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Mayor Bates at his Desk  


Mayor Tom Bates

Mayor Bates was elected in November 2002 and re-elected in 2006, 2008, and 2012. In addition to serving the people of Berkeley, Mayor Bates also serves on four regional boards: the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission and the Joint Policy Commitee. He is also a member of the Alameda County Mayor's Conference. (Full Biography)

My staff and I are here to serve you - the people of Berkeley. If you have a question or an issue you would
like to raise with us, please feel welcome to contact the appropriate staff member below, 
or to call our main number at 510-981-7100 or send an email to our main inbox at


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Calvin Fong, Chief of Staff

Calvin currently serves as the Mayor’s Chief of Staff and is also the point person for transportation, land use, and housing policy development. Calvin also staffs the Mayor on the Bay Conservation and Development Commission.

Calvin is a Berkeley native and holds a BS in Business Administration and a MBA degree in Finance, both from CSU Hayward. 

Charles Burress, Director of Communications

Charles serves as the press contact and communications liaison for the Mayor’s office and works on issues relating to climate change and sustainability, including green transportation. He also works on local development topics and staffs the Mayor on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Alameda County Community Choice Aggregation Steering Committee.

Charles covered Berkeley for a number of years as a reporter and editor for the San Francisco Chronicle and AOL Patch. He received an undergraduate degree in Government from Harvard and a Master’s in Journalism from UC Berkeley.  

Gregory Magofña, Senior Aide

Gregory's work ranges from managing the office's administration and the Mayor's calendar to working on constituent services and economic development initiatives. Gregory staffs the Mayor on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the East Bay Green Corridor, the Berkeley Startup Cluster, and issues surrounding Telegraph Avenue, including student relations.

Gregory holds a BA from UC Berkeley in Political Science and has a minor in French.  


The Mayor's Office benefits from the services of dedicated interns and volunteers. Duties include planning events, creating materials, programmatic research, community outreach, answering phones, and working with volunteers. 

To apply to become an intern, please forward your resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcripts for students to Gregory Magofña.

Please contact the Mayor's Office with any questions.  Thank you.

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