Councilmember Abel Guillén represents Oakland’s District 2, and has served the people of Oakland and the East Bay for over 11 years in public elected office. Throughout his years of service, Abel has fought to make education more affordable and accessible to our young people, prioritize job growth in our communities, and increase affordable housing for East Bay working families.
The son of immigrant parents, and a Bay Area native, Abel grew up in a working-class neighborhood, learning at a young age what a good job can do for families -- and for an entire community. Those values and lessons learned early on are what guide him today.
Abel was elected to the Oakland City Council in 2014. Prior to Abel’s election to his service on the Oakland City Council, Abel served as an elected member of the Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees. As Trustee, Abel secured over $20 million for career education and green-jobs training, and raised more than $50,000 for scholarships for students from underserved communities.
Every day, as your Councilmember, Abel gets up ready to serve District 2 with the goal of championing Oakland, and helping our city become a safer, more peaceful, innovative and vibrant community, while sustaining the our diversity that makes our city unique. He currently chairs the Finance & Management Committee, and is a member of the Education Partnership Committee, Public Works Committee, Public Safety and the Rules and Legislation Committees.
During Abel's time in office, he has worked diligently to improve the quality of life for all Oaklanders and the District 2 neighborhoods he serves. Abel has secured $100,000 for community-led neighborhood beautification efforts, co-authored legislation to increase the Oakland Police Department’s ability to recruit and retain Oakland residents and candidates of color, and secured $800,000 to enhance the maintenance of the Measure DD investments that have improved the parkland around Lake Merritt.
Abel is the first person in his family to graduate from college, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and obtaining a Master’s degree from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.