|Affiliation||No Party Affiliation
Oakland, California , United States
|| October 15, 1946
Feb 11, 2019 06:31pm
|Info||Former state assemblywoman |
POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Audie Bock made U.S. history and international headlines when she became the only Green Party representative ever elected to partisan office in the continental United States. Winning a stunning election to the California State Assembly (District 16) on March 30, 1999 Bock represented the people of Oakland, Alameda and Piedmont. A caucus of one, she crafted and shepherded successful legislation on such issues as dioxin pollution, hepatitis C screening and referral, higher education grants for veterans, crime victims� restitution and affordable housing, securing support from both Republicans and Democrats. She continued to demonstrate an ability to overcome the establishment political machine when she powered through corruption at the local probation department. Bock also was one of the earliest national voices addressing the issue of �Cell Phone Use While Driving� and received national acclaim for her pioneering leadership in this serious public policy matter.
Since leaving the legislature Bock has become a leading Democrat activist, serving on the Executive Board of the Metropolitan Greater Oakland Democratic Club, and working with the Oakland East Bay Democratic Club, Latino Democratic Club, and the Democratic Lawyers Club of Alameda County. She has served as Vice President for Program, League of Women Voters of Piedmont, on the Executive Board of the National Women�s Political Caucus-Alameda North, as well as on the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Urban League.
EDUCATION: Assemblywoman Bock is a lifelong resident of Alameda County, educated through the Berkeley public school system. She holds a Certificate in Non-Profit Management, Executive Director, from the University of San Francisco; an M.A. from Harvard University in East Asian Studies; and a B.A. from Wellesley College in French. She is trilingual in French, Japanese, and English.
PERSONAL: The granddaughter of Austrian educators and American Baptist missionaries to Japan, Assemblywoman Bock has dedicated much of her life to the study of East Asia. In 1976, she was awarded the Fullbright Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship to study in Japan. While in Japan, Ms. Bock became involved in Japanese cinema. She was film director Akira Kurosawa�s official translator in the United States and translated live for him in 1990 at the 63rd Annual Academy Awards Ceremony as he accepted a Lifelong Achievement Oscar. A motion picture distributor and a writer, Ms. Bock also authored several books, including a translation of Akira Kurosawa�s memoirs and a textbook on renowned Japanese filmmakers.
EDUCATOR: After completing her master�s and doctoral research in Japan, Assemblywoman Bock went on to teach at Harvard University and Yale University, after which she returned to teach at the University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Bock has also taught at University of California, Santa Cruz; the University of Washington, Seattle; and in the Ethnic Studies Departments of the Peralta Community College District in Oakland