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Oakland Mayoral Race '14: Candidate Bryan Parker

Bryan Parker Official Campaign Photo


Bryan Parker is a healthcare and tech executive with degrees from University of California Berkeley and NYU. Though he has never held elected office, he is a former chair of Oakland’s Workforce Investment Board and he is currently serving as a Commissioner for the Port of Oakland. He was appointed to that position by current Mayor Jean Quan. He made news earlier this year with a very successful crowdfunding campaign, and is a supporter of the alternative internet currency Bitcoin.

Parker is not originally from Oakland, but he has long loved the city.

Bryan Parker: "My first memory were as a child, when the A's where winning their championships. I fell in love with the place. I knew it was a place that I wanted to live at some point. To me, Oakland was all about the possible. When you fall in love with something, at least for me, it was associated with winning, and excitement. And also resiliency. I mean I look at the Raiders, and yes we look at those as sports, but I looked at them as a team that were the blue-collar, lunch-pail-type crowd that fought, would knock you in the mouth if they needed too, but they going to be resilient and get it done. I guess that's what really stands out to me is the whole thing of never being counted out."

Click the audio player above to listen to the complete interview with Bryan Parker. 


Jen Chien was the managing editor for Crosscurrents and KALW News from 2016 to 2018. She has been a contributor to All Things Considered, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, BBC/PRI’s The World, Making Contact, SF Public Press, East Bay Express, New America Media, and KPFA in Berkeley, where she took part in the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. She is the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Emerging Journalist Award from the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California. She holds a BA in American Studies from Smith College, and an MA in Interdisciplinary Performance from New College of California. Before entering the field of journalism, she had a successful career as a professional dance and theater artist, teacher, and massage therapist.