District 6
Dan Siegel

Dan Siegel, a well known Oakland attorney and community activist, began his service on the Oakland School Board in January 1999. His goal is to make the Oakland Public Schools one of the nation's best urban school districts.  He currently serves on the Board's Finance and Human Resources, Intergovernmental Relations, and Teaching and Learning Committees.

Siegel, 57, was born and raised in New York City and on Long Island. He graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, in 1967. As a college student he joined the civil rights movement and went to the South in 1965 to work on voter registration and community organizing efforts. Siegel moved to Berkeley to attend Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California. At Berkeley he was a leader of the anti-Vietnam War Movement and was elected president of the student body in 1969.

Siegel has practiced law in Oakland, emphasizing civil rights, employment, and government issues, since 1973. He left private practice for six years from 1987 through 1992, first working as Chief of Complex Litigation for the San Francisco City Attorney and then as General Counsel for the Oakland Public Schools. As counsel for the District, he led school safety efforts and negotiated union contracts with district employees.

His law firm, Siegel & Yee, is based at Oakland City Center. Siegel is well known for his work on high-profile cases, including representation of female faculty members in tenure disputes with their universities. He led the legal effort to return Radio Station KPFA and the Pacifica Foundation to democratic control and won the right of California cities to regulate the growth of liquor stores.

Siegel served as President of the Board for the 2000 calendar year. During his first term on the Board he led the recruitment and hiring of Superintendent Dennis Chaconas; successfully urged the Board to grant teachers a 24 percent pay increase; and wrote District policies on School Safety Plans, Life Skills Curriculum, Nutrition, and Public Education on War against Iraq.  

Siegel and his wife, Anne Weills, have lived in Oakland since 1977. Their younger son, Michael, graduated from Skyline High School in 1995 and is a teacher in the District.


Term Ends: January 2007

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Merritt College

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Burckhalter
Lockwood
Horace Mann
Markham
Maxwell Park
Carl Munck
Parker
Sherman
John Swett
Webster
Whittier
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Havenscourt
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Carl Munck
Parker
Sherman
John Swett
Webster
Whittier

 

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