Supervisor, Board of Supervisors
City and County of San Francisco
I serve on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing District 6, which encompasses the Tenderloin, South of Market, Mid-Market/Civic Center, South Beach, Mission Bay, Rincon Hill, and Treasure Island/Yerba Buena Island neighborhoods. I serve as Chair of the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee and also serve as a member of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, the body overseeing the construction of the Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco. I am a graduate of Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where I received my Juris Doctorate.
I represent a diverse district, including our lowest-income residents and the wealthiest zip code in the City. Further, the district I represent is absorbing close to 80% of all residential and commercial development in San Francisco. My legislative priorities include maximizing the production and preservation of affordable housing, funding our public schools and parks, and addressing homelessness through a public health lens. Recently, I successfully secured an unprecedented 40% standard for affordable housing in two major developments in my District–the Giants’ Mission Rock project and the 5M project–resulting in hundreds of additional low income and middle income housing units built in both of these projects as well as robust community benefits such as more open space and recreational areas, permanent protected space for community-serving organizations, artists, and direct service providers.
My landmark initiatives include the Fair Chance Act (removing unnecessary barriers to employment and stable housing for the millions of Californians who have a conviction record); raising the minimum wage to a historic $15 per hour; securing full-time nurses for homeless shelters and establishing a medical respite shelter for aging and sick homeless residents too ill to be on the streets but not sufficiently ill to be housed in hospital; and ensuring that any new residential development in San Francisco includes a minimum of 40% affordable and middle-income housing. I am proud to have authored and passed the strongest and boldest tenant protection ordinance in the country stemming frivolous evictions. I have also worked to close the wage gap, leading the successful effort to pass the strongest and most progressive minimum wage law in the nation raising our minimum wage to $15/hour by 2018.
Prior to serving on the Board of Supervisors, I served as a Community Organizer at Chinatown Community Development Center for six years, a Civil Rights Attorney at Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and a Policy Fellow at the Greenlining Institute. I was also elected to the San Francisco Board of Education and served as President at the same time that I was attending Boalt Law School. During my Board of Education race in 2006, I won the highest number of votes out of 15 candidates citywide.
I have built a strong base of support throughout my community activism and time in office. My approach to policy-making is values-based and prioritizes community-building and progressive leadership development. I have developed a reputation as someone who will fight for everyone in the district – in particular, those who too often do not have a voice in our government.
At a time when voters are worried that low-income and middle-class families are being priced out of San Francisco, I have fought to make sure the Bay Area continues to be welcoming to people of all walks of life — and I have demonstrated my commitment through a proven and progressive track record over my nine years in office.
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