Portrait of Dr. Kimberly Mayfield

Dr. Kimberly Mayfield

Dr. Mayfield will serve as Mayor Thao’s representative to advance the policy agenda of the office and work on special projects at the direction of the mayor, in partnership with education, nonprofit and community leaders. A significant goal for Dr. Mayfield will be to attract and retain a HBCU to the City Oakland, an accomplishment that will accelerate the diverse vitality and opportunity generated by institutions of higher education for youth in the region.

Dr. Mayfield is a published author and a longtime community activist. She served as the convener of the Effective Teachers for Oakland Taskforce from 2006-2011 under Mayor Ronald V. Dellums. Currently, she serves as education policy adviser for the BWOPA state board and is a past president of the Oakland/Berkeley chapter. She is deeply committed to ensuring that Oakland youngsters have a stable permanent racially diverse teaching force composed of Oakland residents.

Dr. Kimberly Mayfield attended both public and private schools in Oakland before completing her BA in Black Studies and Political Science at UC Santa Barbara. She is a proud alumna of the University of San Francisco where she earned her masters and doctoral degrees. She started her career as a teacher in the Oakland Public Schools before joining the faculty at Holy Names University in 2001. Dr. Mayfield was the first African American to earn tenure at Holy Names University. Most recently she was the Dean of the School of Education and Liberal Arts and Vice President of External Relations and Strategic partnerships.

Title: Deputy Mayor