By: Kevin Slattery
United Way Bay Area is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of our friend Mayor Ed Lee on December 12, 2017.
As a dynamic supporter of civil rights and a champion of equality, Mayor Lee dedicated his life to public service. San Francisco has served more than 34,000 youth through the Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ initiative, added more than 140,000 jobs, and more than 17,000 homes during his tenure.
“United Way Bay Area has worked in close partnership with the Mayor over the last seven years, working tirelessly together to provide opportunity to San Francisco community members,” said Anne Wilson, UWBA CEO.
Mayor Lee fought to tackle greenhouse gas emissions and chronic homelessness and was involved in founding Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination, a coalition of city leaders that applies political and economic pressure to stop discriminatory laws from spreading in the United States. He believed deeply in building a thriving future for San Francisco.
“The Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ initiative brings together members of San Francisco’s civic, nonprofit, and corporate partners to provide thousands of marginalized youth an opportunity to explore career opportunities, internships, and jobs — a legacy Mayor Lee is credited with and an initiative we plan to help grow moving forward,” said Eric McDonnell, UWBA EVP and COO.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Mayor Ed Lee’s wife Anita, his two daughters, Brianna and Tania, and his extended City of San Francisco family.