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Oliver L. Baines III, Councilmember
2600 Fresno St.
Room 2097
Fresno, CA 93721
(559) 621-8000
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Gregory A. Barfield
Chief of Staff

Mr. Gregory Barfield provides the day to day leadership in support of the Councilmember Oliver Baines’s agenda. As Chief of Staff he is also responsible for reviewing land use, planning projects, economic development activities and overseeing the staff, interns and volunteers who are vital to communicating and working on behalf of residents of the district and City of Fresno

Gregory was the City of Fresno’s, first Homeless Prevention and Policy Manager, and was responsible for the implementation of the 10 Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness adopted by the City of Fresno and the County of Fresno in September of 2008.

Gregory began that assignment in December 2008 and provided the day to day on the ground leadership. Working daily with those on the streets, the many local non-profit service providers, the County of Fresno, City of Fresno departments, the Housing Authority, the faith and business community, and many others to develop and provide housing opportunities to those who are on the streets as well as developing solutions to prevent people from losing their current housing.

Prior to this, he was the Chief of Staff to former District Three, Fresno City Councilmember Cynthia Sterling for three years. He has worked in all levels of government, been active in many local, state and federal political campaigns in the last 30 plus years with time spent working at community based non-profits, institutions of higher learning, and private business along the way.

Gregory was born in Fresno to Tommy & Wanda Barfield proud residents of the district and Edison High School graduates, was raised in the Bay Area (Richmond, California), where he graduated from John F. Kennedy High School. He is married to Angie, together in their blended family they have seven children and four grand children. Gregory is a proud graduate of California State University, Fresno with a degree in Social Work.

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Tainese Arceneaux
Council Assistant

Ms. Tainese Arceneaux has served as Council Assistant for Councilmember Oliver L. Baines, III since his swearing in ceremony on January 6, 2011. Prior to this, she served with former Councilmember Cynthia A. Sterling starting June of 2010.
Tainese is active in the public service field, and has always had a heart for the community. She represents the District Three office on various local committees and community groups including the Association for the Beautification of Highway 99, the 41 & North Corridor Committee, Bringing Broken Neighborhoods Back to Life, and Action & Change for South West Fresno, a community group associated with Fresno's Building Neighborhood Capacity Program (BNCP). Tainese also helped oversee and manage the 2012 Fresno Juneteenth Committee and the Councilmember's GOAL Awards Scholarship endowment program.

Before her current position she worked for The Business Journal, a local weekly publication serving the Valley. For nearly two years she interviewed everyone from California State Assembly Member Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco), to officials in Washington D.C to local Valley entrepreneurs.

During her tenure at The Business Journal Tainese shed light on healthcare reform, the hotel industry, restaurants and technology. She even generated an in-house column titled “On the Street”.

Tainese earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications Journalism from California State University, Fresno.

She looks forward to addressing any questions or concerns district constituents might have for this office. 

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