Libby Schaaf

Libby Schaaf

Libby Schaaf
Oakland City Council member and Mayor-Elect Libby Schaaf commemorating the centennial of women gaining the right to vote in California.
Member of the Oakland City Council
from District 4
Assumed office
Preceded by Jean Quan
Personal details
Born Elizabeth Beckman Schaaf
(1965-11-12) November 12, 1965
Oakland, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Salvatore Fahey
Children Dominic Fahey
Lena Fahey
Alma mater Rollins College
Loyola Law School
Website .comlibbyforoakland

Elizabeth Beckman "Libby" Schaaf (born November 12, 1965) is an American politician and a member of the Democratic Party. She is a current City Councilmember for District 4 in Oakland, California, and the city's Mayor-elect. [1] Schaaf won the November 4, 2014 Oakland Mayoral Election on the 14th Round in Ranked Choice Voting with 62.79% of the vote.[2]


Schaaf holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rollins College and a J.D. from Loyola Law School.[3] Schaaf served as chief of staff to Councilmember Ignacio De La Fuente and later as an aide to Mayor Jerry Brown. Schaaf is Jewish.[4][5] She lives in Oakland with her husband Salvatore Fahey and her children Dominic and Lena.[6]

She was endorsed by fellow councilmembers De La Feunte and Jane Brunner, as well as former councilmembers Henry Chang, Dick Spees, and Danny Wan. Schaaf was also endorsed by the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce (OakPAC).[7] In 2006, Schaaf became Public Affairs Director for the Port of Oakland.[8][9][10] In 2010, Schaaf was elected to represent District 4 on the Oakland City Council.[11][12] In the wake of the 2011 Oakland General Strike, Schaaf co-authored a resolution directing City Administrators to use "whatever lawful tools we have" to stop future shutdowns at the Port of Oakland.[13] The resolution was twice defeated.[14][15]


  1. ^ "Councilwoman Libby Schaaf files to run for Oakland mayor". KTVU. December 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ "2014 Mayoral Election Results". OaklandWiki. November 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Questionnaire for Candidates for Oakland City Council". East Bay Young Democrats. 2010. 
  4. ^ Jewish Daily Forward: "California Councilwoman Libby Schaaf Targeted With Swastikas in Oakland" January 21, 2014
  5. ^ CBS News: "Flyers Of Jewish Councilwoman With Swastika On Her Face Posted In Oakland" by Michelle Griego January 19, 2014
  6. ^ City of Oakland: "District 4 - Libby Schaaf" retrieved January 21, 2014
  7. ^ Endorsements of Libby Schaaf
  8. ^ New American Media (2007) Truckers and the Pollution Dilemma in West Oakland
  9. ^ Libby Schaaf Appointed New Director of Public Affairs at the Port of Oakland
  10. ^ SF Chronicle (Wednesday, August 6, 2008) Oakland port to eliminate 100 jobs
  11. ^ Vote results
  12. ^ 2010, East Bay Express - Schaaf and Worthington win
  13. ^ KTVU (2011) - City council resolution takes aim at port shutdowns
  14. ^ Oakland City Council rejects proposal to get tough on protests
  15. ^ SF Gate - "Oakland backs off increasing Occupy enforcement"

External links

  • Bio at Oakland City Council
  • Biographical material at SmartVoter
  • Articles about Schaaf at East Bay Express, Oakland Local, Oakland North, and Oakland Post
  • Schaaf at Schaaf Oakland Wiki