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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

Ciudad de East Palo AltoCandidato para Consejo Municipal

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Regina Wallace-Jones

Tech Executive / Mother
2,370 votos (25.65%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Housing - Work regionally to solve housing crisis and introduce more housing options at more income levels for East Palo Alto residents.
  • Transportation/Traffic - Work regionally to enable public commuting solutions that reduce traffic flow and ensure that residents no longer feel trapped by the commuter traffic.
  • Education & Tech Enrichment - Work closely with School Board, residents and other regional partners to enrich our community with more tech skills to participate more fully in the innovation economy.



Profesión:High Tech Executive
Chief of Staff & Head of Product Operations, eBay, Inc. (2017–2018)
Chief of Staff & Head of Security Operations, Facebook, Inc. (2015–2017)
Director, Network Infrastructure, Yahoo, Inc. (2009–2015)
Commissioner, San Mateo County Commission on the Status of Women — Cargo designado (2010–2011)


University of California, Los Angeles Master of Science, Public Policy (1999)
Stanford University Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering (1996)

Actividades comunitarias

Member, University AME Zion Church (2017–current)
Technical Advisory Committee, City of East Palo Alto (2017–2018)
Chair of Board of Directors, Streetcode Academy ( (2016–2018)
Member, Board of Directors, Women Who Code, Inc. (2015–2018)
Chapter President & Collegiate Advisor, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (2007–2017)


Regina Wallace-Jones is a 16-year resident of East Palo Alto, community advocate, tech executive, and family member.


After being raised in the city of West Covina, CA, a city not too unlike East Palo Alto (EPA), Regina studied engineering and technology policy, with the hopes of using technology for social advancement.


As a member of the EPA community, Regina has served in a variety of ways. She is the founding board president of StreetCode Academy, a patron of Black Girls Code, a board member for Women Who Code, and a partner of the Lean In Foundation to advocate for women pursuing professional ambition.


Most recently, through her position on the City’s Technical Advisory Committee, she is partnering with the Ravenswood School board to assist in transitioning District employees who will be laid off due to budget insolvency issues.


Professionally, Regina is currently Chief of Staff and Head of Product Operations at eBay Inc. and has previously served as a tech executive at Yahoo and Facebook.


Regina holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a Masters from UCLA in Public Policy with Emphasis in Technology Policy.



She is the daughter to Edward and Alice Wallace and sister to 3 siblings (Alicia, Dawn and Mikayla). She is married to Steffond Jones, a Sr. Software Engineer and Apple veteran. Together, they have two beautiful daughters, Addison and Jocelyn Jones.

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Organizaciónes (4)

  • Democratic Party
  • San Mateo County Labor Council
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
  • DemFems of Silicon Valley

Funcionarios electos (1)

  • Assemblyman Marc Berman

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

I am running for City Council because when my husband and I moved here almost two decades ago, I knew then what I know now, East Palo Alto is a great city! I love the spirit and energy of our people, the blend of cultures and traditions and our strong conviction to leave a great legacy for our children.


In our city, we have everything we need to achieve our greatest vision of success.


Together, we can increase affordable housing, embrace new industry, plan for continued growth and invest in our city’s future.


As a daughter of union laborers, I understand the value of hard work. I understand the struggle to find affordable housing and jobs that pay liveable wages. As a black woman, I know how to transcend expectations and accomplish tough goals. As a tech executive, I see the big picture and will negotiate advantageous outcomes for you.


I have the vision, the skills, and the perseverance to help East Palo Alto navigate toward a more prosperous future. I will fight for your hopes and dreams for this city. Together, we will rise to meet the future. I would be honored to have your vote.  #forwardtogether #allofus

Documentos sobre determinadas posturas

Regina's Campaign Platform Talking Points


This position paper covers talking points that represent the focus areas for Regina's candidacy.


  • This is a campaign about celebrating community.
  • The heart of East Palo Alto is its people. We are a wonderfully diverse and multicultural city and our people are strong.
  • We want to preserve the connections within our communities and neighborhoods that make East Palo Alto a special place to live.
  • We don’t need winners and losers to run a city. This is not a zero sum game. We are committed to building community one neighbor at a time, and to building solutions where we can all win together.
  • This campaign is about #allofus​, moving East Palo Alto #forwardtogether​.


