Director William B. Patterson
Term expires: December 31, 2020
Portions of Oakland, including East Oakland and the area south of Park Blvd/5th Avenue to the San Leandro boundary
William “Bill” Patterson currently serves as the Vice President of the East Bay Municipal Utility District’s Board of Directors. He was appointed by the EBMUD Board of Directors in September 1997 to fill the un-expired term of Director Ken Simmons. He was elected to continue as the representative for Ward 6, which includes Alameda County’s East Oakland Hills and south of Lake Merritt to the San Leandro city boundary, in 1998 and was re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.
Director Patterson is Vice-President of EBMUD’s Retirement Board and serves on the boards for the Upper Mokelumne River Watershed Authority and the Freeport Regional Water Authority. He is widely recognized as one of Oakland’s civic champions. He has been actively involved in many political campaigns and community organizations for more than four decades. He is a past president of the Oakland NAACP. He is a retired Oakland Parks and Recreation manager, who has been credited widely by many superstar athletes who have gone on to gain Hall of Fame recognition, including the likes of basketball’s Bill Russell and baseball’s Joe Morgan. He was also a close confidant and advisor to the late Oakland Mayor Lionel Wilson, the city’s first African American mayor. He served on the Oakland’s Public Ethics and Parks and Recreation Commissions and is currently a member of the Oakland Workforce Investment Board.
Patterson received his bachelor and masters degrees from San Francisco State University and graduate study at UC Berkeley. He resides in Oakland with his family and remains active in numerous community activities. He has received numerous awards in recognition of his accomplishments from governmental, community and political organizations.