Episode 42 with Jane Kim
Jane Kim served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing a diverse district in San Francisco, including the lowest-income residents and the wealthiest zip code in the City. Further, she represented a district absorbing close to 80% of all residential and commercial development in San Francisco. She is a member and top voter getter for San Francisco Democratic Party Committee in 2016 and 2020.
Her landmark initiatives include leading San Francisco to be the first city in the nation to make Community College tuition-free for all residents; the Fair Chance Act (removing unnecessary barriers to employment and stable housing for the millions of Californians who have a conviction record); passing the strongest and most progressive minimum wage law in the nation raising our minimum wage to $15/hour; securing full-time nurses for homeless shelters and establishing a medical respite shelter for aging and sick homeless residents. Kim also led the single largest investment in any US city has made towards childcare- a tax on multi-million dollar commercial real estate to raise $140M+ per year to make universal affordable childcare a reality
Supervisor Kim is a fierce affordable housing advocate who has fought to increase the affordable housing requirement from 12% to 25% and has won an unprecedented 40% affordable housing requirement in two major development projects in her district. She is proud to have authored and passed the strongest and boldest tenant protection ordinance in the country stemming frivolous evictions.
Jane most recently served as the National Regional and California Political Director for Bernie Sanders 2020 and is a Senior Fellow of Engagement at the Young Elected Officials Network, a program of the People for American Way. She is currently the Senior Advisor for Build Affordable Better California.
Prior to being a Supervisor, Jane Kim was a community organizer at Chinatown Community Development Center, a civil rights attorney at Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, and served as President of the San Francisco Board of Education. She received a dual B.A. in Political Science and Asian American studies from Stanford University and her J.D. from the U.C. Berkeley School of Law.