I’m Giselle Hale, a new candidate for the Redwood City Council. I love Redwood City and am grateful to be raising my family in this wonderful community. I have enjoyed serving as a Planning Commissioner the past four years and am inspired to continue to give back as a member of the City Council. I believe my combined experience as a businesswoman, Planning Commissioner and community volunteer make me the well-qualified, hard working and innovative candidate to represent you at city hall. I respectfully ask for your vote on November 6th.
My road to Redwood City started with an eviction notice. My husband and I were newlyweds and both working but like many young people with school loans and new jobs we were sharing a rental with roommates. One day 8 years ago, we got the call from our landlord saying that they were ready to sell. Fortunately, after years of saving, we realized that with a little help, we could buy our first home together. We chose Redwood City for three reasons: the diversity, the vibrant downtown, and the close knit community values that matched our own. Redwood City has that small town charm that makes it possible to run into friends whenever you leave the house. Our own experience of housing insecurity fueled my passion for finding innovative affordable housing solutions.
Today, we are blessed to be raising our daughters Lula (4 1/2) and Vivienne (2) in our wonderful neighborhood and both working in successful marketing careers at Facebook. Prior to Facebook I held sales and marketing roles at SC Johnson Wax, The Coca-Cola Company and Cisco after earning my MBA at Thunderbird School of Global Management. I’ve always believed in standing up for what you believe in, so in 2008 after moving to the Bay Area, I took a career break to volunteer full time for the Obama for America campaign and was soon asked to join as one of only 12 campaign staffers statewide.
Statements taken from Candidate site and Redwood City Candidate page
Endorsements by current officials, for a complete list please visit here
- Anna Eshoo - Congresswoman
- Jackie Speier - Congresswoman
- Fiona Ma - State Board of Equalization
- Jerry Hill - Senator
- Kevin Mullin - Assemblymember
- Marc Berman - Assemblymember
- Jeffrey Gee - Redwood City Council Member
- Shelly Masur - Redwood City Council Member
- John Seybert, Redwood City Council Member, Former Mayor
- Davina Hurt, Belmont City Council Vice Chair
- Julia Mates, Belmont City Council Member
- Emily Beach, Burlingame Council Member
- Michael Brownrigg, Burlingame Mayor
- Donna Colson, Burlingame Vice Mayor
Contributions: Total raised through 9/22/2018 - $72,311
For a full list of contributors through the first part of the year go here if you cannot see the pdf on this page