Red Carpet Bay Area warmly welcomes the 45th Mayor of San Francisco, London N. Breed! In case you missed it, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom swore her in on July 11, 2018. Mayor Breed became the first African American female elected Mayor in San Francisco history.
“I stand at this podium today because a community supported me and because our city services looked out for me,” said Mayor Breed. “I stand here in the hope that together we will build a San Francisco where the next generation of girls can go from public housing to the Mayor’s office. This is the City of Saint Francis. We support one another; we defend one another.”
The inauguration event included an invocation by Rabbi Beth Singer of Congregation Emanu-El and the Reverend Amos C. Brown of Third Baptist Church, and musical performances from the SFJazz High School All-Stars, the San Francisco Men’s Gay Chorus and the Glide Ensemble & Change Band. The C-Notes performed the National Anthem and San Francisco Giants’ Announcer Renel Brooks-Moon acted as the mistress of ceremonies.
Scenes from the Mayor London Breed Inauguration Event at City Hall:
Photos by Jessica Monroy, Katie Ravas, Devlin Shand for Drew Altizer Photography
A native of San Francisco, London Breed was raised by her grandmother in the Plaza East Public Housing development in the Western Addition neighborhood. She graduated from Galileo High School in San Francisco and earned a bachelor of arts degree from University of California, Davis, before receiving a master’s degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco.
London Breed was first elected to San Francisco Board of Supervisors in November 2012. She became president of the Board of Supervisors in 2014, a role she held until Mayor Edwin Lee passed away suddenly in December 2016. After Lee’s death, she served as acting mayor, which made her the city’s first black female chief executive. However, the post was shortlived. Just a few weeks later, the majority of the Board of Supervisors voted to remove Breed from the temporary position. They said because she was running for the permanent mayoral job, that she held too much of an advantage in the role.