Portrait of Leigh Hanson

Leigh Hanson

Leigh will lead the coordination with the City Administrators and department directors to ensure the Mayor’s key priorities are achieved. Leigh has spent several years working with big city Mayors, most recently as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Economic Development for Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto. Leigh has also worked in the philanthropic sector for almost 10 years, serving in key executive advisory and fundraising roles at GLIDE Foundation, the Heinz Endowments and at The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Leigh earned her bachelor’s in international affairs and economics from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR and has a Masters of Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. She lives in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland, CA with her husband, young son and dog Opie.

Title: Chief of Staff

Department: Mayor

Email Address: LHanson@oaklandca.gov