Welcome to the Berkeley City Council District 8 website!
Please use this site as a resource for accessing City services and contacting Councilmember Droste. Berkeley's District 8, in the southeastern corner of the City, includes the Claremont, Elmwood, Halcyon, Bateman, and Panoramic neighborhoods. The historic Elmwood Theater, Claremont Hotel, and Cal's newly renovated Memorial Stadium all lie within the District.
Throughout my life, I have dedicated myself to public service and giving back to the community. When I moved to the Elmwood twenty years ago, I knew it’s where I wanted to raise my family. I immediately got to work serving my community by working with the homeless population, teaching high school, and earning a master’s degree in public policy. Serving as a City Councilmember, I spend my time listening to and working with my neighbors. I bring a fresh perspective to Berkeley and want to ensure that our city provides needed services to all, from youth to seniors. Our downtown must be attractive, vibrant, and safe. Our city must be friendly to new businesses and help current ones thrive.
We need to increase housing availability and affordability because people who work in Berkeley should be able to live here. I also need to know our residents are safe. Crime and excessive traffic shouldn’t threaten our quality of life. I also want to continue the strong partnership with our schools and teachers to end the achievement gap. As an educator, I can serve a role in that partnership. Most importantly, I want Berkeley to be the best possible place to raise my son Simon and daughter Cora and I want it to be the best possible place for you.
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 Caucus) 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 the Laurel District 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, 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.