Mayor Lily Mei was sworn in December 2016 as Fremont’s first woman and minority mayor in Fremont’s 63 year history. She first was elected to the Fremont City Council in 2014.
Mayor Mei actively represents Fremont’s interest on critical infrastructure issues including transportation and housing. Currently, she serves on the Alameda County Transportation Commission as Chair for the I-680 Sunol Express Lane Joint Powers Authority, Vice Chair for the Goods Movement Planning Committee, and as a Member of the Planning, Policy and Legislation Committee.
In 2019, Mayor Mei was nominated to serve on the National League of Cities policy committees of Transportation & Infrastructure Services. Most recently she was appointed as Co-Chair of the NLC Transportation Technology subcommittee. She also serves on the League of California Cities’ Housing, Community and Economic Development policy committee as an East Bay representative
Mayor Mei was instrumental in initiating Fremont’s first Mobility Task Force, which successfully guided the development of the City’s Mobility Action Plan focused on addressing the need for comprehensive citywide traffic congestion planning, safety of all travel modes, emerging transportation trends, such as autonomous vehicles, and producing an action agenda checklist planning for Fremont’s future initiatives.
Mayor Mei is proud to be a contributor to the growing success of Fremont’s public education where she was elected twice as a School Board Trustee to the Fremont Unified School District serving from January 2008 to December 2014. Regionally for education, Mayor Mei served two terms as a Delegate Assembly member for Region 7 representing Alameda and Contra Costa counties school districts. Statewide for California Mayor Mei is a past President of the Asian Pacific Islander School Board Members Association (APISBMA).
Mayor Mei embraces diverse recreational and cultural programs serving as a volunteer and leader supporting local scouting and sports programs. She is a board member/advisor of Citizens for Better Community, Music for Minors II and South Bay Chinese Service Club. Mayor Mei also has been a dedicated supporter involved with community focused groups encouraging civic engagement such as the Silicon Valley Leadership Group – Minority Women Leadership Day/Education Summit and American Association of University Women.
Mayor Mei grew up in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from Drexel University. Her professional experience includes over 20 years in competitive analysis, product and channel management, supply chain practices and serving as a worldwide sales operations controller. Most recently she led a global high-technology trade association representing industry leaders to develop best practices to advance intellectual property protection.
Mayor Mei lives in Fremont with her husband, Peter, and their children, Katie and Calvin.
“As Fremont’s Mayor, I am leading effective, broad-scale efforts to address food insecurity; dramatically expanding our affordable housing inventory for seniors and working families; and fighting our homeless crisis through a state of the art homeless navigation center with mobile hygiene services.
We’re prioritizing fire safety preparedness while addressing the need for transformative climate change through green initiatives such as emergency solar microgrids. Fremont created the largest number of EV stations of any city in the county.
As a working Mom of two, I first got involved to improve education for future generations. That’s why, as a member of the Fremont Unified School District Board of Trustees, I promoted initiatives to support our award-winning schools and children’s safety, garnering nationwide recognition for our safer routes to school programs.
Please join me in my fight to expand opportunity and improve the quality of life for your family and all Californians.” —— Lily Mei
FREMONT, CA — Fremont was ranked among 2021’s best-run cities in the U.S. during a year that put local governments and leaders to the test in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Bay Area city snagged no. 77 out of 150 cities according to new data gathered by WalletHub.
“Even when the U.S. isn’t in a time of crisis, running a city is a tall order,” WalletHub researchers wrote in a report. “But how do we measure the effectiveness of local leadership? One way is by determining a city’s operating efficiency.”
The financial advice site used several factors to measure how well cities are managed. WalletHub’s analysts constructed a “quality of services” score of 38 different metrics grouped into six categories, which were measured against the city’s per-capita budget, according to the report.
Fremont received high marks (no. 1) for having the lowest percentage of its population in poverty, 4.3 percent, compared to Flint, Mich., the city with the highest at 38.8 percent, according to the report. And the city ranked no.3 among cities with the highest median annual household income.
The city was also ranked among cities with the lowest violent crime rate in the U.S. at no. 5.
However, the city didn’t receive as much praise for its roads, which were ranked among cities that had the lowest quality roadways.
“The most important issues facing cities today are COVID-19, housing affordability, and crime, ” said John Winters, an associate professor at Iowa State Univeristy. “COVID-19 is still a major problem, but vaccinations are the clear solution. Cities need to continue encouraging vaccinations, including among hard-to-reach and otherwise reluctant populations.”
Here’s an interactive map of WalletHub’s 2021’s Best & Worst Run Cities In America.
This program in Fremont is reskilling people who lost their jobs during the pandemic
A little more than a year ago, Marta Kolar was working as a driver and dispatcher for a paratransit service, while also caring for her ailing 89-year-old mother. When the pandemic hit, Kolar had to quit her job, fearful she’d bring the deadly virus back home.
Kolar found herself on unemployment for the better part of a year until she applied for a program through the city of Fremont that offered paid classes through Ohlone Community College and a chance at a job making COVID-19 test kits at Evolve Manufacturing Technologies’ factory in Fremont.