Oakland City Councilmember District 4
Janani Ramachandran is the Oakland City Councilmember representing District 4. She is the youngest person elected to Oakland’s City Council, as well as the first South Asian and first LGBTQ woman of color to serve on Oakland City Council.
The Mission for Oakland
Now more than ever, as Oaklanders are experiencing crises upon crises, we need bold solutions and leaders with the courage to fight them.
Janani’s fearlessness in fighting for Oakland starts with seven key policy principles:
Join Fearless Janani in the Fight for Justice
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Janani Ramachandran is a public interest attorney who has dedicated her life to empowering communities and fighting for responsive government institutions. Born and raised in the East Bay, Janani is the daughter of immigrants from small South Indian villages. She identifies as LGBTQ. Janani’s passion for justice was born at an early age. At 16, Janani founded a nonprofit that built libraries in under-resourced schools in her local community. She attended Stanford University, where she studied systems of democratic governance and economic development. Later, Janani worked as a home-visiting case manager at a community health clinic, serving pregnant mothers experiencing domestic violence and housing insecurity. Witnessing the injustices her clients faced at the hands of our inequitable legal system, she was driven to make a difference as a lawyer and attended Berkeley Law.