MEET NATE MILEY
DELIVERING SERVICES TO DISTRICT FOUR COMMUNITIES
Nathan Miley was elected to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors in November 2000 and represents the communities of Oakland, Pleasanton and the unincorporated communities of Castro Valley, Ashland, Cherryland, Fairview, and Happy Valley. He was re-elected in 2004, 2008, and 2012.
While serving on the Board of Supervisors, Nate has demonstrated his commitment and passion for community engagement by hosting hundreds of meetings on several dozens of subjects throughout his district. Some of the major county initiatives Nate has led include authoring the Safe Medication Disposal ordinance, the first such ordinance in the nation to mandate product stewardship from pharmaceutical companies; the opening of Youth Uprising to enrich the lives of youth 13-24; spearheading the creation and construction of the Ashland REACH Youth Center; building a state-of-the-art homeless facility for families and those suffering with HIV/AIDS at the East Oakland Community Project; leading the campaign for Measure A for essential countywide healthcare funding, reauthorized in 2014; creating a countywide Violence Prevention Initiative; opening the state-of-the-art Castro Valley library; enacting a responsible Alcohol Education Ordinance, and bringing an unprecedented level of community engagement to the urban unincorporated area through the Eden Area Livability Initiative.
Previously, Nate served on the Oakland City Council representing the residents of District Six. In 1990, voters sent a message to city hall electing Nate to serve on the city council, unseating a two-term incumbent. Nate was a pioneer, embracing his community organizing background to proactively work with the community to make city hall accountable, effective and responsive to its residents. Challenging city hall from within, he quickly earned a reputation as a “maverick” who engaged the community and implemented policies to address some of the city’s longest standing issues around problem liquor stores, blight, community policing, pedestrian safety and community development. And the voters of District Six were on his side, sending Nate back to city hall to represent them again in 1994 and 1998.
Throughout his career Nate has been a champion for seniors and disabled persons. In 1986, he and a dedicated group of Oakland seniors created the United Seniors of Oakland. A non-profit organization, United Seniors empowers older adults to improve their quality of life. While serving as Executive Director of the United Seniors and now as President of its Board, Nate advocates for those who do not often have a voice.
Nate earned his bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctorate at the University of Maryland. Following law school, Nate moved to Oakland as a Jesuit Volunteer. Although he had planned to one day return to Maryland to be near his family and work for the federal government, he recognized the many challenges Oakland faced and decided to stay and become a community leader here. He has dedicated his entire adult life to community and public service. In 1976, he began community organizing while working for Oakland Community Organizations (OCO). Over the years, he has worked with many community groups as well as trained community organizers through the National Center for Urban Ethnic Affairs.
He is a proud father of a daughter and son and has lived in Oakland for over four decades. Nate brings with him a commitment and platform to improve transportation, reform healthcare and social services, and deliver public safety to his diverse constituents.