Dan Siegel is a well-known civil rights attorney and community leader with the vision and problem-solving skills that Oakland needs to become a safe and prosperous city.
His campaign emphasizes achieving social and economic justice as the key strategy for uniting the people of Oakland to solve our City's problems and make Oakland a great City.
One Tough Negotiator
As a lawyer, Siegel has specialized in employment and labor law. He has won a number of high-profile cases, including the two largest verdicts ever awarded in cases brought under Title IX, the law that forbids sex discrimination by colleges and universities. Siegel has consistently fought against unfair labor practices, including wrongful termination, tenure discrimination at universities, and sex discrimination.
In 1987, Siegel left private practice to work as Chief of Complex Litigation in the San Francisco City Attorney's office, where he led the effort to settle a 14-year-old employment discrimination case against the San Francisco Fire Department and guaranteed hiring and promotions for women and people of color. He then served as General Counsel for the Oakland Public Schools, leading efforts for improved school safety and negotiating contracts with unions representing district employees.
For the past four decades, Dan Siegel has worked tirelessly to improve our quality of life in Oakland, whether it be writing education policy as President of the School Board, or defending civil liberties in the court of law.
A Leader on the School Board
Siegel was elected to the Oakland School Board in 1998 and served until 2006, acting as President of the Board in 2000 and 2003.
During his time there, Siegel successfully advocated for a 24% pay raise for public school teachers and led the effort to hire Superintendent Dennis Chaconas. He also wrote several of the school district's most important policies, including the School Safety Plans, Life Skills Curriculum, and Nutrition policy.
A Leader in Our Community
Siegel has also served Oakland in a number of other civic roles. He chaired the Oakland Community Policing Task Force that resulted in the Community Policing Ordinance that has yet to be fully implemented. Siegel is the former chair of the Oakland Housing Authority Commission, where he rooted out waste and inefficiencies in our public housing.
He also served on the board of directors for the Greater Oakland YMCA, and, very early in her administration, as a legal adviser to Mayor Jean Quan.
Highlights of Siegel's Public Service
- Drafted Oakland's community policing ordinance.
- Developed comprehensive health and safety plans for all Oakland schools.
- Led efforts to resolve problems of police corruption, poor maintenance, and resident and employee complaints at the Oakland Housing Authority.
- Successfully negotiated contracts with unions representing school district employees without strikes or even threats of strikes.
- Resolved litigation to ensure the hiring of women and people of color by the San Francisco Fire Department.
- Developed the Oakland school's district's nationally acclaimed nutrition policy.
- Successfully defended Oakland's authority to regulate problem liquor stores.
- Led the anti-Vietnam war movement as a law student at U.C. Berkeley.
- Registered African-American voters in the South during the 1960's.