Jill Butler: Oakland City Attorney Appoints Public Ethics Commissioner

OAKLAND – Oakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker has appointed Oakland resident Jill Butler as the newest member of the Oakland Public Ethics Commission (PEC).

Ms. Butler was sworn in on November 13, 2018 at Oakland City Hall. She will fill a vacant seat on the Public Ethics Commission for the remainder of the current term, which ends on January 21, 2021.

“Jill’s background in public law, policy and ethics will directly support the Public Ethics Commission’s mission of investigating complaints, enforcing ethics and campaign finance laws and upholding honesty and integrity in City government,” City Attorney Parker said. “Her track record of public service, her range of experience and her love of her hometown Oakland make her an ideal candidate for this important commission.”

Ms. Butler is an attorney. She has worked extensively for public agencies in a number of roles, including in her current position as a Human Resources Manager at the University of California Office of the President in Oakland. In this role she works to ensure that senior university executives’ outside activities, such as sitting on boards and commissions, do not pose a conflict of interest with the university.

Ms. Butler previously served as Director of Constituent Partnerships for the UC President’s Office, as a Legislative Affairs Specialist with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union in Washington, D.C., and in positions with the Social Security Administration. She also worked as an Investigative Counsel for the U.S. Congressional Committee on Homeland Security, where she conducted oversight over diversity policies at the Department of Homeland Security.

For the last two years, Ms. Butler also has served as a mentor with the East Bay College Fund. She graduated from Seattle University School of Law and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from UC Berkeley.

The City Attorney appoints one commissioner to the PEC. The City Attorney’s appointment must have a background in public law or policy. All commissioners are volunteers and must be Oakland residents.

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