Edwin M. Lee

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Edwin M. Lee
Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco

Edwin M. Lee, 63, 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.

In his first term, Mayor Lee focused on economic development and job creation, raised the minimum wage for San Francisco’s lowest wage workers, revived the manufacturing industry and created a global hub for innovation and new economy industries. He focused on making City government more responsive, efficient and accountable through innovation and technology. He made record investments in San Francisco public schools, public transit and health and homeless services for the most in need. In his next term, he will continue to invest in building more affordable housing than at any other time in San Francisco’s history, creating true exits from homelessness for people, and improving the City’s infrastructure to improve streets, parks, open spaces, libraries and public transit.

Mayor Lee has worked for the City and County of San Francisco since 1989 holding positions including Investigator for the City’s first Whistle Blower Ordinance, Executive Director of the Human Rights Commission, Director of City Purchasing, Director of the Department of Public Works, and City Administrator. 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.

Born in Seattle, Washington, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bowdoin College, and Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley.