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City of AlamedaCandidate for Mayor

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Frank Matarrese

Councilmember/Business Owner
6,321 votes (20%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • To keep Alameda thriving by making decisions in the best interest of the entire city and to protect our City services.
  • To apply reasonable approaches to any development and to work to untangle traffic and make our street safer for all
  • To find new ways to address Alameda's housing issues, especially for our most vulnerable.residents



Profession:City Council Member / Alameda Business Owner
Principle Consultant (Consulting group for Biotechnology Start-Ups), Self (2014–current)
City Council Member, City of Alameda — Elected position (2014–2018)


University of California (Berkeley) Bachelor's Degree (Biological Sciences), Major coursework emphasized biological sciences and chemistry (general and organic) (1977)

Community Activities

Board Member, Cristo Rey Delasalle High School St, Elizabeth (Oakland) (2017–current)
Member, Alameda Sister City Association (2012–current)
President, Matarrese Foundation (furthering Catholic Education in underserved communities) (2015–current)
Member, Alameda Democratic Club (2003–current)


Frank first served on the Alameda City Council from 2002 through 2010. Frank was the top vote getter in the 2014 election, and returned to the City Council.

Frank was born in Oakland and raised in the Fruitvale district. After attending local schools (Oakland 's St. Elizabeth Elementary and High School), he attended the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Biology, playing on the Cal 1973 JV football team and studying marine algae at the Bodega Marine Laboratory. He was awarded his Bachelor's degree in Biological Science in 1977. He became active in the Oakland Community Organization network, working on school improvements, truancy reduction and crime prevention. Frank served on the Oakland Parks and Recreation Commission and the Alameda County Transportation Authority (ACTA) citizen advisory commission.

With more than thirty years working in the biotechnology industry, Frank started his own consulting group in 2004 to assist firms who are navigating the highly regulated drug approval process. Frank continues to operate this successful Alameda based business.

Upon moving to Alameda in 1994 with his wife Kris and their sons, Frank became involved in the community, first with the Alameda Free Library. Frank co-chaired the successful Measure O campaign to build the first new main library in Alameda in over 100 years. Mayor Ralph Appezzatto appointed Frank to the Alameda Economic Development Commission, where he served for four years, two as Chair and was the lead on delivering the City’s Economic Development Strategic Plan and Downtown Vision Plan to the City Council its approval. He then served two years on the Planning Board prior to being elected to the City Council in 2002. Frank was re-elected to the City Council in 2006. During his first terms in office Frank was a leader in efforts to restore the historic Alameda Theater and saw to completion of the Main Library and improvements at the branches. Frank also promoted a Fiscal Sustainability Committee to find ways for long term stability in the City budget and a Local Climate Action Plan for Alameda’s future in addressing climate change.

A life-long Democrat and active member of the community, Frank continued to serve. After leaving office in 2010, Frank worked three months as a class room assistant in a school in El Salvador, worked in supporting Alameda’s Sister City Association and was active in signature gathering to re-zone excess Federal property near Crab Cove.

In 2014 Frank returned to the City Council and was voted by the City Council to serve as Alameda’s Vice Mayor for the first two years of his term. Frank serves on the City Council liaison committees for the East Bay Regional Parks District and AC Transit.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As Mayor, I will keep you informed. I will listen. I will lead.  My priorities are to keep Alameda thriving by making decisions in the best interest of the entire city.  I will continue protecting our City services.

I have served as your councilmember since 2014 and from 2002 to 2010.  I was a leader in efforts to build our Main Library, restore the Alameda Theater, promote new parks, support wildlife conservation (the Alameda Point harbor seal float!) and establish Alameda’s Fiscal Sustainability and Climate Action Plans.  I voted for commercial re-use of buildings at Alameda Point and for launching development delivering $88 million toward Alameda Point backbone infrastructure.


I want reasonable approaches for development.  I will work to untangle traffic. I will seek new ways to address housing issues, especially for our most vulnerable.  I will continue to make prudent Budget decisions and take action to protect our environment.


Alameda faces many challenges and I welcome ideas from all residents and organizations for the betterment of our community. I commit to civility and focus during Council meetings so we can make decisions in the best interest of Alameda.



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