A lifetime of putting people before politics. A lifetime of getting it done.
Ed Lee is the 43rd Mayor of San Francisco and the first Asian-American Mayor in the City’s history.
Ed Lee was born in Seattle in 1952, one of six children raised by hardworking parents. His father, a veteran of World War II, worked as a cook and ran a restaurant, while his mother, who immigrated from China, worked as a waitress and a seamstress.
After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Bowdoin College in 1974 and Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California-Berkeley in 1978, Ed Lee promptly went to work for the San Francisco Asian Law Caucus, where he spent the next decade fighting for affordable housing and advocating for the rights of immigrants and renters in the Bay Area. In 1980, Lee married his wife Anita, and today they have two daughters, Tania and Brianna, who both attended San Francisco public schools and graduated from Lowell High.
Ed Lee has served the people of San Francisco for 22 years in five different City Departments under four mayors. In 1989, Lee was named Investigator for the City’s first Whistle Blower’s Ordinance, where he worked to hold City government accountable and transparent to the taxpayers. In 1991, he became the City’s Human Rights Commission Director, working to expand economic opportunities to local small businesses and minority contractors. In 1996, he was appointed City Purchaser and in 2000, he was named Director of the City’s Department of Public Works. In 2005, former Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed Ed Lee City Administrator, where he spearheaded reforms that reduced the size and cost of City Government and developed the City’s first-ever Ten Year Capital Plan to ensure needed infrastructure investments are funded. He was reappointed City Administrator in 2010 with the unanimous support of the Board of Supervisors.
In January 2011, Ed Lee was appointed interim Mayor to complete the term of former Mayor and current Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom.
As Mayor, Ed Lee has changed the tone at City Hall and brought people together to get things done for San Francisco. He’s made attracting and creating good jobs, keeping our streets safe and investing in our infrastructure his top priorities. He worked together with the Board of Supervisors to close a $380 million budget deficit and brought business and labor together to control public employee pension costs and protect the vital city services San Franciscans depend on every day. Mayor Lee will make sure San Francisco remains a hub for innovation in the dynamic global economy to create jobs for San Franciscans in every neighborhood.
Mayor Lee and his wife currently live in Glen Park, where he enjoys walking and hiking in Glen Canyon Park, riding his bike and Sunday rounds of golf, often at the City’s many public courses. He is the first Mayor to drive an electric car and he has worked to be the most inclusive and accessible San Francisco Mayor in decades, meeting with hundreds of neighborhood and community groups in every corner of the City.