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Edwin M. Lee was sworn in on January 8, 2012 as the 43rd Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco. Lee is the first Asian-American mayor in San Francisco history.

Lee was elected on November 8, 2011 by the people of San Francisco while he was serving as Interim Mayor, appointed unanimously as successor mayor by the Board of Supervisors on January 11, 2011 to fill the remaining year of former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s term who was sworn in as California’s Lieutenant Governor.

Mayor Lee has kept his focus on economic development and job creation, taking responsibility for building San Francisco’s future, taking responsibility for helping each other and making City government more responsive, efficient and accountable through innovation and technology. This is what it will take to keep San Francisco a thriving, diverse, dynamic city of great neighborhoods, but also one that is a global hub for innovation and new economy industries.

Mayor Lee has remained focused on keeping San Francisco affordable for everyone and has outlined a work plan that will move the City toward the goal of shared prosperity with the City’s investments in housing, education, transportation, women’s empowerment and anti-poverty.

Mayor Lee first began working for the City and County of San Francisco in 1989 as the Investigator for the City’s first Whistle Blower Ordinance and has since served as the Executive Director of the Human Rights Commission, Director of City Purchasing, and Director of the Department of Public Works before he was first appointed as City Administrator in 2005.

In 2010, Mayor Lee was appointed to a second term as City Administrator by Mayor Newsom and his appointment was confirmed unanimously by the Board of Supervisors. As City Administrator, Mayor Lee spearheaded government efficiency measures and reforms that reduced the size and cost of government, from reducing the vehicle fleet to consolidating departments and back office functions to save tax dollars. He implemented the City’s move to cleaner vehicles and an infrastructure to support electric vehicles and green City government. Mayor Lee also developed and oversaw implementation of the City’s first ever Ten Year Capital Plan to guide capital priorities and infrastructure investment.

Prior to his employment with the City and County of San Francisco, Mayor Lee was the Managing Attorney for the San Francisco Asian Law Caucus, for which he worked from 1979 to 1989. Mayor Lee was born in Seattle, Washington. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bowdoin College in 1974 and from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, in 1978. Mayor Lee is married to his wife Anita and is the father of two daughters Tania and Brianna.

Entries by Edwin M. Lee

A Free and Open Internet for All

(3) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 10:11 PM

On the eve of the Federal Communication Commission's historic vote on net neutrality, I join with other Mayors and millions of other Americans to urge Commissioners to support an open Internet for everyone.

In order for San Francisco and other U.S. cities to continue to grow, thrive and succeed,...

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Mayors Challenge Finalist: San Francisco (Video, Vote)

(4) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 12:00 PM

Idea Summary: Skillville matches job seekers with professional development opportunities through microvolunteering on city projects. The result: government capacity increases and job seekers develop skills that equip them for employment. Click here to vote for this idea.

I am extremely lucky to be Mayor of the great City...

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Consensus Pension Reform Plan -- Working Together For San Francisco Families

(11) Comments | Posted July 12, 2011 | 11:39 PM

While cities across the nation are struggling to reign in pension costs, San Francisco has been working hard and negotiating with its labor unions to develop a comprehensive consensus proposal that provides a dignified pension to its employees while remaining accountable to its taxpaying residents.

I joined a member of...

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