First elected to the Oakland City Council in 1992, Mr. De La Fuente has pioneered the revitalization of Oakland. Mr. De La Fuente currently serves as an International Vice President for the Glass, Molders, Potter, Plastics and Allied Workers International Union, AFL-CIO, negotiating for members seeking health insurance and other benefits.
As frontier of the development of the Fruitvale Transit Village, he is also credited with building the Cesar Chavez Education Center and Ascend School. Mr. De La Fuente's accomplishments include authoring the Equal Access Policy, and the City's Hire Oakland policies which provides opportunities for employment for Oakland residents and small businesses.
Since 1999, Mr. De La Fuente has been re-elected to serve as President of the City Council and dedicated to Oakland residents.
Mr. De La Fuente has served on the Board of the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Authority since 1997.