Frank Matarrese

Frank Matarrese

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Frank Matarrese

Councilmember Frank Matarrese's Bio:

Frank first served on the Alameda City Council from 2002 through 2010. In 2014 was again elected to the City Council.


Frank was born in Oakland and raised in the Fruitvale district. After attending local schools (Oakland 's St. Elizabeth Elementary and High School), he attended the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Biology, playing on the Cal 1973 JV football team and studying marine algae at the Bodega Marine Laboratory. He was awarded his Bachelor's degree in Biological Science in 1977. He became active in the Oakland Community Organization network, working on school improvements, truancy reduction and crime prevention. Frank served on the OaklandParks and Recreation Commission and the Alameda County Transportation Authority (ACTA) citizen advisory commission.


With more than twenty-five years working in the biotechnology industry, Frank started his own consulting firm in 2004 to assist firms who are navigating the highly regulated drug approval process. Frank continues to operate this successful Alameda based business.


Upon moving to Alameda in 1994 with his wife Kris and their sons, Frank became involved in the community, first with the Alameda Free Library. Frank co-chaired the successful Measure O campaign to build the first new main library in Alameda in over 100 years. Mayor Ralph Appezzatto appointed Frank to the Alameda Economic Development Commission, where he served for four years, two as Chair and was the lead on delivering the City’s Economic Development Strategic Plan to the City Council. He then served two years on the Planning Board prior to being elected to the City Council in 2002. Frank was re-elected to the City Council in 2006. During his first terms in office Frank was a leader in efforts to restore the historic Alameda Theater and saw to completion of the Main Library and improvements at the branches. Frank also promoted a Fiscal Sustainability Committee to find ways for long term stability in the City budget.


A life-long Democrat and active member of the community, Frank continued to serve. After leaving office in 2010, Frank worked three months as a class room assistant in a school in El Salvador, worked in supporting Alameda’s Sister City Association and was active in signature gathering to re-zone excess Federal property near Crab Cove.


In 2014 Frank returned to the City Council, and was voted by the City Council to serve as Alameda’s Vice Mayor for the first two years of his term. Frank serves on the City Council liaison committees for the East Bay Regional Parks District and AC Transit.