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1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Rm. 104
Oakland, CA 94612

The Public Ethics Commission is a seven-member board of Oakland residents who volunteer their time to participate on the Commission. Three members are appointed by the Mayor, City Attorney, and City Auditor, respectively, and confirmed by the City Council. Four members are recruited and selected by the Commission itself. Commissioners may serve up to two consecutive three-year terms. Commission members may not:

  • Have an employment or contractual relationship with the City during the member's tenure and for a period of one year after the date of separation.
  • Be a registered Oakland lobbyist or be required to register as an Oakland lobbyist, or be employed by or receive gifts or other compensation from a registered lobbyist during the member's tenure and for a period of one year after the date of separation.
  • Seek election to any other public office in a jurisdiction that intersects with the geographic boundaries of Oakland, or participate in or contribute to an Oakland municipal election.
  • Endorse, support, oppose or work on behalf of any candidate or measure in an Oakland election.

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Phone: (510) 238-3593

Fax: (510) 238-3315


Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

About this Board / Commission

Meet the Members

The Public Ethics Commission is an independent commission made up of Oakland residents and charged with ensuring fairness, openness, honesty and integrity in Oakland City government.

Our objective is to make sure Oakland public officials and government decision-making processes operate in a fair and unbiased manner, to promote transparency in Oakland government, and to promote public trust in our local political system.

The Commission's duties include ensuring compliance with the City of Oakland's government ethics, campaign finance, transparency, and lobbyist registration laws. Learn more

Meet Our Staff