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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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Alameda County Democratic Party — Democratic PartyCandidate for Central Committee, Assembly District 15

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Kathy Neal

Member, Central Committee, 15th Assembly District
20,020 votes (7.32%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • I will continue my past successful efforts to seek out and engage more young people in our democratic process and government with action that includes mentoring and creating opportunities for direct participation.
  • As a strong advocate for civic education and involvement, I will seek out existing and/or create new opportunities to register new voters and better inform all voters.
  • I will continue to work to implement Democratic Party ideals related to environmental protection, equal rights for all, open access to quality education for all students, health care for all and worker protections.



Profession:Small Business Owner
Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Viridis Fuels, a Biodiesel Company (2012–current)
President, Kneal Resource System Public Affairs, Project Management and Communications (1985–current)
Member, Alameda County Democratic Central Committee 15th Assembly District — Elected position (2004–current)
Executive Director (Interim), 7th Street McClymonds Neighborhood Improvement Initiative of West Oakland (2001–2001)
Commissioner, Oakland Port Commission — Appointed position (1998–2000)
Owner and Director, Radio Station KDIA, Oakland (1992–1995)
Presidential Delegate, White House Conference on Small Business — Appointed position (1995–1995)
Board Member, California Integrated Wast Management Board — Appointed position (1990–1994)
Governor, California State Bar Board of Governors — Appointed position (1986–1990)
Legislative Analyst and Committee Consultant, Los Angeles City Council (1975–1984)


Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business Certificate, Advanced Business Management (1996)
Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business Certificate, Business Management (1995)
US Environmental Protection Agency Certificate, Risk Involvement and Public Communication (1993)
University of San Francisco Master of Arts (M.A.), Public Administration (1983)
CA State University at Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science (1980)

Community Activities

Founder and Board Member Emeritus, Arts for Oakland Kids (formerly Oakland Fund for the Arts) (1996–current)
Board President, Oakland Community Fund (1986–current)
Board Member, Friendly Manor Residental Shelter and Day Center for Homeless Women (2006–current)
LIfetime member, Sierra Club (2013–current)
Board Member and Oakland Leadership Council Chair, Covenant House California (2011–2014)


Kathy Neal has over 35 years of business management experience, more than 25 years of public sector involvement, 15 years in significant statewide and local government regulatory and policy-making positions.  Kathy is currently an elected member of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee where she serves as the 15th Assembly District vice chair and as a member of the Executive Committee. Kathy is additionally responsible for the Party’s candidate training programs and she created the successful and effective “So You Think You Want to Run” training.


She also has many years of experience volunteering in, raising money for, and running political campaigns for principled Democratic candidates, including Congresswoman (and previously State Legislator) Barbara Lee, US Senator Barbara Boxer, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, California Legislators, city of Oakland Council members, Peralta Community Colleges Trustees, EBMUD Board members and others.


Kathy is currently CEO of Viridis Fuels, developing a biodiesel processing plant in West Oakland that will provide environmentally beneficial fuel for Port of Oakland trucks and bring new, green sector job opportunities to local, employment-challenged populations.


Kathy is also the founder and President of Kneal Resource System, delivering multi-faceted project management and public affairs services to a wide array of private and public sector clients. She previously owned both a radio station and a clothing manufacturing company. Further, Kathy served as a Legislative Analyst and Committee Consultant for Los Angeles City Council; the State Assembly's representative on both the California Integrated Waste Management Board and State Bar Board of Governors; and a gubernatorial appointee to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors. Additionally, she was an Oakland Port Commissioner and President Bill Clinton appointed Kathy Neal as a delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business.

Ms. Neal had an article, “There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills of Trash”, published in Waste Age Magazine. She has been formally honored by the California Senate and Assembly, California League of Cities, Los Angeles City Council, and many other local and community organizations.

Kathy Neal holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the California State University at Los Angeles; a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of San Francisco; and two Business Management Certificates from Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business.


In her spare time Kathy enjoys gardening and art, and serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (4)

  • Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA)
  • SEIU 1021
  • East Bay Young Democrats
  • Metropolitan Greater Oakland (MGO) Democratic Club

Elected Officials (8)

  • Alameda County Board of Education Member Marlon McWilson
  • Peralta Trustee Bill Riley
  • Peralta Trustee Linda Handy
  • Peralta Trustee Meredith Brown
  • Berkeley City Council Member Jesse Arreguin
  • Albany City Council Member NIck Pilch
  • Senator Loni Hancock
  • Assembly member Rob Bonta

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