Jane Kim is a current San Francisco Supervisor and has taken the first steps to declare her candidacy for Mayor of San Francisco. Jane is a proven progressive leader who has fought to expand access to affordable housing, protect renters, close the income gap and improve public schools.
Board of Supervisors
Jane Kim was elected in 2010 to represent District 6 on the Board of Supervisors, which includes South of Market, Mission Bay, the Tenderloin, Civic Center, Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island. She is the first Korean-American elected official in San Francisco and the first Asian-American candidate to win a non-historically Asian district in the city.
Kim spearheaded an initiative to make City College of San Francisco the first community college in the nation to offer free classes to all residents regardless of age, income or educational status. Today, enrollment at CCSF is up by nearly 18% and 45,000 students are currently taking classes in the fall of 2017.
During her first term on the Board, Jane led efforts to establish the police substation on 6th Street, transform Boeddeker Park into a beautiful, brand new park, implement the city’s Vision Zero policy to protect pedestrians and cyclists, add critical medical and mental health staff to homeless shelters and pass CEQA reforms to give our community greater input in development decisions. And Jane has been a leading voice to close the income gap, authoring the ballot measure to increase San Francisco’s minimum wage to $15/hour. This is the most progressive wage increase in the country and was passed overwhelmingly in November 2014.
Additionally during her first term, Jane was appointed Chair of the Rules Committee and also served as a member of the Budget & Finance Committee. She worked with multiple citywide stakeholders throughout the City to pass a values-based budget thoughtfully and responsibly. Currently, Jane sits on the Land Use Committee, making recommendations on small to large land use and economic development projects and reforms to the Planning Code.
In her second term, Jane has continued to fight for working families in San Francisco. She negotiated a major increase in the number of affordable housing units in the new Giants development, raising the threshold from 33% to 40% and setting a new standard for city-supported developments. She has also worked to pass the boldest tenant protections to counter frivolous and profit-incentivized evictions.
She also continues to advocate for our children and youth—serving as Chair of the City and School District Committee. Passionate about public education, Jane Kim is leading the way to ensure that San Francisco is increasing resources and money for its schools while supporting partnerships with the San Francisco Unified School District. This year, Jane is leading the reauthorization and strengthening of the Public Education Enrichment Fund, which allocated $47.5 million just this past year alone in critical city funding for school libraries, arts, sports and music. Jane believes that we have a responsibility to invest in the education and success of our youth. California currently ranks 49th in per pupil spending, with only Mississippi trailing behind.
Kim is also a member of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, the body that oversees the design, construction and operation of the new Transbay Transit Center, which is currently under construction and includes the extension of the Caltrain commuter rail from 4th and King Station and the future California High Speed Rail.
Board of Education
In 2006, Jane Kim was the top vote-getter elected citywide to the Board of Education. Later, her colleagues would unanimously vote her to serve as the President of that body.
While on the school board, Jane worked to close the achievement and opportunity gap, redesign the student assignment process to give some preference for families who want to enroll their children in neighborhood schools, and promoted policies that decreased suspension and expulsion rates.
Early Life and Education
Jane was born and raised in New York City. Her parents immigrated to New York from Seoul, South Korea in the early 1970s. During high school, Kim became involved in community service groups and participated in leadership development programs. She also began working at local community organizations in New York, gained valuable insight into the systemic roots of homelessness and began a lifelong commitment to advocating for the underserved.
Kim attended Stanford University, where she majored in Political Science and Asian American Studies. She went on to receive her law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law. Jane Kim lives in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood.