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Mayor London Breed Appoints Jenny Lam To San Francisco Board Of Education

Lam, a parent of two children in San Francisco’s public schools, brings mix of local and national public policy experience, non-profit education and advocacy work, and volunteerism in the school district

San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today appointed Jenny Lam to serve on the San Francisco Board of Education.  Lam will fill the vacancy left by Matt Haney, who resigned from his seat after being elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.


A second-generation Chinese American and Bay Area local, Lam has dedicated her career to public service and social change. She is a strong advocate and supporter of public education. She has served in a number of executive leadership positions with nonprofit organizations, including Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) in San Francisco.  She previously served as co-chair of two San Francisco Unified School District committees: the Public Education & Enrichment Fund Committee and the Quality Teacher and Education Act Committee.


Lam is currently the Education Advisor in the Office of Mayor Breed. As the Education Advisor, she administers and implement the policies of the Mayor and advances strong partnership between the public school system (early childhood, K-12 to secondary education) and the City. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, she served as a State Engagement Manager at EducationSuperHighway, a national nonprofit upgrading Internet access in every public school classroom so that every student has the opportunity to take advantage of the promise of digital learning.


“I am proud to appoint Jenny Lam to serve on the San Francisco Board of Education,” said Mayor Breed. “Jenny has fought for public school students and families at both the local and state levels and she has stood up for immigrant communities so that all are welcome in San Francisco and its schools. Both as a professional and a parent, she has demonstrated a commitment to improving our public schools and to promoting equity throughout our entire school district.”


“I'm honored and excited to serve on the San Francisco Board of Education,” said Lam. “As a parent and a community advocate, I've seen the challenges our public school system faces and the immense positive impact educational opportunity can have on the lives of our children and our families. I will continue to fight for our diverse students – by supporting English language learners, fostering supportive learning environments, closing the achievement gap and striving for excellence in every school and every classroom.”


Lam lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children, both attending San Francisco public schools.  She stays active by volunteering for local nonprofit organizations and her children’s schools.


The seat that Lam has been appointed to will be up for a special election in November 2019. The winner of that election will have to run again in November 2020, which is the normal election cycle for the four-year seat.