About Nikki

NikkiFortunatoBas_brookeanderson-4.jpgDear Oaklanders,

I’ve lived in District 2 for over 20 years, in the Crocker Highlands neighborhood. I’m a lifelong community organizer and got my start in Chinatown, organizing Chinese immigrant garment workers to win their wages back. And, I’m a working mother who will do whatever it takes to keep our kids safe and make sure their future is bright.

I share your love for Oakland's community, diversity, and rich cultural heritage, and I also share your fear that displacement, gentrification and growing inequality are threatening our very identity as a city. The #BBQBecky and #JoggerJoe incidents at Lake Merritt are wake up calls for all of us. We must come together to build an inclusive, just and equitable city, and we need independent leaders, rooted in our communities, who will take action. It starts with acknowledging that housing is a human right and prioritizing housing solutions for all Oaklanders. 

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I’m running to bring bold, innovative and proactive leadership to make Oakland work for all of us. I will tackle the critical issues facing our city and District 2 and bring accountability to City Hall. I will listen and bring people together, and I will have the courage to stand up and fight for real solutions — just as I have as a community organizer. 

I’m guided by values I learned from my parents, both immigrants from the Philippines. Witnessing their struggles taught me the importance of integrity, honesty and fairness. I would be proud to be Oakland's first Filipina Councilwoman and give voice to our diverse Asian Pacific Islander community at City Hall.

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I got my start organizing in Oakland Chinatown 25 years ago, when I met brave immigrant women garment workers who were cheated out of their wages by a fancy dress maker. They showed me the meaning of justice by standing up for their rights, over four long years, until they won. Since then, I have been learning from and standing with women, immigrants, and communities of color to work for justice.

For two decades, I’ve been an advocate for working people, leading the passage of policies in Oakland to create the building blocks for regional, state, and national change:

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  • Raising Oakland’s minimum wage with paid sick leave by passing Measure FF which won with 81% voter support.
  • Bringing City government and developers to the table with community groups to secure a ground-breaking good jobs policy for the Oakland Army Base redevelopment, which is putting Oaklanders to work and exceeding its 50% local hire goal.
  • Partnering with neighborhood and environmental groups on a Port of Oakland Clean Trucks Program to reduce diesel emissions and create healthier neighborhoods.

 

I want Oakland to be a model city for all of us. My campaign has knocked on thousands of doors asking District 2 neighbors about their concerns and their vision for Oakland. My platform is the product of hundreds of conversations in people’s homes, in our neighborhoods, at farmers markets and City events, and with organizations that serve our communities every day. I look forward to working on these issues with you to advance our vision for Oakland.

  • Prioritizing housing for all Oaklanders
  • Establishing a community approach to policing and safety
  • Tackling illegal dumping and other threats to quality of life
  • Promoting a values-based City budget & thriving economy
  • Preserving our cultural heritage & districts
  • Protecting our environment and our residents’ health

Please join me in my campaign to build an Oakland for all of us!

To get in touch with me, email info[at]nikki4oakland.com.

Forward for Oakland,

Nikki

 

A Recognized & Effective Leader

Nikki's campaign is endorsed by numerous organizations, leaders and neighbors; see her endorsements here. Both her campaign and her professional work have been featured in the media; see her media page here. Nikki's leadership has been widely recognized. In 1999, she won the Mario Savio Young Activist Award for her work organizing garment workers and building the student anti-sweatshop movement. In 2012, the San Francisco Chronicle recognized her as a social justice Changemaker. This year, she is the recipient of Oakland Rising's Townie of the Year award. She is currently the Executive Director of the Partnership for Working Families and previously the Executive Director of the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE). 

 

Credits: Logo by Innosanto Nagara. Photos of candidate, Bella Vista Elementary, Crocker Highlands Elementary by Brooke Anderson Photography. Photos of campaign launch in Chinatown and Lincoln Elementary by Hanh Nguyen Photography