London Breed

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London Breed
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At Day Without a Woman, March 2017
President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Assumed office
January 8, 2015
Mayor Ed Lee
Preceded by Katy Tang
Member of the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
from District 5
Assumed office
January 8, 2013
Mayor Ed Lee
Preceded by Christina Olague
Personal details
Born London Nicole Breed
(1974-08-11) August 11, 1974 (age 42)
San Francisco, California
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Residence San Francisco, California
Alma mater University of California, Davis University of San Francisco
Occupation Politician
Website Board of Supervisors
District 5 website

London Nicole Breed (born August 11, 1974) is an American elected official in San Francisco, California. She serves as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing Supervisorial District 5.

District 5 includes the neighborhoods of Inner Sunset, Haight Ashbury, Lower Haight, Fillmore, Western Addition, part of Cathedral Hill, Parnassus Heights, North Panhandle, Anza Vista, Lower Pacific Heights, Japantown, Hayes Valley, part of Ashbury Heights, and part of UCSF Parnassus Heights.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Breed was raised by her grandmother in public housing in the Western Addition.[1] She is a graduate of Galileo High School. Breed earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California Davis in 1997 and a master's degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco in 2012.[2]


In 2002, Breed became the executive director of the African American Art & Culture Complex,[3] where she raised over $2.5 million to renovate the complex's 34,000 square foot space, including an art gallery, theater space, and a recording studio.[1]

Breed was named to the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Commission in 2004. In 2010, Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed her to the San Francisco Fire Commission.[1] She is Mayor Ed Lee's closest ally on the Board of Supervisors.

In November 2012, Breed was elected to the District 5 supervisor seat after she defeated incumbent Christina Olague, who had been appointed to the seat that year by Mayor Ed Lee after Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi was elected sheriff.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors[edit]

Breed authored legislation to allow the San Francisco City Attorney to pursue civil damages against graffiti taggers, instead of solely relying on criminal prosecutions to punish taggers.[4] In 2016, City Attorney Dennis Herrera used these new penalties to win a civil judgment against serial tagger Terry Cozy that resulted in a $217,831.64 fine.[5]

On January 8, 2015 Breed was elected president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, defeating fellow supervisor David Campos and replacing interim president District Four Supervisor Katy Tang.[6] She was re-elected to another two year term as president on January 9, 2017.

After the shooting of Mario Woods by San Francisco police officers, Breed and Supervisor Malia Cohen called for a federal investigation of the shooting at a Board of Supervisors meetings.[7]

In February 2016, Breed announced her re-election bid to represent District 5. The top issues she identified in her announcement were development, public safety, environmental health, and public transportation. She is running against Dean Preston, a tenant rights lawyer and advocate for affordable housing rights.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Board of Supervisors - London Breed bio
  2. ^ Nevius, C.W. (November 10, 2012). "London Breed is S.F.'s election shocker". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ Lagos, Marisa (December 26, 2012). "London Breed's emphasis: kids' lives". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "San Francisco Supervisor London Breed coming up with new plan to crack down on graffiti offenders". ABC7 San Francisco. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  5. ^ "6-figure fine means it's a new day for taggers in S.F.". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
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  7. ^ "Supervisor London Breed Calls for a Federal Investigation into the SFPD's Shooting Death of Mario Woods". SF Weekly. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  8. ^ "London Breed Formally Announces Re-Election Campaign For D5 Supervisor | Hoodline". Retrieved April 7, 2016. 

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