Giselle Hale announces City Council candidacy

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City Council hopeful Giselle Hale formally announced her candidacy this morning in a most fitting way – a Facebook post.

The director of media partnership at Facebook, who currently serves on Redwood City’s planning commission, is a young leader with years of professional experience and community service under her belt. Hale said she is running for City Council to “ensure residents and families of all ethnic and economic backgrounds” can live and thrive in the city.

“I believe my combined experience as a businesswoman, current Redwood City Planning Commissioner, community volunteer and most importantly a mother provides me with a broad perspective on what it will take to create and maintain a vibrant and livable Redwood City for all residents,” Hale said in her announcement.

Hale joined Facebook in 2010 after co-founding the startup Civio. Professionally, she is an expert in fields including marketing, program management, business development, channel strategies and startup operations.

She’s also been very active in the public sector, serving as campaign manager for Congresswoman Anna Eshoo in 2008, who won re-election decisively that year. Prior to that role, she was a regional field director for former President Barack Obama’s campaign.

Hale has served on the Redwood City planning commission since 2014, and is also active with the National Partnership for Women & Families, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit promoting fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, health care access, and policies that help parents meet the demands of work and family.

She earned an undergraduate degree in International Relations from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a graduate degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

“My husband and I came to Redwood City to start our family because it was a place that matched our personal values of hard work, kindness, family and fun,” Hale said. “Redwood City stands out across the Peninsula as a place that embraces diversity, families and every generation with an unmatched quality of life.”

Hale’s campaign website can be viewed here.

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