Lori will continue to represent the LGBTQ community on the Berkeley City Council
Lori Droste is the District 8 representative for the City of Berkeley. She teaches at Mills College in the Public Policy Department. She is also a consultant working on political under- representation and writing curricula to assist professors throughout the nation to engage young people in the political process.
Prior to her election, Lori was the Chair of Berkeley’s Commission on the Status of Women and Vice-Chair of Alameda County’s Human Relations Commission. She also served on the Housing Advisory Commission. In addition, Lori served on the board of both the National Women’s Political Caucus– Alameda North (now East Bay Women’s Political Alliance) and the Claremont Elmwood Neighborhood Association.
Lori has broad experience in public service having spent years as a public high school teacher and an educator for homeless individuals within Alameda County. While acquiring her master’s degree in public policy, Lori worked with business owners and city officials to improve parking efficiency, pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure in Oakland. She also was the principal author of a glass ceiling report analyzing women’s underrepresentation in the transportation services sector.
Lori has been active in the City of Berkeley for years.
Prior to her time on Council, she worked on policies to curb violence against women. While on Council, Lori has worked tirelessly on housing affordability, homelessness, economic development, children’s recreation, traffic mitigation, and family-friendly policies.
She has been instrumental in addressing the rise in sexual assaults, creating effective anti-trafficking policies and advocating for the testing of rape kits. Lori formed a partnership with the Mills College Public Policy Program to analyze various issues within Berkeley. Lori recently collaborated with UC students and representatives, the police department, the Mills College policy program, and city staff to analyze and propose specific policy interventions to stem the increase in sexual assaults both on campus and in the city.
As the only Berkeley Councilmember with young children, Lori has particular interest in improving the quality of life for families and children in Berkeley. She is particularly inspired by her mother who was the mayor of Circleville, Ohio. Lori lives with her wife Carrie, 6-year-old son Simon, and 3-year-old daughter Cora in the Elmwood District.