District 6 Councilmember Kevin Jenkins


Portrait of Kevin Jenkins

Kevin Jenkins

Kevin was elected to represent Oakland City Council District 6 in November of 2022. Kevin was born and raised in East Oakland, California as the son of two Oakland Unified School District employees. He graduated from Oakland High School and attended Laney College and College of Alameda. Kevin then transferred to San Francisco State University where he earned a B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning. After graduating from San Francisco State, Kevin attended California State University, East Bay, earning a Master’s in Public Administration.

In November 2020, Kevin was elected to represent Area 2 for the Peralta Community College District, which includes all of East Oakland. While on the Peralta Board of Trustees, Kevin advocated for funding for student housing and worked closely with his colleagues to ensure that the district navigated the global pandemic. During his tenure with Peralta, Kevin orchestrated cross-sector partnerships with Peralta Community College and Oakland community-based organizations to enhance educational opportunities

Kevin served as a commissioner for the Alameda County Public Health Commission for over three years. In his role, he worked with the health department to address emerging health needs and reduce homelessness. Previously Kevin served as the Director of Housing for an anti-poverty organization, working directly with community members to explore creative ways to address the rising rent and build affordable housing. Kevin continues to partner with non-profits to address illegal dumping and blight in Oakland. Kevin served as the President of the California Association of Black School Educators. He is also a proud father to his son Elijah, a second-generation Oaklander.

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