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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of OaklandCandidate for City Council, District 6

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Loren Taylor

Entrepreneur/Non-Profit Boardmember
9,858 votes (64.2%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Create economic opportunities for all through job training, business growth, and neighborhood revitalization
  • Stop the pushing-out and pricing-out of Oaklanders - creating and preserving affordable housing
  • Make government more effective, efficient, equitable



Profession:Engineer, Non-Profit Leader, Entrepreneur
Founder/ Principal Consultant, Custom Taylored Solutions, LLC (2016–current)
Director, Business Strategy & Innovation, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, LLC (2006–2016)
Clinical Systems Engineer, Kaiser Permanente (1998–2005)


UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business Masters in Business Administration (MBA) (2005)
University of Connecticut Masters in Biomedical Engineering (2001)
Case Western Reserve University Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering (1999)

Community Activities

Leadership Advisory Council Member, Center for Youth Wellness (FQHC addressing childhood trauma and adversity) (2017–current)
PTA President, Joaquin Miller Elementary School (2017–2018)
Co-chair - Capital Campaign, At the Crossroads (nonprofit supporting homeless youth) (2017–2017)
Founding Board member, 100 Black Men Community School (2008–2012)
Co-Founder & Scoutmaster, Boy Scout Troop 100 (2010–2012)


Loren Taylor is running for Oakland City Council to bring new leadership that makes a difference to City Hall. He has deep roots in Oakland, and our city’s future is deeply personal to him.


A third generation Oaklander, Loren’s great-grandparents came to Oakland from the segregated South in the 1940’s seeking a better life and an opportunity to serve. His grandparents were WWII vets and church founders, and his mom is a retired Oakland public school teacher. His family taught him to give back, and that’s what his campaign is all about.


Today, Loren is a proud husband, dad, mentor, and entrepreneur. He’s dedicated his professional and personal lives to giving back and solving complex challenges. Loren has given back to Oakland through non-profits: raising $4 million for homeless youth, supporting children exposed to violence, and working to improve community-police relations.


In his professional life, Loren has an engineering background and worked in business to solve tough problems for cities, non-profits, and businesses around the globe: working to reduce diabetes rates in the African-American community in Philadelphia, supporting low-income women in West Africa, working to close the achievement gap among young black men, and increasing cancer screenings for African-Americans. Today, through his own Oakland firm, Loren helps non-profits improve lives in disadvantaged communities.


On the Council, Loren will offer a collaborative, problem-solving approach to bring people together to solve critical challenges like building a future for all, with more job training, new businesses, and neighborhood revitalization, ending the pushing out and pricing out of Oaklanders by building affordable housing, and aggressively fighting to end homelessness. Loren believes these aren’t just policy issues, but moral challenges we must address.


Loren and his wife of 12 years, Erica, met at First Fridays in Oakland. They have two children, daughter Camryn (8) and son Manny (5). Loren serves as a soccer coach and as PTA President at Camryn’s Oakland public school, where he works with parents, teachers, and school leaders to cultivate a school community that helps all kids reach for their full potential.


Loren has also served as a mentor through Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and has been active in creating youth development and education programs through his church. He is also a member of the Shiloh Church, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, and the East Oakland Collective.



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Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (4)

  • Alameda County Building and Construction Trades Council (#3)
  • Block by Block Organizing Network (#1)
  • Wellstone Democratic Club (#1)
  • Transport Oakland

Elected Officials (6)

  • Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland
  • Jody London, Oakland School Board Member
  • Pat Kernighan, Oakland City Council President (ret.)
  • Nancy Skinner, State Senator
  • Annie Campbell Washington, Vice Mayor of Oakland
  • Jean Quan, Former Mayor of Oakland

Individuals (4)

  • Arnold Perkins, Former Director of Alameda County Department of Public Health
  • Pastor Javier Ramos, Shiloh Church
  • Pastor J Alfred Smith, Jr., Allen Temple Baptist Church
  • Bishop Bob Jackson, Acts Full Gospel Church

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of Oakland (2)


Which of the local Oakland ballot measures do you think is the most critical and why?

1) Eviction controls, 2) Tax on vacant property, 3)  Increased/graduated real estate transfer tax, 4) Cannabis tax, 5) Hotel wages & work requirements, 6) Children’s Initiative.

No answer provided.
What can you do as a City Council member to address the issue of homelessness in Oakland?
Answer from Loren Taylor:

  • Bring other local governments from across the Bay Area together to develop solutions for Oakland’s homelessness challenges, because homelessness is a regional challenge, not just an isolated city issue.
  • Expand the scale and capacity of Transition Centers such as the Henry J. Robinson Center, that have effectively transitioned nearly 80 percent of residents to alternate housing.
  • Subsidize and speed up the approval process for applications to build secondary units attached to primary residences of Oakland property owners.
  • Incorporate many rapid housing development options (e.g., tiny homes, RVs, etc.).
  • Underwrite often cost-prohibitive move-in expenses for homeless Oaklanders (e.g., last month’s rent and security deposit) to help get people off the street and into housing.

Who gave money to this candidate?

To see who is funding campaigns in Oakland, visit Open Disclosure Oakland.

Videos (1)

Loren Taylor for City Council: New Leadership WILL Make a Difference — September 19, 2018 Loren Taylor for Oakland City Council Campaign

Introduction to Loren Taylor - His background, experiences, and vision for Oakland.

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