ARB Board Member Biographies
This page last reviewed January 29, 2015
Appointed May 2013 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
John Gioia was elected to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors in 1998 after serving for 10 years as an elected member of the East Bay Municipal Utility District Board of Directors.
John is a recognized leader in Bay Area regional government and on air quality issues. He was recently appointed by Governor Brown to serve on the California Air Resources Board and has been on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board since 2006 (serving as Chair in 2012). John also serves as the 1st Vice President of the California State Association of Counties. He chairs the Bay Area Joint Policy Committee (which coordinates planning for the four regional government agencies), and serves as Vice-Chair of both the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority and the Doctors Medical Center Government Board. He is also on the Association of Bay Area Governments Executive Board and San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.
John earned a BA in Political Science and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley. He practiced law until his election to the Board of Supervisors.
John's public service was inspired by his father, who was a civics and history teacher for 20 years at Kennedy High School in Richmond.
John has successfully built coalitions to address issues such as affordable housing, homelessness, violence prevention, environmental justice, access to public transportation and quality health care, air and water quality, San Francisco Bay restoration, and expanding after school and summer activities for youth. John also helped found the RYSE Center, an innovative and popular youth center in Richmond which is grounded on principles of social justice and youth development.