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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 18Short Term

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Mia Bonta

School Board President
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Homelessness: Address homelessness head on by focusing on the root causes of the crisis, expanding mental health services, increasing shelter access and transitional housing.
  • Affordable Housing: Advance legislation that creates new affordable housing and ensures current homeowners and renters can afford to stay in their homes here in the East Bay.
  • Education: Hold state leaders accountable for directing the additional public education funding provided by COVID-19 relief funds towards addressing the academic, social, and mental health impacts of the pandemic especially in communities hit hardest



Profession:Non-profit Executive / School Board President
CEO, Oakland Promise (2019–current)
President, Alameda Unified School District Board — Elected position (2018–current)


Yale Law School Juris Doctor (J.D.) (1999)
Harvard Graduate School of Education Master's Degree in Education (Ed.M.) (1996)
Yale University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Psychology (1993)


Mia Bonta is running to represent the East Bay in the State Assembly to continue working to push open California’s door of opportunity for communities that have for too long been locked out and ensure Californians of all backgrounds get a fair shot.

Mia has spent her career advocating for students and working families. After moving to Alameda more than 20 years ago, Mia worked for and led several nonprofit organizations focused on improving educational outcomes for low-income students. Mia currently serves as the CEO of Oakland Promise, a cradle-to-college and career preparation initiative across Oakland public schools. She has seen firsthand how the systems in our state — from education and the criminal justice system to health care and housing — often fail to provide for those they’re intended to serve.

Growing up, Mia moved 13 times in 16 years, and with every move she carried what was most precious to her: a crate of books. Education was the one constant in her life, and Mia was fortunate to attend schools that would foster her love of learning and offer her a caring community of teachers and administrators committed to her success. For Mia, education was life-changing, and was what first inspired Mia to become a public servant.

In 2018, Mia was elected to the Alameda Unified School District School Board, and she currently serves as Board President. In addition to her professional work, Mia has served as a PTA member, a school site council member, a member of Alameda Free Library Foundation, and an active community member. Mia also serves as a delegate for the district to the California Democratic Party, worked on several campaigns dedicated to electing progressive labor candidates, and served on the AD-18 Advisory Committees for Women, Education, and Early Childhood.

Who supports this candidate?

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $1,144,058

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

California Professional Firefighters
California School Employees Association (CSEA)
California Teachers Association
California Waste Solutions and employees
California Faculty Association

More information about contributions

By State:

California 89.59%
New Jersey 4.30%
Maryland 1.91%
District of Columbia 0.99%
Other 3.21%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.60%)
Small contributions (0.40%)

By Type:

From organizations (59.75%)
From individuals (40.25%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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