Berkeley, California , United States
|| April 10, 1940
Apr 11, 2021 12:08am
|Info||Loni Hancock has had a remarkable public service career. From breaking the glass ceiling as the first woman elected Mayor of Berkeley to serving as one of President Clinton's top education officials, she has spent more than three decades as a forceful advocate for effective government and social justice. |
From 1994-2001, Hancock headed the Western Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Education. Working with schools, communities, and state and local governments, she helped launch many of President Clinton's education initiatives. She was a founding member of the Bay Area Partnership, a collaboration of five federal agencies, three state departments and nine Bay Area county governments working together to build vital and self-sufficient communities in the San Francisco Bay Area
Prior to her position in the Clinton Administration, Hancock served two terms as the Mayor of Berkeley, California. As mayor, she led an urban renaissance in Berkeley. She balanced seven straight city budgets, forged a historic agreement between the city and the University of California, successfully launched an economic development initiative that kept a major employer in the community and added new jobs, began the revitalization of downtown Berkeley, led efforts to secure additional park land, and brought a much-needed focus to school-community partnerships.
Hancock has also worked to improve communities from positions in the private sector. From 1981-1987, she was the Executive Director of the Shalan Foundation where she directed the private foundation's efforts to achieve social justice and environmental balance.
During the Carter Administration, Hancock served as President Jimmy Carter's Regional Director for ACTION, overseeing a host of domestic volunteer programs including VISTA, Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
Hancock has lived in Berkeley since 1964. She is married to Tom Bates. They have four children and six grandchildren.
Sources: Assembly website, SmartVoter.org