Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, George moved to the Continental United States in 1983 to attend college in Worcester, Massachusetts. George served in the Navy aboard the Submarine Fleet in South Carolina, earned a Veteran designation and was honorably discharged in 1993. George moved to the East Bay/Berkeley from Atlanta in 2002, married his spouse in 2008 before the passage of PROP 8 after 15 years as Domestic Partners.
In addition to my volunteer work as a sworn appointed public official in the state of California, I am employed as a Hospitality Director of Operations in the Bay Area.
I have been a progressive and steadfast advocate for equal pay and economic equity, affordable housing, immigration, environmental and criminal justice reform, full funding for eduaction, LGBTQI rights , endng homelessness, healthcare, worker and union rights as well as senior, youth and veteran accesibility to services since I moved to California.
Commissions and Community Involvement:
Alameda County Democratic Party Central Committee AD15 Vice-Chair and Delegate. Appointed to the Finance Committee.
Member CA Democratic Party Finance Committee, DEM2020 Working Group CA Democratic Party Veterans Caucus. Past Underserved Committee Char and current Northern Vice-Chair
Current member and founding Chair of the BART Police Oversight Agency (Citizens Review Board) Current member, past Vice Chair and Chair of the Berkeley Police Review Commission Current Member Alameda County Fire Advisory Commission
Current Treasurer and Executive Board member of the East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club Past Member Berkeley Commission on Labor
Current member in good standing of the following organizations:
Berkeley Democratic Club Current
Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club
East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club
Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus
CA Democratic Party Chicano Latino Caucus CA Democratic Party Environmental Caucus CA Democratic Party LGBT Caucus CA Democratic Party Progressive Caucus CA Democratic Party Veteran Caucus
ACLU Northern California, Bay Area Chapter, Sierra Club, NAACP, Juntos Unidos and EQCA .
Former writer to the Examiner under “Alameda County Progressive Examiner”.
Culinary School, A.S. Johnson & Wales University, Charleston, SC Clark University, B.A. Worcester, MA United States Navy, Veteran, Submarine Fleet
George Washington University (Pace Program), Washington, DC
I have brought to my tenure in commissions and organizations the following beliefs: community service, accountability, accessibility, justice and integrity.
With those come a commitment to provide guidance and advocacy, engage in a shared responsibility for local and state governance by representing the public’s interest and priorities via progressive values. I strive to add my voice for transparency, accountability and inclusion on all issues affecting our communities.
I believe it is a moral and ethical responsibility to become engaged in local government policy making by advising elected officials and advocating for important community-related issues.
Honorable Betty Yee, California State Controller
Honorable Nancy Skinner, California State Senator District 9
Honorable Buffy Wicks, California Assembly Member District 15
Honorable Rob Bonta, California Assembly Member District 18
Honorable Jesse Arreguin, Mayor, City of Berkeley
Honorable Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland City Council President and at Large Member
Honorable Dan Kalb, Oakland City Council
Honorable Sheng Thao, Oakland City Council
Honorable Lori Droste, Berkeley City Council
Honorable Susan Wengraff, Berkeley City Council
Honorable Rigel Robinson, Berkeley City Council
Honorable Rebecca Saltzman, BART Board of Directors
Honorable Bevan Dufty, BART Board of Directors
Honorable Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto, El Cerrito City Council
Honorable Gabriel Quinto, El Cerrito City Council, Sierra Club Executive Committee Member
Honorable Malia Vella, City of Alameda City Council
Honorable Shawn Kumagai, Dublin City Council
Honorable Judy Appel, President, Berkeley Unified School Distirct
Honorable Igor Tregub, Berkeley Rent Board
Honorable Soli Alpert, Berkeley Rent Board
Honorable Cesar Zepeda, West County WasteWater District Director
Sarah Abdeshahian, President, Cal Berkeley Dems
Varsha Sarveshwar, External Affairs Vice President, UC Berkeley Student Association
President, University of California Student Association
Jyllian Molina, Chair, California Democratic Party Veterans Caucus
Berkeley Democratic Club
East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club
East Bay Veterans Democratic Club
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