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Serena Oberstein was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley attending public schools before launching a career to fight for her community. She has spent nearly two decades creating solutions on the local, state and federal level in the nonprofit and public sectors. 

She served as president of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, which she was appointed to in 2014 by Councilmember Mitchell Englander. She helped lead an ethics commission that worked to provide greater transparency on campaign finance reform, elections and proactive accountability for those violating LA City Ethics Code.  

Serena was the Chief Operating Officer for Vision to Learn, a national nonprofit organization that provides free eye exams and free eyeglasses to students in need. Oberstein oversaw strategic growth and service delivery across 10 states and 75 school districts equipping thousands of children in high-need communities with glasses so they can lead more successful lives. She previously worked as the Southern California Regional Director of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice and is currently a consultant for nonprofits focusing on strategic growth and capacity building.  

Serena served her community as a policy analyst and neighborhood liaison in the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office. She also has experience working on campaigns for candidates running for federal, state and local office.  

Oberstein holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego and a Master in public administration degree from New York University Wagner School of Public Service. 

She and her husband live in Northridge with their two young daughters and dog, Huck.

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