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City of MarinaCandidate for City Council

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Lisa Berkley

Consultant/Planning Commissioner
4,418 votes (58.1%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increasing revenue for Marina by enhancing use of city assets (i.e. Marina Airport, Preston and Abrams parks);
  • Responsive and Accessible Government: Responsive leadership with accountability and transparency that supports participation of every member of our diverse community;
  • and, Smart Development which includes housing that is affordable and protecting our water. This includes infill development and housing that is affordable by design, (not urban sprawl) while developing within our land and water constraints and protec



As the Vice-Chair of the Marina Planning Commission and a member of the Marina City Council’s Ad- Hoc Committee for Downtown Vitalization, I work for sustainable economic growth and development and to provide greater citizen engagement. Transparency, inclusion, and collaboration define my leadership style and I am internationally recognized as an innovative problem solver.

With a background in management and consulting within the governmental, nonprofit, and private sectors, I am prepared to address Marina's complex challenges. Along with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics & Environmental Science, I am uniquely qualified to balance economic development with natural resource preservation.

I serve on a number of boards and organizations including Women In International Security’s U.S. West Coast Chapter (WIISWest), Citizens for Just Water, Democratic Women of Monterey County Club, and the Housing Resource Center of Monterey County, which provides housing resources for homeless prevention and affordable housing opportunities. I am a member of the Marina Rotary Club and the Marina Chamber of Commerce.

After traveling and working in numerous foreign locations, I was attracted to Marina by its rich cultural and ethnic diversity and have chosen it to be my home. I live with my partner and many rescue animals in central Marina.

Education: I have a rich and diverse educational background which enables me to address complex situations from a unique holistic perspective.

• B.A., Environmental Science & Economics (New York University)

• M.A., International Policy Studies, specializing in Counter-terrorism & Transitional Justice (Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey)

• M.A. , Leadership and Change (Antioch University)

• Ph.D. Candidate, Leadership and Change (Antioch University)

• Degree and certifications in holistic medicine, massage therapy, and stress management

• Executive Certificates in Counter-Terrorism and Arab Culture

• Certificates in various aspects of post-conflict reconstruction and strengthening cross-community ties between civilian governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations and inter- governmental organizations and the armed forces

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