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meet richard


Supervisor and Vietnam Veteran Richard Valle has represented District Two (a portion of Fremont and the communities of Hayward, Newark, Union City, and Sunol) since 2012. 


Richard champions safe, healthy, thriving and welcoming communities advocating for every resident and family for equal access to housing, healthcare, great schools, jobs paying a livable wage, and recovery from the effects of COVID. Prior to his election to the Board, Richard served on the Union City - City Council for thirteen years, where he led efforts to expand affordable housing, 911 and neighborhood safety programs, improve classrooms and maintain core local services.


An award-winning job creator and advocate for at-risk youth, Richard is passionate about youth development, employment and training, and delivering dependable, life-saving health and social services to the most vulnerable in our communities:  veterans, seniors, children and youth. Through initiatives like Science in the Park which makes science and healthy living fun for youth; increasing COVID support with micro-loans/grants and access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), contracting opportunities for local District Two businesses; keeping St. Rose Hospital open; expanding community-based health clinics; and addressing homelessness, Richard is working to achieve social and economic equity for all families as we recover from this pandemic together.

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Richard is the Founder and President of Tri-CED Community Recycling, California's largest non-profit recycling company that employs at-risk youth and provides union jobs (Tri-CED is affiliated with Teamsters Local 70) for local residents. In addition to its recycling collection services in Hayward and Union City, Tri-CED prides itself on being a community partner and philanthropic grant-maker to other non-profit groups that enrich the community with education, arts, and culture.


Supervisor Valle is honored to have been recognized for his leadership by a wide range of community organizations, including the James Irvine Foundation Leadership, Chabot College Gladiator and Teamsters Local 70 Outstanding Employers awards. Supervisor Valle is also involved in the following organizations:

  • Board Trustee, Teamsters Health & Welfare Fund

  • Founding member, Centro de Servicios, the oldest Hispanic social service agency in Southern Alameda County

  • Founding Member, Materials for the Future Foundation at the Presidio

  • Founder, Union City and Hayward Science in the Park Festivals and the Niles Canyon Stroll & Roll

  • Lifetime Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7906

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Following his service in the U.S. Army, Richard attended Chabot College and received his BA and MPA from California State University, East Bay.


Supervisor Valle is a dedicated husband and father.  Son Andrew and daughter Monica attended local Union City public schools and graduated from UCLA and San Diego State.  Daughter In-Law Becky Chui is a School Teacher and Son-in-law Simon Douglas is a Journeyman Carpenter and Business Owner. Richard and his wife, Barbara Aro-Valle met at James Logan High School and still live in Union City with their dogs Bailey and Roxie.

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