Alison Hayden is the Republican member representative of District 20, that consists of Hayward, Union City, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Ashland, Cherryland, Fairview, Sunol and North Fremont.
Alison was born in Sacramento County, California, to American parents whose forefathers came to America in the early 1700’s, before we became a nation. Alison graduated from the University of California-Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and The London School of Economics with a Masters of Science degree. She was raised as an Air Force brat in Taipei, Taiwan, where she spent her formative years, moving back and forth between Fairfax, VA and the island beautiful. Her father later retired and joined a US multinational firm to manage its electronics factory in the southern port and Export Processing Zone of KaoHsiung. She graduated high school from a boarding school in Taichung, Taiwan before returning to the USA for university.
Alison spent eight years in the financial industry, beginning with banking and lending, after having undertaken a management-training program with Bank of America, and continued with Citibank’s International Private Banking Group. She then joined Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., after a brief project with the Boston Consulting Group, traded in its elite stock and options trading group that served the bank’s top 2% of private investors.
She then decided to serve in the US Peace Corps in its Business Development Group, as Director/Volunteer of a business incubator in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, its second largest city. She led the growth of a national alternative Women’s Association and launched projects related to teaching ethics and business. Separating from service with the Peace Corps, she remained in country and joined a consultant firm, vendor to the World Bank, with work on a project to bring the Varna state enterprise private, under its privatization program in Bulgaria. Once concluded, she continued on to The London School of Economics’ program in Development Management, earning an M.Sc.
She returned to the USA and soon found place in the world of education, working with felons to earn a High School GED. This opened the door to teaching credentials in Secondary and Special Education, as well as certifications to work with students on the Autism spectrum and as an Educational Therapist. She has had opportunity to work in and with virtually every possible venue and demographic of education in the San Francisco Bay Area, reaping rich reward. It has been, and is, her joy and profession. In her free time, Alison volunteers time to work with people recovering from alcohol and drug addiction habits and lifestyles.