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San Francisco CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 1

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Veronica Shinzato

Consultant / Business Owner
1,287 votes (3.62%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public Safety Ensure Safe Neighborhood - Build on the power of the SF City Attorney’s and District Attorney’s Offices to investigate and to prosecute bad actors. .
  • Promote Economic Opportunities and Job Growth - Invest in small business and build more infrastructure – to generate job growth and increase consumer spending.
  • Housing for all Income Levels - We have to make it easier not hard to build housing by streamlining the permitting process



Profession:Restaurant Business Owner, Tax Education Advocate
Bay Area Tax Service Manager, California Department of Tax and Fee (2017–current)
Northern California Outreach and Education Manager, Board of Equalization (2006–2017)
District Director - Senator Carole Migden, CA State Senate (2004–2006)


University of San Francisco Master of Public Administration, Emphasis in Finance (2008)


Veronica Shinzato is a small business owner, who has owned a family-operated restaurant for 25 years and a renter. Veronica is a single working mom to Massimo and Charlie and to her dogs, Nano and P-Nut. An immigrant from Peru of Okinawan descent, she was raised in the Inner Richmond. A proud graduate of San Francisco’s public schools in the Richmond District, Veronica holds a M.P.A. and a B.A. from the University of San Francisco. Veronica has two decades of local and state government experience, working tirelessly on behalf of working families and undeserved communities.

Veronica has dedicated her career, fighting on behalf of underserved communities: from her time as an aide to former Supervisor Jose Medina, the first Latino to be elected to the Board of Supervisors, to working for then-State Senator Carole Migden, a trailblazer for women and LGTBQ+ in politics, and advising her on the most vexing challenges facing Bay Area residents. Veronica spent five impactful years after that working at the CA State Board of Equalization and currently works at the Calfiornia Department of Tax and Fee

Some of Veronica’s proudest accomplishments include putting together a coalition that helped fund and build the Valencia Bike Lane in San Francisco and securing $2 million in state funding for the Calles Program, the Mission Playgrounds, the Nihonmachi Little Friends, and the Bayview Opera House. 

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (4)

  • Small Property Owners of San Francisco
  • Home Shares Democratic Club
  • Chinese American Democratic Club
  • SOAR

Elected Officials (1)

  • Carole Migden

Individuals (1)

  • Grand Master Tat Wong

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

During these difficult times, I beleive we need more human decency in government.  I find myself relating more to Dr. Seuss political philosophy  "the link between human rights and human governance". 

Veronica currently works at the California Department of Tax and Fee (CDTFA) – the Sales Tax collector. For the past nine years, Veronica led the implementation of classes and programs to assist small business owners and nonprofit organizations, where she was the the 2020 recipient of the CDTFA’s Superior Accomplishment Award for increasing California’s voluntary tax compliance and increasing by 200%, the tax education programs and classes for small businesses and non-profit organizations.


As we face an unprecedented crisis brought by COVID-19, as a small business owner, affected by shelter in place, Veronica understands what it would take to rebuild a more inclusive economy.

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