A smart & progressive technologist for social justice
Young Tessa with her mom
Tessa was born in San Francisco and raised in both San Francisco and Berkeley. She is proud to be a Bay Area native, and her passion for public service originates from the diverse environments where she was raised.
She was raised in a progressive Jewish household, which was deeply committed to social justice and racial equity. Her grandfather was a Holocaust survivor and resistance fighter, who lost his immediate and extended family in the gas chambers of Auschwitz. From these life lessons, Tessa was taught early on that we can never take political and social stability for granted.
Tessa’s late father was a cameraman and staff member of the inaugural KQED Newsroom; behind the lens filming much of the Free Speech movement at UC Berkeley in the 1960’s. He was trusted by Oakland’s Black Panther Party leadership to help document and tell their story.
Tessa was politically engaged from a young age. She made statements against sweatshop labor during middle school, and in high school organized school walk-outs to protest “Three Strikes” laws, and demands for salary increases for public school teachers.
After earning a Masters degree in Public Administration from Presidio Graduate School, Tessa wanted to combine her desire for social progress with her strong analytical skills, in order to make true systemic changes in government. She began her career at the City of Berkeley’s Department of Information Technology, and went from answering Help Desk phones and providing IT support to staff Citywide, to managing the technology portfolio of the Berkeley Fire Department. She then worked on the implementation of a web-based building permit system for the Department of Planning and Development. Most recently, she worked at the San Francisco Department of Police Accountability, implementing a web-based tool for members of the community to file complaints against SFPD officers.
The future of government is in technology, and Tessa’s approach as a member of the El Cerrito City Council will be forward-thinking. She will use her personal experiences and passion for smart government to steady El Cerrito during these turbulent times, and keep her eye on the larger budgetary and capital improvement needs of the community.
Tessa is married to Dan Green, a Captain in the Berkeley Fire Department. She has a four-year-old daughter named Shira, and a 13-year-old stepson named Milo. Tessa is also an avid dancer, loves Star Trek, and meditates twice a day.