Jeff Sheehy

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Jeff Sheehy
Member of the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
from District 8
Assumed office
January 9, 2017
Mayor Ed Lee
Preceded by Scott Wiener
Personal details
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Bill Berry
Children Michelle
Residence San Francisco, California
Alma mater University of Texas, Austin
Profession Politician
Website Board of Supervisors
District 8 website

Jeff Sheehy is an American elected official in San Francisco, California. He serves as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing Supervisorial District 8. He was appointed to the Board in January 2017 by Mayor Ed Lee to succeed Supervisor Scott Wiener, who resigned his seat to take office as a member of the California State Senate.[1] Prior to his appointment, Sheehy served as a communications director for UCSF AIDS Research Institute.[1]

District 8 includes The Castro, Noe Valley, Diamond Heights, Glen Park, Corona Heights, Eureka Valley, Dolores Heights, Mission Dolores, Duboce Triangle, Buena Vista Park, and part of Twin Peaks.

Background[edit]

Sheehy grew up in Waco, Texas, where his grandfather John and father James were both former mayors of the city.[2]

Career[edit]

Sheehy graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985. He was a member of San Francisco ACT-UP, and worked on such issues as organ transplants for people with HIV and legislation to facilitate safe conception for HIV-positive men through advanced assisted reproduction techniques with their HIV-negative partners.[3]

In 1996, Sheehy was one of three people who developed the city's Equal Benefits Ordinance and successfully advocated for its adoption. The ordinance requires any company receiving a city contract to provide their employees' same-sex domestic partners the same benefits that spouses receive.[3]

Sheehy was appointed as a victim's advocate for the SF district attorney's office in 1998, serving until 2000.

He served as Mayor Gavin Newsom's HIV/AIDS advisor.[3] He was appointed as a member of the governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine in 2005.

Sheehy is the communications director of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute. He was also a founding member of the Steering Committee of San Francisco’s Getting to Zero Consortium. The consortium's goals are to make San Francisco the first city to achieve the three UNAIDS goals: zero new infections, zero HIV deaths and zero HIV stigma.[3]

Sheehy has received several awards for his activist work: the Human Rights Campaign’s Leadership Award, the Caped Crusader Award from Equality California, the Tomas Fabregas AIDS Hero Award, the UCSF Chancellor's Award for Public Service, and has been named to OUT magazine's "Out 100" and POZ magazine's "POZ 100".[3] His name is fifth on the cover.

Currently Sheehy is supervisor of district 8 in San Francisco after the previous supervisor, Scott Weiner, became one of the state senators of California. Sheehy is the only HIV positive supervisor currently.

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