The world is truly getting a front row seat to some of our black girl magic!
Only hours after the City of San Francisco lost their Mayor Ed Lee, Board President London Breed assumed the role as the city’s first black female mayor. Breed was previously the city’s District 5 supervisor, but will now be serving as the acting mayor.
She has served San Francisco not only as president of the board but as Executive Director of the African American Art & Culture Complex in the Western Addition, Redevelopment Agency Commissioner, and Fire Commissioner.
Breed was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2012 and named its president in 2015. A native San Franciscan, she grew up in public housing in the district she represents. She has long emphasized affordable housing as a city priority.
Breed got her start in politics as an intern in the city’s housing department during the tenure of Mayor Willie Brown that ended in 2004. Brown has not held public office since then but continues to exert considerable influence on city politics, and helped elect Lee.
Last month, she and a fellow colleague introduced legislation to guarantee legal counsel for tenants in cases of evictions. Breed has also worked on rehabilitating underutilized city spaces like parking lots, into housing complexes.
“Many of those policies have failed the people I grew up with,” she said, speaking generally about issues that she has clashed with her progressive colleagues on.
Though her colleagues can vote to replace her, she will likely fill the position until the mayoral election held on June 5. At the present time, two other men have already announced their candidacy. It is unclear if Breed will enter the mayoral race this upcoming election. But for now, she has made history for black women and the City of San Francisco.