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City of OaklandCandidate for City Council, District 6

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Kevin Jenkins

Director of Housing
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public Safety
  • Neighborhood Beautification
  • Economic Development



Profession:Director of Housing Justice
Director of Housing Justice, Non Profit (2021–current)
Trustee Area 2, Peralta Community College District — Elected position (2020–current)


California State University East Bay Master's Degree, Public Administration (2016)
San Francisco State University BA, Urban Studies and Planning (2012)

Community Activities

Member, 100 Black Men of the Bay Area (2020–current)
Member, Oakland Rotary # 3 (2022–current)


Kevin was born and raised in East Oakland, California as the son of two Oakland Unified School District employees. He graduated from Oakland High School and attended Laney College and College of Alameda (part of the Peralta Community College District where Kevin now serves) to help shape his career path and enter public service.  Kevin then transferred to San Francisco State University where he earned a B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning. 


After graduating from San Francisco State, Kevin worked for Supervisor Keith Carson at the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, where he focused on land use and planning, energy, technology, and youth-enhanced program development. While working full-time and raising his son, Elijah, Kevin attended California State University, East Bay, earning a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.


In November 2020, Kevin was elected to represent Area 2 for the Peralta Community College District, which includes all of East Oakland. Since joining the Peralta Board of Trustees, Kevin has advocated for funding towards student housing, worked closely with his colleagues to ensure that workers are represented and has helped students, staff and faculty navigate through the global pandemic.



During his tenure with Peralta, Kevin orchestrated cross sector partnerships with Peralta Community College and Oakland community-based organizations to enhance educational opportunities. Kevin is  working with the Board of Trustees to ensure we enhance public safety on campus so that students and faculty feel safe. Kevin believes very deeply in community representation and his role as a Peralta trustee has shaped him to become a community leader for our families and residents.


Kevin served as a commissioner for the Alameda County Public Health Commision for over three years. In his role, he worked with the health department to  address  emerging health needs and reduce homelesness. At the start of Covid-19, Kevin worked with the Public Health Department to provide up-to-date information to residents throughout our neighborhoods.



Currently, Kevin is the Director of Housing for an anti-poverty organization,  working directly with community members to explore creative ways to address the rising rent and build affordable housing. Kevin continues to partner with the non-profits to address illegal dumping and blight in Oakland. He is a proud member of The Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 21. Kevin also serves as the President of the California Association of Black School Educators and is leading the expansion for educational opportunities for underrepresented students by enacting policies that will improve student performance while bolstering opportunities for college and career readiness. He is also a proud father to his son Elijah, a second-generation Oaklander who attends local schools. 

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