COUNCILMEMBER JESSE ARREGUÍN
On November 4, 2008, Jesse Arreguin was elected by the voters of District 4 to represent them on the Berkeley City Council. Jesse was re-elected to the Berkeley City Council in November 2010 by 53% of the vote, and was re-elected in November 2014 with 95% of the vote. Jesse is the first Latino to be elected to the Council and is the youngest Councilmember in Berkeley history.
In addition to his role as a City Councilmember, Jesse also serves on a number of regional and city committees, including serving as Berkeley's representative to the Oakland Airport Noise Forum, the 4×4 Joint Task Force Committee on Housing, 3×3 Berkeley Housing Authority/City Council Committee, the AC Transit-Berkeley Interagency Liaison Committee and the Berkeley Post Office Subcommittee. He is also the City Council's representative and current chair of the Berkeley/Albany Mental Health Commission and is the Chair of the Oversight Board for the Berkeley Redevelopment Successor Agency. He also serves as an elected Committee member on the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee.
Jesse at age 10 being interview by TV news after unveiling Cesar Chavez Street sign
Jesse has spent his entire life fighting for social justice and brings years of experience to his role on the City Council. From a very early age, Jesse has been passionately committed to social justice. The son and grandson of farm workers, he worked to educate others about the legacy of César Chávez and has modeled his life after Chávez's commitment to non-violent social change. Over the past 20 years, Jesse has been involved in political activism and public service in a number of ways: such as working to rename Army Street in San Francisco after his hero Cesar Chávez; working with organized labor in fighting for workers rights; and serving as a member of the San Francisco Youth Commission advising the Mayor and Board of Supervisors on issues relating to children and youth.
Jesse went to the University of California, Berkeley. During his time at Cal, he served as the City Affairs Director for the ASUC, representing the needs of the student community to City government. He also served on the Chancellor's Joint Oversight Committee on Parking and Transportation. Because of his work on affordable housing issues, he was appointed to the Housing Advisory Commission, which he served on until his election to the Berkeley City Council. In 2004 he was elected by the voters of Berkeley to serve as a Rent Stabilization Board Commissioner and from 2006-2008 he was unanimously selected by his colleagues to Chair the Rent Board. He also served on the Downtown Area Plan Advisory Committee, Planning Commission, Zoning Adjustments Board, and Joint Density Bonus Subcommittee.
Prior to his election to the City Council in 2008, Jesse worked as a Legislative Assistant to Berkeley City Councilmember Kriss Worthington, helping constituents as well as developing progressive public policy. He also served on the Board of the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association and on the Executive Committee of the Sierra Club Northern Alameda County Group.