Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer

Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer

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Trish Herrera Spencer was elected mayor in November, 2014.   She is Alameda’s first Latino mayor. Her first term runs through December, 2018 and will be running for re-election.  She previously was elected to two terms on the Alameda Unified School District, Board of Education, and served six years as a Trustee.


She currently serves on the Alameda County Transportation Commission, East Bay Economic Development Alliance (EDA) Executive Committee for Alameda County Mayors’ Conference of Northern Cities, East Bay Regional Park District/Alameda City Council Subcommittee, Alameda Health Systems/Alameda City Council Subcommittee, Alameda Unified School District/Alameda City Council Subcommittee and Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth and their Families.  She previously served on the Alameda County Lead Abatement Joint Powers Authority Board and Waste Management Authority Board/Stopwaste.


She is an environmentalist, advocate for smart growth, and strong supporter of education. Locally, she supported efforts to expand Crab Cove (part of East Bay Regional Parks) and to protect Alameda’s Chuck Corica Golf Complex (which is technically a City public park). She advocates for smart growth at the former Naval Air Station (now Alameda Point). She spent many years supporting our schools in numerous capacities.


She is also an attorney.  She was raised in South Gate, in the Southeastern region of Los Angeles.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.  While working full-time in a law firm, she completed her paralegal certificate from U.C. Irvine, and then her Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law, Fullerton.  She practiced business litigation.


Her husband and she raised four children in Alameda.   She’s an 11 year breast cancer survivor (“triple negative,” which more frequently occurs in women of color) and supporter of Relay for Life.  She enjoys running, has run marathons, and runs local half marathons and 5Ks to support local causes.