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Alameda County, CA,

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Healthy Homes Department
Including the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Lead Poisoning

Board of Directors

The Alameda County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is governed by a Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors comprised of a representative of the City Council of each County Service Area city and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, and a Community Representative. The current Board of Directors are:

Hon. Susan Wengraf. Councilmember City of Berkeley

Hon. Susan Wengraf. Councilmember City of Berkeley was first elected in 2008. She is currently serving her third term on the Berkeley City Council, representing District 6. Prior to her election to Council, Susan served on the Planning Commission where she led the University Avenue Strategic Plan Sub-Committee, chaired the Density Bonus Sub-Committee, and also served on committees that evaluated the Landmarks Preservation Ordinance and established a Blight Ordinance.

Active in Democratic Party politics, Wengraf served as President of the Berkeley Democratic Club from 2000 to 2008. She has served on many boards, including Prospect School, The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, and The Live Oak Neighborhood Association, which she founded. Currently, she sits on the Advisory Board of the Berkeley Film Foundation. Wengraf has represented the City of Berkeley on ABAG, Alameda County Waste Management Authority, Oakland Airport Noise Forum and the League of California Cities.

John Bauters

Hon. John Bauters was first elected to the Emeryville City Council in 2016, where he currently serves as the city's Vice Mayor. Prior to his election, John served on Emeryville's Planning Commission and Housing Committee. He spent nearly a decade as a legal aid attorney where his work was focused on homelessness, tenant rights, and housing quality standards. He is currently employed as the Director of Government Relations at Californians for Safety and Justice, a nonprofit organization that works to replace prison and justice system spending with common sense solutions to create safe neighborhoods and stronger families while saving taxpayer dollars. He received his B.A. in Government from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from Boston College Law School. He lives in Emeryville with his partner Aaron.

Lynette Gibson McElhaney

Lynette Gibson McElhaney is a U.S. politician and member of the Oakland City Council in Oakland, California. She was elected to her first term holding the District 3 Oakland City Council seat in 2012 after the retirement of four-term incumbent Nancy Nadel. A 20-year leader in affordable housing with experience as an executive director for a housing nonprofit, she is known as a bridge builder and advocate that balances neighborhood needs with the need of the local economy to create jobs, expand opportunities, and increase access to retail and services for local residents. In 2015, She was named one of San Francisco Business Times' "most influential women in Bay Area business".

Hon. Wilma Chan

Hon. Wilma Chan, Alameda County Supervisor District 3, has been a strong advocate for children and families for more than 35 years. Ms. Chan was elected twice as the first Asian American to serve on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors after completing a term on the Oakland Board of Education. Ms. Chan's work as a Supervisor has included pioneering the Human Impact Budget, which shows how budget cuts affect individuals and families. Ms. Chan also represented Oakland, Alameda, and Piedmont in the California State Assembly from 2000-2006. In addition to serving as the first woman Majority Leader of the State Assembly, Ms. Chan authored many groundbreaking bills, including one making California the first state to implement a no-lead standard in drinking water pipes and fixtures. Language similar to Ms. Chan's bill was used in legislation in other states as well as in the federal Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, signed into law by President Obama in 2011.

Gwen Hardy

Gwen Hardy, Community Representative has served on the JPA Board since the Lead Program's inception in 1992. She is one of the original members of People United for a Better Life in Oakland (PUEBLO), a group of activists who launched a community education and advocacy campaign, demanding a response to high levels of lead poisoning and lead hazards in Oakland resulting in the formation of the Alameda County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. She has a long history of commitment to improving the lives of children through community organizing and advocacy work.

Vice Mayor Malia Villa

Since 2013, Vice Mayor Malia Villa has served as a member and the Chair of the Historical Advisory Board (HAB), a co-chair of the Annual Holiday Tea with her mother Toni Garlit, she has assisted in the annual Holiday Tour benefiting Alameda Children & Family Services, she also serves on the board of both Alameda Family Services and Spectrum Community Services. She is a member of the Alameda Family Services League, the Alameda Philippine Independence Day Committee, Alameda Sister Cities Association, and a founding member of the Dumaguete Sister Cities Committee.

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