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Alameda CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 3

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Rebecca Kaplan

Council Member At-Large
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • I am committed to working to continue and strengthen the work to bring the hospital system in-house and strengthen public health and community clinics and protect the health care workers both in home and in hospital and clinic settings.
  • One of my other legislative priorities is housing and homelessness. We need to strengthen partnerships to remedy the rising homelessness facing our region, including expanding coordination between County and City efforts.
  • Transportation and our environment: We must improve pedestrian safety and regional connectivity, improve truck corridors and rail to reduce congestion, cut air pollution, and reduce risks to community.



Profession:Oakland City Councilmember At-Large
Oakland City Councilmember At Large, City of Oakland (2009–current)
Councilmember At Large, Oakland City Council — Elected position (2009–current)


Tufts University Master's (current)
MIT Bachelor of Science (current)
Stanford Law School J.D. (current)

Community Activities

Member, Alameda County Transportation Commission (2009–current)
Member, Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Authority (2021–current)
Member, Bay Area Air Quality Management District (2016–2018)


Rebecca Kaplan was born in Ontario, Canada and grew up living with a universal healthcare system, in a family and community which encouraged her to fight for the rights of workers.  Stories about the history of worker abuses and the fight for worker rights, such as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, as well as people giving their lives for social justice, such as the murder of Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner were part of Rebecca's upbringing and inform her values.

Rebecca attended MIT as an undergraduate, where she was actively involved in organizing for women’s rights and reproductive freedom, LGBT equality, and part of the successful effort to get her campus to divest from apartheid-era South Africa.  She volunteered on the re-election campaign of Senator Kennedy and worked for the City of Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women. Rebecca obtained her law degree from Stanford Law School, where she had the opportunity to learn from teachers like Michelle Alexander (author of The New Jim Crow) and became involved in advocacy for prisoner rights and against mass incarceration.  She worked in Oakland as a tenant’s rights attorney and advocate and helped pass “Just Cause for Eviction” on the ballot.  She served for over seven years on the AC Transit Board of Directors, an elected position, and expanded late night bus service, opposed outsourcing, expanded bike-transit connections, solar power, and sustainable fuel initiatives.

Rebecca now serves as Oakland’s citywide elected Councilmember, elected November 2008, and was unanimously selected by her colleagues to be President of the Oakland City Council in January 2019 and unanimously selected to be Vice Mayor in 2021.  Rebecca serves on the Alameda County Transportation Commission, which represents all the local government agencies and transit providers in the Bay Area.  She led her colleagues in successfully passing the 2019-2021 budget with increased investments to combat the homeless crisis, create and preserve affordable housing, maintain Oakland's parks, and tackle illegal blight remediation.  The budget also restored cuts to Parks Maintenance positions and increased funding around police accountability and workforce development. Kaplan is Oakland's first openly-LGBT elected official and has successfully fought for support for LGBT youth programs, to end discriminatory laws, and to support community leadership in boards, commissions, and community-based organizations.

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Check out our official Rebecca Kaplan for Alameda County Supervisor District 3 campaign video! Rebecca has worked on legislation that has bettered the lives of people in Alameda County and around the Bay. From solutions for our unsheltered neighbors, to zero-emission hydrogen fuel trucks that can cut pollution and negative health impacts, to finding funding for vital services like fire prevention and mental health crisis response, Rebecca is a committed public servant with a proven track record of putting progressive values in action. Rebecca cares deeply for our communities and leads with her head and heart. She brings extensive experience and in-depth policy knowledge, working regionally and in collaboration across communities. She is the leader who will help us build stronger, healthier communities. Join us in supporting Rebecca Kaplan for Alameda County Supervisor, District 3. PLEASE SHARE THIS VIDEO WIDELY with friends and your networks and vote by June 7th, 2022, Rebecca Kaplan for Alameda County Supervisor District 3. Learn more about Rebecca and the campaign: Donate so we reach more voters (and share this video with digital outreach):

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