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San Francisco CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 7

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Myrna Melgar

Urban Planner
7,852 votes (20.13%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Housing, particularly affordable housing for low and middle income families, seniors, and homeless
  • Small business support and assitance
  • Services to Westside residents, particularly seniors and families with children

Experience

Experience

Profession:Urban Planner
Executive Director, Jamestown Community Center (2014–2020)
Council Member, Bilingual Community Council, SF Unified School District — Appointed position (2015–2016)
Deputy Director, Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (2011–2014)
Legislative Aide, District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar, City and County of San Francisco (2010–2011)
Director of Homeownership Programs, Mayor's Office of Housing, Mayor Gavin Newsom, City and County of San Francisco (2004–2010)

Education

Columbia University in the City of New York MSUP, Urban Planning (2002)

Biography

Myrna Melgar is an urban planner, economic development and housing policy expert, and dedicated public servant running for Supervisor in District 7.  Myrna has worked to expand access to homeownership opportunities for San Franciscans, improve rent control protections for tenants, provide technical assistance and access to capital for small businesses, support the rights of workers and expand education opportunities for disadvantaged San Francisco youth and families. 

Myrna and her husband Sean Donahue have made their family home in Ingleside Terraces for the past decade. Sean is a public interest lawyer focused on climate change and Clean Air Act litigation.  Myrna and Sean’s youngest daughter attends Commodore Sloat Elementary School, sings with the SF Girls Chorus, and is a member of the scout troop 88 based at the Forest Hill clubhouse. Their two older daughters attended Lick-Wilmerding High School and Lowell and Mission High Schools before attending UC Santa Barbara. Myrna has dedicated herself to public service, working in and out of government for the past thirty years to improve the lives of San Franciscans:  

  • As Director of Homeownership Programs for then Mayor Gavin Newsom, Myrna created and managed innovative housing programs that expanded homeownership opportunities for low-income and middle class San Franciscans, including teachers, nurses and firefighters.
  • As Executive Director of the Jamestown Community Center, Myrna managed critical afterschool programming for San Francisco kids, to support them academically and socially, encourage their success and keep them safe.
  • As Deputy Director for the Mission Economic Development Agency, Myrna helped create jobs and revitalize neighborhoods by providing technical and financial assistance to hundreds of local small businesses.
  • As President of the San Francisco Planning Commission, Myrna created and protected much-needed housing for San Franciscans at all income levels, while preserving our neighborhood character.

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • San Francisco Democratic Party #1
  • SF Mayor London Breed
  • San Francisco Women's Political Committee

Organizations (2)

  • Sing Tao Daily
  • Bay Area Reporter

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am a proud Democrat who believes our government should be responsive, transparent, and accessible.  I believe in civil rights and human rights for all regardless of gender, gender orientation, sex, or race.  I believe in sustainable, responsible stewardship of the earth and will work to reverse climate change.

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