Creating a progressive vision and platform for the Party.
  • Transparency. Currently votes by committee members are not accessible online.



Profession:Chief of Staff, Oakland City Council
Chief of Staff, City of Oakland (2019–current)
Assembly Delegate, California Democratic Party- Assembly Delegate, AD 15 — Elected position (2019–current)
Assembly Delegate, California Democratic Party — Elected position (2019–current)
Assembly Delegate, California Democratic Party — Elected position (2020–current)
Legislative Director, City and County of San Francisco (2016–2019)
Union Organizer, SEIU 1021 (2011–2013)
Tenant and Immigrant Rights Organizer, Tenderloin Housing Clinic (2005–2011)
Youth Law Coordinator, La Raza Centro Legal (2001–2004)


Oberlin College (2001)
Oberlin College (2001)

Community Activities

Founder, San Francisco Latino Democratic Club (2011–2014)
Vice President, Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club (2010–2010)


I am currently the Chief of Staff for Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan and former Policy Director to San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim where over the past several years, I have been able to successfully develop policies with community, department heads, and elected officials to:


·       fast-track affordable housing construction, middle income housing, and accessory dwelling units

·       protect our privacy rights from overuse of surveillance technology

·       strengthen and support citizen oversight of law enforcement so that it serves all of us equally

·       save restorative justice programs at OUSD

·       advocate for just and efficient transit and protected bike lanes

·       protect and sustain LGBT historic sites and neighborhoods

·       build homeless navigation centers

·       strengthen prevailing wage

·       create and fund safe routes to school

·       establish the first free community college program in the country


I have been active in the Democratic Party for over a decade. I co-founded the San Francisco Latino Democratic Club, served as the vice-president of the historic Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, and many of you previously voted for me to be an Assembly Delegate to the state convention.


Prior to working in government, I was an advocate for special needs children and children facing suspensions in the San Francisco public school system.  I also worked with residents in Single Occupancy Hotels and in apartment buildings in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco to bring about better living conditions and founded a program called La Voz Latina to support Latino immigrants.


I was raised with a strong set of social justice values.  My parents both were involved in the Student Movement in Mexico in 1968.  I immigrated to this country due to an 8.1 earthquake in Mexico City that devastated my community, and have called the beautiful bay area home since 2001.  

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Alameda Labor Council
  • Wellstone Democratic Club

Organizations (5)

  • Albany Democratic Club
  • John George Democratic Club
  • Berkeley Tenants Union
  • Black Women Organized for Political Action
  • SEIU 1021

Elected Officials (16)

  • Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan
  • Mayor of Berkeley Jesse Arreguin
  • Assemblymember Buffy Wicks
  • Chair of the California State Board of Equalization Malia Cohen
  • BART Board of Directors Lateefah Simon
  • Leah Simon-Weisberg
  • OUSD School Board member Rosie Torres
  • OUSD School Board member Aimee Eng
  • Oakland City Councilmember Sheng Thao
  • Oakland City Councilmember Kalb
  • Oakland City Councilmember Noel Gallo
  • Oakland City Councilmember Fortunato Bas
  • Berkeley City Councilmember Robinson
  • Berkeley City Councilmember Kate Harrison
  • Berkeley City Councilmember Cheryl Davila
  • Berkeley City Councilmember Bartlett

Individuals (7)

  • Varsha Sarveshwar, UC Berkeley Student Association
  • Sarah Abdeshahian, President, Cal Berkeley Dems
  • Dan Siegel
  • Carroll Fife
  • Cat Brooks
  • Devin Murphy, CYD California Black Caucus and LGBT Caucus,
  • Jyllian Molina, Chair, California Democratic Party Veterans Caucus

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I consider myself a pragmatic progressive.  My work is values driven and rooted in decades of experience within the community but I also understand the need to work with those who have a different set of beliefs than mine, and think it healthy to engage in political discourse and dialogue. 


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