John Gioia's Biography

2016  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 represents 210,000 residents in the western most urban and diverse area of the county including the cities of 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 climate change and air quality issues. He was appointed by Governor Brown to serve on the California Air Resources Board and is on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board, serving as Chair in 2012. Through these roles, John is helping lead the state’s groundbreaking efforts on climate change and air quality.

John has served in leadership at the California State Association of Counties and the California Cities Counties Schools Partnership. He has been a leader on environmental issues and is Vice- Chair of the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority and is the longest serving member of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.

John also serves on the RYSE Youth Center Board, the El Sobrante Boys and Girls Club Advisory Board, and is Co-Chair of Rise Together, a regional effort to reduce poverty in the Bay Area.

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. in Political Science and a law degree. He completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He 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 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 American Government teacher for 20 years at Kennedy High School in Richmond.

John has successfully built coalitions to address issues such as affordable housing, homelessness, violence prevention, environmental justice, access to quality health care and public transportation, climate change, air and water quality, San Francisco Bay restoration, and expanding after school and summer activities 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. He is currently working with Urban Tilth to develop an urban educational farm in North Richmond.

John lives in Richmond and is the proud parent of a 23 year old son, Christopher, and a 12 year old daughter, Emilia. 

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