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Michael Barnes

City Council Member - City of Albany, CA, 2012-2020
Albany, California

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I first came to the Bay Area since 1989 as a UC Berkeley economics graduate student. In 1995 I moved to grad student housing in University Village. Five years later I bought a house near Albany High, where my son graduated in 2010.

I have spent most of my career working in the public sector, first as an economic analyst for the state of Washington, and later as a research analyst and then science writer and editor for the University of California.


  • Science editor and writer at UC Berkeley

Community Service

  • Albany School Board from 2002 – 2006

Appointment to City Committees or Intergovernmental Boards / Commissions

  • Association of Bay Area Government: General Assembly (as alternate)
  • League of California Cities - East Bay (as alternate)
  • East Bay Sports Field Recreational Authority JPA (as alternate)


  • December 2016 to 2020 (2nd term)