Late Mayor Ed Lee

Late Mayor Ed Lee

Honorary Chair

Mayor Edwin M. Lee, 61, was sworn in on January 8, 2012 as the 43rd Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco. Mayor Lee was the first Asian-American mayor in San Francisco history.

Mayor Lee was elected on November 8, 2011 by the people of San Francisco while he was serving as Interim Mayor. He had been unanimously appointed 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 championed balancing the budget to keep San Francisco safe, solvent and successful, with reforming City pensions, economic development, job creation and public safety as his top priorities.

Mayor Lee remained focused 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 was Chair of the US Conference of Mayors Technology and Innovation Task Force.

Mayor Lee was born in Seattle, Washington. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bowdoin College in 1974 & from Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley.

Public Service History

2011-2018 Mayor of San Francisco
2005-2011 City Administrator
2000-2005 Director, Department of Public Works
1996-2000 Director, City Purchasing Department
1991-1996 Director, Human Rights Commission
1989-1991 Whistleblower Ordinance Investigator & Deputy Director of Employment Relations