Board of Supervisors President London Breed recently served as Acting Mayor leading San Francisco following the tragic passing of Mayor Edwin Lee.
London first won election to the Board of Supervisors in November 2012. In January of 2015, her colleagues elected her President of the Board. She was re-elected as District 5 Supervisor in November 2016 and unanimously re-elected as Board President two months later.
London is a native San Franciscan, raised by her grandmother in Plaza East Public Housing in the Western Addition. She graduated with honors from Galileo High School and attended the University of California, Davis, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Public Service with a minor in African American Studies. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.
A Record of Serving San Franciscans
Before her election as District 5 Supervisor, London served as Executive Director of the African American Art & Culture Complex in the Western Addition for over a decade, transforming the struggling center into a vital, financially-stable community resource, providing after school arts and cultural programs for youth and seniors. She also served as a San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Commissioner for five years and in 2010 was appointed by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom to be a San Francisco Fire Commissioner, where she served until her election to the Board of Supervisors.
London has dedicated her entire adult life to serving our communities and improving the City’s housing, environment, public safety, transportation, and quality of life.
London has passed legislation to increase housing along transit corridors and prioritize neighborhood residents for the affordable homes in their community. She helped transform unused public housing units into homes for homeless families, and is leading the effort to renovate thousands more. London has fought for more navigation centers for the homeless and launched a task force to study if safe injection facilities can help IV drug users off the streets and into treatment. She is also working on improving mental health services for all San Franciscans.
In 2014, London tackled the City’s ambulance response crisis, improving safety for everyone, and cutting ambulance response times by over 26%. She has fought for more police officers, and passed a complete overhaul of the City’s graffiti policies, as well as first-in-the-country legislation to protect music and nightlife venues.
London passed the strongest Styrofoam ban in the country, and drug take-back legislation that has kept over 40 tons of medical waste out of the Bay and landfills. And she spearheaded San Francisco’s clean electrical energy program, CleanPowerSF, the City’s most important climate change effort, projected to cut more than 940K tons of CO2 each year while reducing energy costs.
London passed legislation to replace hundreds of Muni buses and the entire fleet of Muni trains, creating a more reliable, quieter, and faster Muni. And she has consistently advocated for safe streets for all users, whether on the bus, a bike, car, or on foot.