Meet Greg Magofña

I’m running for city council to give back to the city that exposed me to new ideas, cultures, food, and the experiences that have shaped me. Right now, rising rents are displacing too many of our neighbors and excluding too many of the people who are most in need of housing and opportunities in Berkeley. My priorities are equity, diversity, and tackling the two biggest challenges we face today: housing affordability and climate change. I’ve dedicated my life to working with and for people as a teacher, an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, manager of an elder meals on wheels program, and a senior aide in the Berkeley Mayor’s Office. In my professional life, I’ve worked to increase arts funding, promote the downtown startup cluster, revitalize Telegraph Avenue, create a gigabit-fiber internet infrastructure plan, bring bike sharing and point-to-point car sharing to Berkeley, and curb the abuse of short-term rentals. In my volunteer life, I serve on the Berkeley MLK Breakfast Committee, served on the Housing Advisory Commission’s subcommittees allocating Housing Trust Fund and Community Development Block Grant funding, and founded a housing-advocacy nonprofit. I ask you to work with me in building a Berkeley for all.

I’ve dedicated my life to public service:

  • AmeriCorps VISTA Outreach Volunteer (1 yr)
  • Language Arts and English Literature Teacher in South Korea (3 yrs)
  • Meals-on-Wheels and Café Nutrition Program Manager for Seniors (9 mo)
  • Berkeley Housing Commissioner (2 yrs)
  • Berkeley Environmental Commissioner and Vice Chair (3 yrs)
  • Senior Aide in the Berkeley Mayor’s Office (4 yrs)

In the Berkeley Mayor’s Office I worked hard to:

  • Bring in bike share and point-to-point carsharing
  • Working with the Governor’s office, make statewide solar permitting similar, the Use Berkeley as model Streamline the statewide rooftop solar permitting process with the Governor’s Office by using Berkeley as a model
  • Double arts funding, and expand the Downtown Arts District, and enact the 1% fee on private developers to fund public art
  • Include City-owned internet and telecommunications infrastructure installation in every street-repaving bid
  • Engage high school students in real world urban planning working with UCB Center for Cities + Schools

Greg in the News