Lena Tam was elected to the Alameda City Council in November 2006, garnering the highest number of votes in that election to become Vice-Mayor. She was re-elected in
Councilmember Tam serves as the Alameda’s representative with the League of California Cities, and was elected to the Executive Board of the East Bay Division and as president of the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus of the League. She also serves on the Environmental Quality Policy Committee and Water Task of the League. She is currently Alameda’s representative on the Alameda County Waste Management Authority and Stopwaste.org.
Prior to her election on the City Council, Lena was elected to the Alameda Health Care District Board of Directors in 2002, and served as president of the Board. Her focus on the Board was to keep Alameda Hospital a financially viable operation and provide important and timely health care access for Alameda.
In early 2000, Lena chaired the Alameda County Planning Commission, promoting sustainable land use practices through the Transportation Planning Element, transit-oriented housing and pedestrian/bicycle-friendly communities, and adopted the County’s Housing Element.
Lena is a licensed civil engineer in California and manages the water and power resources for the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), engaging in collaborative negotiations with other utility agencies and statewide organizations. Lena represents EBMUD in several policy areas within the county, state and federal jurisdictions.
As a long-time resident of Alameda, Lena has also served in leadership positions in the community, as the past president of the Alameda League of Women Voters, chair of the East Bay Asian Voter Education Consortium, and also served on the executive board of the National Women’s Political Caucus and Save the Bay. Councilmember Tam was recognized by the California State Legislature as “Woman of the Year” for the 16th Assembly District in 2005 for her service and leadership in the community.
She is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil/environmental engineering and a Masters degree in public administration.