Mr. Freitas was born on the island of Flores in the Azores (Portugal) on September 5, 1953. He has been married to Maria Fatima Freitas for over 45 years. They have two children, Mark and Nicole, and seven grandchildren: Madison, Marisa, Makenzie, Maxsan, Zackarias, Mia, and Maile. He has been a resident of Newark for over 44 years.

Education

  • Luis de Camoes College (Lisbon, Portugal) – earned Geography degree
  • Fremont Adult School (1977)
  • Ohlone College (1978)

Business

  • General Building Contractor for 32 years
  • Property Manager

Other

  • His childhood heroes were John F. Kennedy and Mother Teresa
  • St. Edward Catholic Church Parishioner

Government Experience

  • Newark City Council (Elected 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2016)
  • Newark Vice Mayor 1998, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2015
  • Board Member – Alameda County Waste Management Authority
  • Board Member – CMA (Congested Management Agency)
  • Board Member – ACTC (Alameda County Transportation Commission
  • Board Member – Community Development Advisory Council
  • Newark Representative – AC Transit Policy Advisory Committee

Community Experience

  • Member, LUSO American Faternal Federation
  • Member, P.F.S.A. Supreme Council
  • Member, Newark Optimist Club
  • Member, Portuguese American Cultural Center
  • Member, PALCUS (Portuguese American Leadership Council of the United States in Washington, D.C.)