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

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Julie Caskey

Civil Rights Attorney
29,570 votes (8.69%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure that we are electing a diverse group of strong Democratic women to public office up and down the ballot
  • Expand voter access to ensure that everyone can exercise their right to vote
  • Improve transparency and increase participation in the Democratic Party endorsement and platform processes



Profession:Civil Rights Lawyer
Northern CA Program Fellow, Emerge California (2019–current)
Vice Chair, Piedmont Unified School District H1 Bond Oversight Commission — Appointed position (2018–current)
Advisory Board Member, Change a Path, Non-profit Anti-Trafficking Organization — Appointed position (2013–current)
Co-Chair, PUSD High School Site Council — Appointed position (2018–current)
East Bay Recruiter, Close the Gap CA, women's election non-profit organization — Appointed position (2019–current)
Emerge California Class of 2018, Emerge CA (2017–2018)
Emerge California Class of 2018, Emerge CA (2017–2018)
Emerge California Class of 2018, Emerge CA (2017–2018)
Staff Attorney, US District Court, Pro Se Prisoner Dept. (2003–2011)
Staff Attorney, United States District Court, NDCA, Pro Se Prisoner Dept. — Appointed position (2003–2011)


Columbia Law School JD, Human Rights (1992)
Barnard College BA, American History (1987)


Julie Caskey is a civil rights attorney and community activist, with two decades of litigation experience in federal and state courts. She's been working on electing Democratic women to political office since 2016. She currently works for Emerge California, the landmark six month political training program for Democratic women, from which she graduated in 2018. She's also attended the Arena Academy campaign management training program and now serves as East Bay recruiter for Close the Gap CA, an organization seeking to redress gender inequity in the California legislature, where women currently make up just 31% of the State Assembly and Senate. Julie has run local political campaigns, worked on federal and statewide races in California, and successfully fundraised for multiple first-time women candidates running for Congress.  


Julie previously practiced law as a public defender for adults and a law guardian for children in New York City, with additional experience in race discrimination, immigration deportation defense, working most recently for seven years as a staff attorney on prisoner cases in the US District Court in San Francisco. Julie received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Human Rights Fellow at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and a founding editor of the Journal of Gender and Law, which is still in publication. Prior to attending law school, she attended Barnard College and worked in NYC government and politics, including serving as Executive Director of the New York office of the National Women’s Political Caucus.

Julie also serves as a parent leader in the Piedmont, CA public schools attended by her four kids, as Co-Chair of the High School Site Council and on the H1 Bond Oversight Commission, as well as on the non-profit boards of Change a Path, an organization that fights sex-trafficking, and the Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee (PADC).  Through her involvement in the Piedmont schools and PADC, Julie co-organized multiple community-wide anti-bias training programs, which were attended by hundreds of Piedmont residents.


Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (6)

  • Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
  • CA State Treasurer Fiona Ma
  • BART Board President Lateefah Simon
  • Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arequin
  • AD 15 Assemblymember Buffy Wicks

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