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City of EmeryvilleCandidate for City CouncilShort Term

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Courtney Welch

Policy Director
641 votes (55.4%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increasing the amount of affordable housing options in the city of Emeryville and permanent housing options for those experiencing homelessness
  • Addressing public safety concerns
  • Increasing transit service and equity



Profession:Policy Director
Director of Policy and Communications, Bay Area Community Land Trust (2021–current)
Member, Alameda County Housing and Community Advisory Board — Appointed position (2018–current)
Commissioner, Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women — Appointed position (2019–current)
Consumer Advisor Member, Children's Hospital Consumer Advisory Board — Appointed position (2017–current)
Member, City of Emeryville Housing Committee — Appointed position (2021–current)
Delegate, California Democratic Party Assembly District Delegate — Elected position (2019–2021)


Courtney Welch is an East Bay native, experienced civic leader, and proud mother of two running to represent the residents of Emeryville on the Emeryville City Council. 

Courtney currently works as the Director of Policy and Communications with the Bay Area Community Land Trust, (BACLT) where she and her team help create permanently affordable housing through cooperatively-run land stewardship projects.

Prior to BACLT, Courtney was the Continuum of Care Specialist with EveryOne Home, where she played a key role in ensuring the Alameda County Continuum of Care is compliant and operates efficiently and effectively to address homelessness. In 2015, she founded Courtney Consulting Agency, a virtual assistant firm dedicated to assisting minority-owned startups and small businesses with administrative and operations needs. 

Courtney has a long track record of community service, including serving as an elected Assembly District 15 delegate to the California Democratic Party, was the former chair and political director of the California Young Democrats Black Caucus. Courtney was recently was appointed to the City of Emeryville Housing Committee, serves as the chair of the Alameda County Housing and Community Development Advisory Board, is a commissoner for the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women, and a community member advisor on the Board of Directors for the Center for the Vulnerable Child-Children's Hospital Oakland Consumer Advisory Board. 

A graduate of Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, Courtney attended the College of Alameda and Hampton University. She resides in the Christie Core neighborhood in Emeryville with her sons Caleb (age 6) and Cruz (age 1).

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (12)

  • Alameda County Democratic Party
  • Building and Construction Trades Council of Alameda County
  • Alameda County Labor Council
  • SEIU 1021
  • The Collective PAC
  • Run For Something
  • BWOPA PAC Oakland/Berkeley
  • Sierra Club
  • East Bay For Everyone
  • East Bay Young Democrats
  • Vote Mama
  • IAFF Local 55

Elected Officials (15)

  • Dianne Martinez, Mayor of Emeryville
  • Scott Donahue, Vice Mayor of Emeryville
  • Ally Medina, Emeryville City Councilmember
  • John Bauters, Emeryville City Councilmember
  • Sheng Thao, Oakland City Councilmember
  • Keith Carson, Alameda County Supervisor District 5
  • Jean Walsh, AC Transit Director
  • Buffy Wicks, Assemblymember AD-15
  • Jesse Arreguin, Mayor of Berkeley
  • Terry Taplin, Berkeley City Councilmember
  • Ben Bartlett, Berkeley City Councilmember
  • Dan Kalb, Oakland City Councilmember
  • Treva Reid, Oakland City Councilmember
  • Andy Katz, EBMUD Director
  • Brynnda Collins, Emery USD Board President

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My political philosphy is that to have an effective government that truly serves the people, those closest to the problems we need to solve should be front and center at the table when discussing policies to address our issues. Many people feel that proximity to idenities and experiences means they have the ability to speak for those communities, but nothing can ever or will ever triumph first hand lived experience. Government should be accessible, open, honest, transparent and those in leadership should be united in serving the community first and have respect for one another alongside respect for their constiuents. 

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