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Desley Brooks is the current councilwoman from District 6. She was first elected in 2002. She was reelected in the 2014 election for her district.

Videos of her political positions are here.

Contact Information

Councilmember Desley Brooks
Oakland's Heartlands
email: [email protected]
phone: (510) 238-7006
fax: (510) 238-6910

City Hall
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00AM to 6:00 PM

Eastmont Town Center
7200 Bancroft, Suite 134
Oakland, CA 94605
(510) 777-8427 (office)
(510) 777-8432 (facsimile)
by appointment



According to her website, Brooks is originally from New Orleans and moved to Oakland in 1989 via Seattle. Brooks has a JD from University of Seattle University and a BA in Political Science from University of Washington. Previous positions include Chief of Staff to Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson;Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration & Naturalization Service; Assistant District Council with the Department of Housing & Urban Development; Staff Attorney with the Washington State Legislature; and Public Defender with Northwest Defenders.

Desley Brooks is a vegetarian.

See voter information from 2002 from League of Women Voters. 

In 2007, Desley Brooks was quoted as saying she was against Measure YIs she still against it?


Priorities During Tenure:

Teen Center

Issues During Tenure: (fill in!)

First Friday
Internal issues with other Councilmembers
Campaign Funds
Joint Powers Authority Committee
Chronicle Lawsuit
Auditor's Report see Ruby Report
Grand Jury Report

see Grand Jury Report. Because of this report, Council President Pat Kernighan has called for a special City Council meeting for July 25th to discuss possible censure of Brooks. She believes this will restore the public trust in government.1

2014 Election

Fundraising: In D6, according to reports. Brooks (Raised $9,959  Cash-on-hand $29,616), Nosakhare raised $20,226, Johnson raised $8,782.


  • Black Young Democrats, East Bay (source)

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Links and References

  1. Artz, Matthew. "Oakland Councilwoman Desley Brooks may face censure vote." Oakland Tribune: July 11, 2013.