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Alameda City CouncilCandidate for City Council

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Lena Tam

Environmental Engineer
8,693 votes (15.25%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Reduce traffic congestion with improved public transit
  • Provide workforce housing for teachers and new families
  • Maintain high level of public safety services



Profession:Environmental Engineer/former Alameda City Councilmember and Vice-Mayor
Manager of Water Resources Planning, East Bay Municipal Utility District (1992–current)
Councilmember/Vice-Mayor, Alameda City Council — Elected position (2006–2014)
Chair, Alameda County Energy Council — Appointed position (2013–2014)
Boardmember, California League of California Cities — Appointed position (2012–2014)
President, Alameda Health Care District Board of Directors — Elected position (2002–2006)
Chair/Commissioner, Alameda County Plannng Commission — Appointed position (2000–2004)


UC Berkeley/University of San Francisco Master of Public Administration, Public Administration (1996)
University of California, Berkeley Bachelor of Science, Environmental and Civil Engineering (1994)

Community Activities

Boardmember, Alameda Friends of the Park (2014–current)
President, Alameda County Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus (2013–current)
Past Boardmember, Save San Francisco Bay (2011–2014)
Boardmember, League of California Cities (2012–2014)
Past President, Alameda League of Women Voters (1999–2001)


As a long-time resident of Alameda, Lena has served in leadership positions in the community:

  • Alameda City Council/Vice-Mayor
  • President, Alameda Health Care District Board of Directors
  • President of the Alameda League of Women Voters
  • President, Alameda County Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus
  • Chair, East Bay Asian Voter Education Consortium
  • Executive board, National Women’s Political Caucus
  • Boardmember, Save the Bay
  • Boardmember, Friends of the Park

Lena served on the Alameda City Council from 2006-2014.  In November 2006, she garnered the highest number of votes in that election to become Vice-Mayor.  She was re-elected in November 2010.  During her previous tenure on the City Council, Lena provided leadership on tough issues to improve the quality of life. 

Navigating through the worst economic recession in our generation, she worked with her colleagues to support key city services:

  • maintaining public safety
  • enhancing public library services
  • retaining the Alameda Animal Shelter
  • funding youth sports
  • protecting open space at the Jean Sweeney Park and the Chuck Corica Golf Course
  • preserving protect historic landmarks like the Meyers House

Leveraging funding from the state, she work to create 18 units of affordable housing for the disabled at the Jack Capon Villa, 62 units at Park Alameda and 38 units at Shinsei Gardens.

Lena has also served as Alameda’s representative with the League of California Cities, and was elected to the Executive Board of the East Bay Division and as president of the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus of the League.  She also serves on the Environmental Quality Policy Committee and Water Task of the League.  She was Alameda’s representative on the Alameda County Waste Management Authority and, and chaired Alameda County’s first Energy Council.

In early 2000, Lena chaired the Alameda County Planning Commission, promoting sustainable land use practices through the Transportation Planning Element, transit-oriented housing and pedestrian/bicycle-friendly communities, and adopted the County’s Housing Element.

Lena is a licensed civil engineer in California and manages the water and power resources for the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), engaging in collaborative negotiations with other utility agencies and statewide organizations.  Lena represents EBMUD in several policy areas within the county, state and federal jurisdictions.  


Lena was recognized by the California State Legislature as “Woman of the Year” for the 16th Assembly District in 2005 for her service and leadership in the community. She is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil/environmental engineering and a Masters degree in public administration. 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Dr. Hal Gin, Chabot Los-Positas College Board of Trustees

Organizations (2)

  • Alameda County Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus
  • Betty Yee, California State Controller

Individuals (16)

  • Barbara Kahn, Alameda Unified School District Board of Trustees
  • Bill Delaney, Friends of the Park Foundation President
  • John Chiang, California State Treasurer
  • Fiona Ma, Chair, Board of Equalization
  • Marie Gilmore, former Alameda Mayor
  • Benny Lee, San Leandro City Councilmember
  • Suzanne Chan, Fremont City Councilmember
  • Bill Withrow, Peralta Community College Board of Trustees
  • Stewart Chen, Former Alameda City Councilmember
  • Jim Meyers, Alameda Health Care District
  • Dr. Robert Deutsch, Alameda Health Care District, President
  • Honora Murphy, Friends of the Library
  • Wilma Chan, Alameda County Board of Supervisors
  • Alice Lai-Bitker, former Alameda County Board of Supervisors
  • Evan Low, California State Assembly
  • Kansen Chu, California State Assembly

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As the former president of the Alameda League of Women Voters and Alameda Healthcare District Board of Directors, Lena vigorously advocated for open and accessible government to insure that all voices in our community are heard in protecting community services.  Lena led by bringing the community together. In partnership with environmental, business, and community service groups, she advanced healthy, environmentally-friendly well-planned growth that is economically sustainable for Alameda. 



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