16 Facts About Libby Schaaf


Elizabeth Beckman Schaaf was born on November 12,1965 and is an American politician who served as the 50th Mayor of Oakland, California from 2015 to 2023.


Libby Schaaf was born in Oakland, California, on November 12,1965.


Libby Schaaf then became the program director for the Marcus A Foster Educational Institute in 1995, creating and running a new volunteer program for the Oakland Unified School District.


In 2006, Libby Schaaf joined the Port of Oakland as the Director of Public Affairs, helping to secure state and federal funding for the city of Oakland, as well as directing all strategic communications for the port.


In 2009, Libby Schaaf graduated from Emerge California, a training program for women who aspire to elected office.


In 2010, Libby Schaaf was elected to represent her home district, District 4, on the Oakland City Council.


Libby Schaaf strove to increase government transparency and efficiency, build a safer city, and strengthen Oakland neighborhoods in her time on city council.


Libby Schaaf worked extensively on Oakland Police Department reform, hiring more civilian staff and pushing through a plan to coordinate the Oakland Police Department with the Alameda County Sheriff's Department, to increase the number of officers patrolling Oakland.


In June 2015, Mayor Libby Schaaf announced the formation of Oakland's first Department of Transportation.


Libby Schaaf hired Matt Nichols as her Policy Director for Transportation and Infrastructure in March 2015.


In May 2015, Mayor Libby Schaaf instituted a ban on un-permitted nighttime marches on public roadways in Oakland, citing existing city policies.


Libby Schaaf alerted city residents to imminent Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in February 2018, earning criticism from some federal authorities.


In March 2021, Libby Schaaf announced that non-white, low-income residents of Oakland would receive $500 per month "guaranteed income" for 18 months.


Libby Schaaf co-founded the nonprofit Oakland Cares, which organized and implemented hundreds of volunteer community improvement projects across the city.


Libby Schaaf built and ran the first centralized volunteer program for Oakland public schools at the Marcus Foster Institute.


Libby Schaaf serves on the Leadership Council at Kiva, a non-profit organization that allows people to lend money via the Internet to low-income entrepreneurs and students in over 80 countries.