“It is not about what you say but about what you do”


Noel Gallo is a proven community leader and lifelong resident of Oakland. For close to 30 years Noel has worked diligently to represent and advocated for District 5 families and children. He is the Incumbent City Councilmember for District 5.

Noel is honored that he has been elected by District 5 voters to serve on the Oakland Board of Education for 20 years and the Oakland City Council for the past 7.5 years.

Noel’s Family

Noel has been married to Aliza, for over thirty- eight years. Together they have raised four children that attended Fremont High and Oakland High School and are graduates of Stanford University and UC Berkeley, Masters Programs, Santa Clara University, California State East Bay and UCLA.

Noel grew up in Oakland’s Fruitvale/San Antonio District neighborhoods, where he and Aliza raised their family and continue to live. Noel attended local schools and graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a Business Degree.


Over that timeframe, Noel has built strong community partnerships, expertise and has never faltered in his commitment and vision to building a strong safe and clean city. Noel’s priorities have consistently been to build partnerships and collaborations with neighbors, families, community and elected leaders to ensure a clean and safe Oakland that has great schools, affordable housing, encourages business development, and promotes job creation and vibrant, safe neighborhoods for children and families.

Noel continues to implement an “Actions speaks louder than words” work ethic and has been a tireless advocate for equitable resource distribution of funding and city services to District 5 and East Oakland’s neighborhoods.

Currently Noel serves as the Chairperson of the Public Safety Committee, was the co-author for the ballot measure that established the Citizens Police Commission and has recently led the effort to clarify/strengthen the commission’s role to best serve the interests of the community. He was a leader in the establishment of the Reimagining Public Safety Task Force to increase community safety. Noel was a leader in the passage of the 2020-2021 City of Oakland Budget that provides a more equitable district of the city’s budget to East and West Oakland.

For the past eight years Noel has continued his Clean Streets, Safe Streets to provide a clean and safe city for business attraction and growth, a safe environment for children and families, and promoting volunteerism and ownership of our neighborhoods. In cooperation with neighborhoods, schools, organizations, businesses and churches, volunteers every Saturday and Sunday to remove illegal dumping from District 5 streets & sidewalks and serve homeless encampments.

Moving forward, Noel’s priorities will focus on addressing these critical issues:

Affordable Housing
Clean/Safe Streets
COVID response & resiliency
Small Business/Economic Development
Children & Education
Pedestrian Safety & Transportation Improvements

Noel also served on the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education for 20 years, bringing new school facilities, enrichment programs, and championed efforts to ensure an equitable education for all. He continues to support education equity, continuing efforts to ensure that school facilities in District 5 were renovated and rebuilt; working with the School District, community and labor unions.


Oakland City Council, District 5 (Current)
Oakland Board of Education, District 5
Regional Director, Ray and Associates, Cedar Rapids, Iowa National Superintendent/Executive Searches for California School Districts
Parks and Recreation Manager/Public Works Agency Manager, City of OaklandProject Labor Agreement Consultant, Port of OaklandDirector of General Services, East Side Union High School District, San JoseDirector of Learning Resources, Oakland Unified School DistrictDirector of Education and Employment, Spanish Speaking Unity CouncilCoordinator, Alameda County Gang Prevention Council, Alameda County Board of SupervisorsExecutive Director, Spanish Speaking Citizens Foundation


Oakland City Council Committees:
Chairperson, Public Safety Committee
Member, Community & Economic Development (CED) Committee
Member, Public Works Committee
Member, Education Partnership Committee
Member, City-Port Liaison Committee
Member, AC Transit BRT Policy Advisory Committee
City Delegate, National League of Cities
City Delegate, League of California Cities
Member, Alameda County-Oakland Community Action Partnership Executive Committee
Member, Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO)
Member, University of California Chicano Latino Alumni Association (UC CLAA Partners)
Member, Fremont High School Facilities Committee
Member, Glenview Elementary School Facilities Committee

Other Leadership Roles:

Elected President of the Oakland Board of Education, Chairperson of several OUSD


Oakland Board of Education, 1992-2012
California School Board Association, Region Delegate
President, California Youth Outreach
Oakland Police Advisory Committee
Gang Prevention Council
Centro Legal Youth Law Academy
Latino Police Advisory Committee
Alameda County School Board Association
Parks and Recreation Commission
La Clinica de la Raza, Board of Directors
Life Academy High School Advisory Council
Oakland Athletic League Commission
Soccer Coach: (12 years) Oakland Bay Oaks; (4 years) Oakland High School