In 2011, Lee was elected the 43rd mayor of San Francisco, becoming the first elected mayor of Chinese descent. After being appointed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, he won his first full term later that year, and won re-election in 2015.Previously, he served as director of the city’s Human Rights Commission from 1991 to 1996, and then as city administrator from 2005 leading up to his election as mayor.
Mayor Lee will be remembered for his advocacy on immigrant rights and affordable housing. He was one of the first to declare a sanctuary city policy to protect immigrants, promising that “San Francisco is and always will be a sanctuary city.”He also worked to create more affordable homes in the city, most importantly following the housing crisis that resulted from the tech boom.
Mayor Lee was an exemplary public servant and a fierce advocate for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
APAICS President and CEO Floyd Mori says, “Ed Lee was a champion for AAPI civil rights and a great friend and supporter of APAICS. His legacy will continue to serve as an inspiration to the work of APAICS and beyond.”