Nikki Fortunato Bas
City Council of Oakland, CA
Nikki Fortunato Bas is a working mother and lifelong community organizer who has lived in District 2 for over 20 years, in the Crocker Highlands neighborhood. She got her start in Chinatown, successfully organizing Chinese immigrant garment workers to win their stolen wages back. Guided by values she learned from her parents, both immigrants from the Philippines, and witnessing at an early age their struggles to make ends meet, all taught Nikki the importance of integrity, honesty and fairness.
Nikki believes that Oakland’s community, diversity, and rich cultural heritage are worth fighting for, and that displacement, gentrification, and increasing inequality are threatening the essence of the city she loves, saying:
“The #BBQBecky and #JoggerJoe incidents at Lake Merritt are wake up calls for all of us. We must come together to build an inclusive, just and equitable city, and we need independent leaders, rooted in our communities, who will take action. It starts with acknowledging that housing is a human right and prioritizing housing solutions for all Oaklanders.”
She’s running now to bring bold, innovative and proactive leadership to make Oakland work for everyone, to tackle the critical issues facing the city and District 2, and bring accountability to City Hall - with the same solutions-oriented courage and leadership she’s shown in her decades of powerful and effective community organizing for justice. If elected, she would be Oakland’s first Filipina Councilwoman and be proud to help give voice to the diverse Asian Pacific Islander community at City Hall.