John Gioia's Biography

2014  Bio for Supervisor John Gioia (joy-a)

John Gioia was first elected to the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors in 1998 and was overwhelmingly re-elected four times.   He currently serves as Vice-Chair.

John represents 210,000 residents in the western most urban and diverse area of the county including El Cerrito, Richmond, San Pablo, and Pinole, and the unincorporated communities of El Sobrante, Kensington, Montalvin Manor, North Richmond, East Richmond Heights, Rollingwood and Tara Hills.

John is a recognized leader in Bay Area regional government and on air quality issues.   He was appointed by Governor Brown to serve on the California Air Resources Board and has served on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board since 2006 (serving as Chair in 2012).   Through these roles, John is helping lead the state’s groundbreaking efforts on climate change and air quality.

John advocates on behalf of county government as the President of the California State Association of Counties.    He chairs the Bay Area Joint Policy Committee (which coordinates the planning for the four regional government agencies), serves as Vice-Chair of the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, and is Co-Chair of Rise Together, a regional effort to reduce poverty in the Bay Area.

John also serves on the California Cities Counties Schools Partnership Board, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, Bay Area Regional Airport Planning Committee, RYSE Youth Center Board, and the El Sobrante Boys and Girls Club Advisory Board.

John grew up in West Contra Costa County and graduated from El Cerrito High School and the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. with highest honors in Political Science and also earned his law degree at U.C. Berkeley.  He completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.  John practiced law until his election to the Board of Supervisors.

John was first elected to public office in 1988 as a Director of the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) serving for 10 years and was EBMUD’s youngest ever President in 1995 and 1996. 

John’s public service was inspired by his father, who was a popular civics teacher for 20 years at Kennedy High School in Richmond.  John has successfully built coalitions to address issues such as improving air and water quality, affordable housing, homelessness, violence prevention, environmental justice, access to public transportation and quality health care, San Francisco Bay restoration, and expanding opportunities for youth.   John also helped found the RYSE Center, an innovative and popular youth center in Richmond which is grounded on principles of social justice and youth development.

John lives in Richmond and is the proud parent of Christopher, a recent graduate of U.C. Berkeley, and Emilia, a 5th grader in local public school.

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