Public Ethics Commissioner, 1/22/2016 - 1/21/2019
Krisida Nishioka is a retired Mental Health Hearing Officer for Alameda County and Santa Clara County. Prior to that appointment, she worked as an attorney in the Office of the County Counsel for Alameda County and as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Oakland. Ms. Nishioka was born in Louisiana and moved to California during the migration of African Americans from the segregated South during the 1960's.
Ms. Nishioka began her college education while awaiting the birth of her 5th child. She completed her studies in 4 years and began her law school education at Boalt Hall, University of California School of Law, Berkeley. While in law school, Ms. Nishioka clerked at the Neighborhood Legal Services Office in Berkeley California.
After graduation, Ms. Nishioka worked for various federal agencies while remaining active in neighborhood organizations near her homes on East 27th Street and later on Hanover Avenue. Ms. Nishioka has been a member of the Committee of Bar Examiners, serving on the Moral Character subcommittee. Following her tenure on the Committee of Bar Examiners, she served as a member of the State Bar Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct. Her tenure on these committees and her training in ethics as a judicial officer have given her a keen appreciation of the absolute necessity of ethics training for anyone entrusted with a role in public service. In addition, she understands the critical role the Public Ethics Commission plays in investigating and holding public officials accountable where their behavior falls short of basic ethical rules. She has also served on State Bar committees on Human Rights and Public Employment. Ms. Nishioka has served on the Board of Directors for the California Association of Mental Health Hearing Officers, Oakland Youth Chorus, Family Builders by Adoption, Black Women Lawyers, Law and Government Academy for the Oakland Unified School District, and Sisters 3, a breast cancer advocacy group for African American women, among others.
Since her retirement, Ms. Nishioka has been studying Spanish and volunteering in the Oakland Unified School District reading program.
Subcommittees: Education and Outreach, ad hoc Complaint Procedures.