  • The Bay Area suffers from a regional housing shortage. East Palo Alto is no exception.
  • Together, we will build more housing that is affordable for more people.
  • East Palo Alto provides more affordable housing than any other city on the Peninsula; we have 1% of the land but 14% of the area’s affordable housing. But we can and should do more. We can and should add at least 500 new housing units.
  • Regina supports the Weeks Street project and Light Tree project but generally believes that mixed income housing is better for residents and cities.
  • Regina supports new construction but also wants to simplify and streamline the process for re-building on existing properties.
  • Regina supports opportunities for property owners to add auxiliary housing units (e.g. in-law apartments) to add housing units and provide income for homeowners.
  • Innovative partnerships should be pursued to “buy down” the cost of real estate, putting home ownership within reach for more people.
  • East Palo Alto should develop a green infrastructure plan for the long-term growth of the city.
  • Regina supports Proposition 10 which will enable more cities to develop stronger rent stabilization policies in the State of California


  • East Palo Alto is a gateway city to Silicon Valley. We spend as much as 30 minutes exiting and entering our city each day. Together we’ll decrease traffic flow, diversify commuter routes and create new revenue streams for the city of East Palo Alto.
  • Half a million cars drive through our city every day, providing opportunities to increase cash flow into our communities. We should explore all options from levying tolls to increasing retail outlets along travel corridors.
  • We can make some quick fixes to improve traffic flow now:
  • Set traffic light timing to improve residents’ ability to leave the city.
  • Request the removal of local streets from “maps” applications and services to reduce commuter shortcuts through our neighborhoods.
  • Add street and exit lights in University Square District.
  • We need a city plan to improve biking in and through our city.
  • Regina supports Get Us Moving, the SamTrans bill to add a light rail line to Fremont, which would reduce car traffic across the Dumbarton Bridge.
  • Regina does not support a reduction in the gas tax because San Mateo county relies on those funds for transportation projects.


  • East Palo Alto is reaching a tipping point as we continue to welcome new and richly diverse city residents. But we’ll continue to be a compassionate city that creates opportunity and offers support to those that need it most. We’ll create more ways for more residents to have more through job creation, skill development and financial literacy programs.
  • As the gateway to Silicon Valley, our city continues to grow. We want smart and balanced growth to bring better opportunities to our people.
  • We should increase the minimum wage to at least $15, and provide opportunities for our residents to upgrade and improve their skills.
  • We should support and encourage local small businesses. For example, we should create carve-outs for these businesses in mixed-use development projects.
  • As a member of the EPA Tech Advisory Committee of the EPA Employment Center, Regina works to ensure that residents are tied to real, liveable wage jobs.
  • By working with corporate partners, we can create apprentice programs that help people transition to new sectors of employment.
  • Regina supports Measure HH with the caveat that she is more focused on addressing the larger issue which is that 25-35% of residents are living one paycheck away from devastation. This is the root cause of the growing homeless population. Regina believes that HH is addressing the sympton, which is important, but that it does not address the root cause, which is that the economy has broken for many hardworking residents.


  • The East Palo Alto City Council will build an enduring alliance with the Ravenswood School District. We’ll seek strategic ways to bolster support and amplify core curriculum with complementary tech enrichment programs.
  • The emergence of the internet and related new technologies has changed our world. Regina realized the power of this change early on and has consistently worked to help learners develop the skills to succeed in their work and their lives.
  • Working in partnership with our tech neighbors allows us to give children and adult learners access to technology skills and fluencies not taught in school, but critical for success for anyone.
  • Working in partnership with our tech neighbors will also give our residents opportunities to seek employment in positions often filled by referrals, not open postings.
  • Regina believes that “With the right skills, we can write our own stories. We can drive our own impact.”

Videos (1)

Regina Wallace-Jones for East Palo Alto City Council — October 10, 2018 The Olive Street Agency, LLC

This video contains an introduction to my candidacy, shares several campaign platform elements and differentiates my skillset and approach to city council from all other candidates.

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