Mayor Edwin Mah Lee: 1952-2017
The year ended with the sad and sudden passing of Mayor Ed Lee, who served the residents of San Francisco since the mid-1980s. The first Asian-American Mayor of San Francisco, Lee was born to Chinese immigrants and grew-up with five siblings in Seattle's public housing system. He left the Pacific Northwest for UC Berkeley, where he studied law before moving into a position focused on housing issues in the Bay Area.
He later worked for five
City and County of
San Francisco departments before being appointed the City's Human Right's Commissioner in 1991 and City Administrator in 2005. He became San Francisco interim Mayor after Gavin Newsom left the position to become Lieutenant Governor of California in 2011, and was elected by the residents of San Francisco to the position in 2012 on the well-known platform of "Run, Ed, Run!". He was re-elected Mayor in 2015. He was 65 years old.