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An experienced civic leader with a progressive track record of fighting for working families.


Courtney Welch is an Oakland native, experienced civic leader, proud mother of two, and Councilmember for the city of Emeryville, currently serving as Mayor. Courtney's appointment to Mayor marked a historic moment for the city of Emeryville, as the first Black woman to serve in the role.

Courtney has a long track record of community service, including serving as an elected Assembly District 15 delegate to the California Democratic Party and as the former secretary, chair, and political director of the California Young Democrats Black Caucus. Courtney currently serves on the Alameda County Housing and Community Development Advisory Board, the Center for the Vulnerable Child-Children's Hospital Oakland Consumer Advisory Board, the Homeownership SF Board of Directors, and the Oakland Elizabeth House Board of Directors. In 2023, Courtney was appointed to be an Assembly District 18 delegate by Assemblymember Mia Bonta.

City Council Committee Appointments

  • Community Services Committee

  • Budget and Governance Committee 

  • Public Safety Committee (2022)

  • 2023 Vice Mayor

  • 2024 Mayor


Regional Bodies Appointments

  • Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District

  • Association of Bay Area Governments

  • ECCL Governance Committee

  • Emeryville / Oakland Joint Planning Authority

  • Housing Authority of the County of Alameda Housing Commission

  • League of California Cities (Alternate)

  • Alameda County Transportation Committee (Alternate to Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson)

Community Boards

  • Alameda County ALL IN Coalition

  • Alameda County Democratic Central Committee (Associate Member)


  • Rotary Club of Oakland #3

  • Black Elected Officials of The East Bay

    • Vice President of Membership​

  • Sierra Club

  • Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA)

  • CDP African American Caucus

  • CDP Women's Caucus


  • League of Women Voters BAE-Urban League Trailblazing Women Award

  • San Francisco Business Times 40 Under 40 (2024)

Emeryville needs a progressive leader, like Courtney, who understands the plight of working families, and who will fight to secure a future that works for all.


2021 Mayor, City of Emeryville



As a City Councilmember, Courtney will build on her track record, as an experienced civic leader and policy advocate, to ensure Emeryville is an inclusive and more affordable place for everyone. 


I envision Emeryville as a place for families and community members to live and thrive. I am very aware of issues that are facing working families and offer a perspective from communities and demographics that have not been historically represented on the City Council.


Access to housing and addressing homelessness is one of the most important issues facing all of our communities and an issue that I will continue to prioritize. 


In addition to housing, I will continue to work with my fellow council members on keeping the city fiscally solvent, expanding mobility accessibility, small business development, and working as a regional partner as we address growing public safety concerns. 


Join our mission to create an Emeryville for Everyone.


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