Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approves Larry Yee for San Francisco Police Commission
Nominated by Mayor London Breed, Yee will bring strong community ties and experience with labor organizations to the Police Commission
San Francisco, CA — The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to confirm Larry Yee to serve on the San Francisco Police Commission. In January, Mayor London N. Breed nominated Yee to serve on the Commission, the seven-member body charged with setting policy for the Police Department and conducting disciplinary hearings when police conduct charges are filed. Yee, who is Chinese-American, is a long-time Chinatown community advocate with decades of experience serving on the boards of multiple community and labor organizations.
“I am proud to have nominated Larry Yee to the San Francisco Police Commission. I am confident that he will work to make sure the community is involved and engaged in public safely decisions, and that their concerns are respected and addressed,” said Mayor Breed. “As we work to continue our public safety reforms and protect the wellbeing of everyone in San Francisco, it’s critical that all of our diverse communities, including our Chinese community, are represented and have a voice at the table in our City government and policy making at the Commission.”
“I look forward to serving on the Police Commission and making San Francisco a better place to work, live and raise a family for all,” said Larry Yee. “With my experience working with the community and labor groups, I hope to bring people together and help bridge the divide that sometimes occurs between government and residents. I’ve lived and worked in San Francisco my whole life, and it is an honor to have the opportunity serve my fellow San Franciscans on the Police Commission.”
For almost two and a half decades, Larry Yee has devoted himself to serving San Francisco, particularly the Chinatown community in which he grew up. He is the incoming President of Hop Wo Benevolent Association, one of the associations of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, also known as the Six Companies. In 1996, he joined the Yee Shew Yan Benevolent Association and since then has served on the boards of multiple community organizations, including the Yee Fung Toy Family Association.
In addition to dedicating his time to multiple community organizations, Yee has experience working with labor organizations as a union officer. For the past twelve years, he has served as the Secretary and Treasurer of Communication Workers of America (CWA) Local 9410. Larry has been a part of numerous rallies and strikes fighting for racial, social, and economic justice. He is also a delegate to San Francisco Labor Council and previously served as the Vice President of the Asian Pacific Labor Alliance.
Yee was born and raised in San Francisco. He grew up living in Chinatown’s Ping Yuen Housing Development and attended public school, graduating from Galileo High School. In 1978, Larry started working at AT&T and earned his bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University in Accounting in 1980. Larry spent the next 40 years in telecommunications before retiring in 2018. He and his wife raised three children in the city and sent them all to local public schools.
In June 2020, Mayor Breed announced a roadmap to fundamentally change the nature of policing in San Francisco and issued a set of policies to address structural inequities. She proposed four priorities to achieve this vision: ending the use of police in response to non-criminal activity; addressing police bias and strengthening accountability; demilitarizing the police; and promoting economic justice. These policies build on the City’s ongoing work to meet the standards contained in President Obama’s 2015 Task Force on 21st Century Policing. As a Commissioner, Yee will oversee the development and implementation of these critical reforms.