New Legislator Spotlight: Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland)

Jan. 21, 2019

In each issue of our CLSA Bulletin, we will highlight a member of California’s eight-member “freshman class” in the California State Assembly.

On behalf of our membership and California’s statewide life sciences community – a sector which employs over 311,000 Californians, including over 82,000 in the Bay Area – California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) welcomes Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland). We look forward to working with Asm. Wicks and her team to advance policies that improve patient health and bring positive change for California patients and their families.


Asm. Buffy Wicks

Buffy Wicks is a community organizer, an advocate for kids, and a grassroots activist with experience at the local, state and federal level. She was born in a small town in rural California and grew up in a trailer, raised by working class parents who pushed her to work hard and think big.

Buffy attended public school, then enrolled at her local community college before transferring to and graduating from a four-year university. She got her start in community organizing where she organized against the Iraq War in the Bay Area. She’s been an organizer ever since. Buffy became a grassroots organizer for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign, then joined the United Food and Commercial Workers and led the campaign to fight Wal-Mart for better wages and health care for its employees.

Buffy is proud to have been an architect of President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. She is credited with innovating Obama’s grassroots organizing model – from right here in Oakland. In addition to playing a critical role in his momentous electoral victories, Buffy served alongside him in the White House. In her leadership role at the Office of Public Engagement, Buffy brought stakeholders and advocates from across the country together to support and eventually pass the Affordable Care Act, which has provided more than 20 million Americans with health care, including 5 million here in California. Buffy’s passion is fighting for equity, equal opportunity, and economic security – with a particular focus on policies affecting women and children. She served at the Center for American Progress as a Senior Fellow, where she launched a national policy initiative, with Planned Parenthood and SEIU, fighting for economic security for women and families. C Buffy hopes to continue advocating for California’s parents and kids as an Assemblywoman in Sacramento, where only 22% of our state legislators are women and just a handful are mothers to young children.

Buffy lives in Oakland with her husband Peter and her 21-month old daughter, Josephine, also known as JoJo.

Committee Assignments
Public Safety (including Budget Subcommittee 4 on State Administration)
Banking and Finance
Privacy and Consumer Protection

Learn more about Wicks.