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Democratic Party County Central Committee — Democratic PartyCandidate for Member, Assembly District 18

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Brendalynn R. Goodall

Retired Social Worker
22,448 votes (4.04%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Elder Justice: Ensure that we support and elect officials that are invested in promoting healthy aging and provide resources and policies to prepare CA for our future demographics
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Rights: Work with elected officials who are committed to advancing and uphold the full civil and human rights of the LGBTQ community
  • Community Engagement: Increase community engagement, listen to your suggestions and concerns, and tak on issues you care about



Profession:Retired Social Worker
Selection Panel Member, City of Oakland, Police Commission Selection Panel — Appointed position (2019–current)
State Delegate, State Democratic Party Delegate for Senator Nancy Skinner — Appointed position (2019–current)
Standing Committee Member, California Democratic Party, Affirmative Action Standing Committee — Appointed position (2019–current)
Coordinator, Mayor Jean Quan's Youth Summer Jobs Program, City of Oakland (2012–2014)
Divsion Manager, Aging and Adult Services, City of Oakland, Department of Human Services (2002–2011)
Program Director, ASSETS Senior Employment Opportunities, City of Oakland, Department of Aging, Health, and Human Services (1990–2002)
Program Director/Asst. Director, National & State Senior Employment Program, Bay Area Community Services, Inc. (1987–1990)


San Francisco State University Master in Social Work (MSW), Social Work Administration (1978)
Hayward State University B.A., Psychology (1973)

Community Activities

Board President, Health & Human Resource Education Center, Inc. (2013–current)
Board Member, Pacific Center for Human Growth, Inc. (2019–current)
Executive Board Member, Treasurer, CA Democratic Party, LGBT Caucus (2013–current)
President, Vice-President, Secretary, & Treasurer, East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club (1997–2018)
Elected Delegate for Assembly District 18, California Democratic Party (2012–2016)


Born and raised in Oakland, CA, Brendalynn's activist and social justice roots are anchored in the East Bay. 

Professionally, Brendalynn retired eight years ago as the City of Oakland's Aging & Adult Services Division Manager. Brendalynn oversaw five programs for seniors and adults with disabilities and provided services to 4,000 vulnerable older adults annually.  Brendalynn is an accomplished administrator and social worker with more than 30 years in the fields of mental health, aging, and workforce development. Brendalynn received a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Master's Degree in Social Work from two Bay Area Institurions. 

Brendalynn is an out and proud 68 years old African American Lesbian who is passionate about social justice, civil rights and equality.  Recognized locally and nationally for her leadership skills, at the Creating Change Conference, she was presented the "Community Builders Award". In addition, Brendalynn was the 2018 Oakland Pride Legacy Grand Marshal.  

Serving as the immediate past President of East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club, she doubled the membership of Club and outreached to guarantee a more inclusive membership with greater participation. As Club President, Brendalynn led Stonewall in holding the first Oakland Pride Breakfast, honoring LGBTQ & Ally individuals and organizations for leadership and promoting equality. Brendalynn has been politically active in state, national, and local elections by phone banking, precinct walking, community organizing and fundraising. 

Brendalynn is currently the Board President of Health & Human Resource Education Center, Inc. (HHREC), a non-profit organization creating a healthy community by reducing the use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs and eliminating racism and violence.  She recently joined the Pacific Center for Human Growth Board of Directors. The Center offers peer support groups alongside mental health counseling for LGBTQ people from the community.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • State Senator Nancy Skinner, District 9
  • California State Controller, Betty Yee
  • California State Board of Equalization Chair, Malia Cohen

Organizations (4)

  • East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club
  • Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA)
  • The Wellstone Democratic Club
  • Alameda Labor Council

Elected Officials (4)

  • Oakland Mayor, Libby Schaaf
  • Assembly Member Rob Bonta, AD 18
  • Peralta Community College Trustee, Meredith Brown, Area 2
  • Alameda Unified School District Board President, Mia Bonta

Individuals (2)

  • Eleanor Moses, 2019 Democrat of the Year, Alameda Democratic Party
  • Gloria Crowell, Executive Director, Allen Temple Health & Social Services

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My entire life has been centered around giving back and building community engagement, and I am running for County Central Committee to bring new voices into the decisions that get made here in Alameda County about the future of the Party.  

Twenty-three years ago, I joined East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club because I saw no faces like mine on the board. In my time leading the Stonewall Club as Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-President, and President for six years, I doubled the membership and worked with the community to make our members more inclusive and more involved.

I am ready to take my advocacy and committed outreach to vulnerable communities to grow the Democratic Party here in Alameda County. As a lifelong Democrat, social worker, and former Aging & Adult Services Manager for the City of Oakland, I have been a strong voice on issues impacting elders, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals. As a Central Committee member, I will listen to your concerns and suggestions, and we will hold our elected officials accountable. 

I am running to have a vote and voice in the Alameda County Central Committee.  I have the community leadership, collaborative spirit and dedication to public service. 


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