Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin has spent his life fighting for social and economic justice and delivering results. He was first elected Mayor in 2016, becoming Berkeley’s first Latino Mayor and its youngest in a century.
A progressive leader from the start, Arreguin is the son and grandson of farm workers. Growing up in a working-class household, he was the first in his family to go to college, here at UC Berkeley.
For 8 years, Arreguin served on the City Council, representing Downtown and portions of North Berkeley. In that role, he worked to expand affordable housing, raise the city’s minimum wage, and revitalize Downtown. On the Council, he authored more than 300 pieces of successful legislation.
During his first term as Mayor, Berkeley has seen more housing production than at any time in decades. We approved hundreds of units of affordable housing, and became the first city in the county to provide universal legal defense for tenants facing eviction, keeping hundreds of renters from losing their homes. Arreguin’s leadership on homelessness helped move hundreds of people off the streets and into housing. The Mayor has also promoted green building and a fossil fuel-free city, worked with the Berkeley Promise Initiative to provide scholarships to low-income students, helped make it easier to open a small business, worked with the Council to increase police accountability and reduce police use of force and racial disparities in policing, helped make lasting investments in streets and infrastructure, and stood up to Donald Trump by protecting our immigrant communities and defending our progressive values.
In 2019, elected officials throughout the region unanimously elected Mayor Arreguin as President of the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), a regional planning agency which encompasses the nine-county Bay Area. ABAG promotes regional collaboration to address shared housing, transportation, economic inequality, and climate change challenges impacting the 101 municipalities in the region.