Libby Schaaf believes that her hometown of Oakland is the greatest place to live, work, play and do business. As the Mayor of Oakland, Schaaf is committed to revitalization that preserves and celebrates Oakland’s diversity and leads to direct prosperity for long-time residents and newcomers. In her current position, she draws up her two decades of public service experience that began while she was a young attorney leading volunteer efforts in Oakland. She later left her legal career at Oakland’s largest law firm to build and run the first centralized volunteer program for Oakland public schools at the Marcus Foster Institute. Schaaf eventually went on to become Public Affairs Director for the Port of Oakland.
Schaaf earned B.A. in political science from Rollins College and a J.D. from Loyola Law School.