Green Festival Speakers

Nancy Nadel



Nancy Nadel is in her third term as an Oakland City Councilmember for District 3. She has been a West Oakland resident for 25 years.

Nancy represents the city of Oakland on the National League of Cities. Nancy works extensively on violence prevention and obstacles to employment. She spearheaded the effort to get a measure on the ballot to fund violence prevention and enforcement programs, Measure R, which lost by only 600 votes in March 2004, and she cochaired with Councilmembers Quan and De La Fuente, the revised version, Measure Y, which won the November 2004 election.

Nancy's issues are the issues important to her constituents, including environment and environmental justice, arts, housing and economic development in the context of Sustainable Community Development.

Prior to joining the council she worked as a teacher, an artist, a geophysicist, a small business owner and an environmental engineer with the US EPA. She began her political career as an elected director of the East Bay Municipal Utility District Board where she served two terms and was their first woman Board President. During that period, she was a founding director of a water policy nonprofit that is still in existence called POWER. Nancy has also taught at many grade levels from elementary school to university.

She has been published in several journals with articles about water policy, affirmative action, environmental justice and sustainable development.

She is an avid gardener, needlework artist, tricyclist, and kayaker.