Rafael E. Alvarado, Jr.

Management Team
Title: City Attorney
City Attorney

Rafael E. Alvarado, Jr., City AttorneyAs City Attorney, Rafael E. Alvarado, Jr. manages the City Attorney's Office, which provides legal advice to the City Council and City staff, drafts ordinances and resolutions, negotiates contracts, and litigates on behalf of the City. The City Attorney's Office also includes Risk Management, which works on claims against the City.

For the past five years, Rafael has served as city attorney for the City of East Palo Alto, providing advice on matters including land use and development (affordable housing, residential, and commercial office projects), the acquisition of 1.5 MGD (million gallons per day) of new water supply, land use and election litigation, and negotiation of an agreement with a prominent technology company to create a $10 million housing fund, a $2.5 million traffic improvement fund, and approximately $1 million in other community benefits for East Palo Alto and its residents.

Prior to East Palo Alto, he served as a deputy city attorney and assistant city attorney for the City of Hayward from 2009 to 2016, where he defended over 50 lawsuits in state and federal court, including civil rights, wrongful death, personal injury, and code enforcement cases. He also served as lead counsel to the planning commission and administered Hayward’s rent control ordinances and rent dispute resolution process.

Born in Nicaragua, Mr. Alvarado immigrated to the United States at a young age and his family settled in San Francisco. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of San Francisco and his law degree from Santa Clara University. 


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