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Mayor London Breed Nominates Sue Diamond to San Francisco Planning Commission

Diamond will bring years of experience working on complex land use and real estate law to Planning Commission

San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today nominated Sue Diamond to serve on the San Francisco Planning Commission. If her nomination is approved by the Board of Supervisors, Diamond will fill the vacancy left by Richard Hillis, who resigned from his position on the Commission in September.

Diamond is an attorney with experience in land use and real estate law. She has her own law firm that works primarily with nonprofit organizations on issues at the nexus of real estate and their mission. Her clients have included Jewish Home of San Francisco, Family House, Camp Ramah of Northern California, Blood Centers of the Pacific, Temple Emanu-El, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, and Brandeis School of San Francisco.

Before starting her own practice, she was a partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP and at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, where she managed the permitting process for some of the largest and most complex real estate projects in San Francisco and the Bay Area. She has served as Board Member for numerous organizations in San Francisco, including Mercy Housing California, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, and the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco. In addition, Diamond taught Land Use Law at Stanford Law School for many years.

“I am proud to appoint Sue Diamond to serve on the Planning Commission,” said Mayor Breed. “Sue has a wide range of experience in land use and real estate matters, and will bring her 30-plus years as an attorney and strategic advisor to the Commission. I’m confident that Sue will be a great asset to San Francisco as we continue to tackle complex planning decisions to make sure our City is livable and resilient for generations to come.”

“I am honored to have been nominated to the Planning Commission by Mayor Breed and am deeply committed to ensuring the vitality of San Francisco as a vibrant place for people of all ages to live, work and visit,” said Sue Diamond. “I look forward to working with the Commission to carry out the Mayor’s vision of building more housing in all neighborhoods.”

Diamond has a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.S. from Stanford University. She lives in San Francisco.

The San Francisco Planning Commission consists of seven commissioners appointed by the Mayor and the President of the Board of Supervisors, and Commissioners serve four-year terms. Mayor Breed’s appointment of Diamond is subject to confirmation by the Board of Supervisors.

The Commission oversees the Planning Department, which plays a central role in guiding the growth and development of the City. The Department works with other City agencies and the community to help balance the needs of residents, businesses, and civic leaders to protect the environment and historical resources, create inspiring and livable urban spaces, cultivate neighborhood resilience, and enforce good land use practices. The Commission is also responsible for the stewardship and maintenance of San Francisco’s General Plan.