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Mayor Mark Farrell Appoints Catherine Stefani to Board of Supervisors

San Francisco County Clerk to serve as District 2 Supervisor

Mayor Mark Farrell today appointed Catherine Stefani to serve on the Board of Supervisors representing District 2, which includes the Cow Hollow, Marina, Russian Hill and Pacific Heights communities, among other neighborhoods.

Stefani is filling the seat vacated by Mayor Farrell, who was voted by his colleagues to serve as Mayor following the death of Mayor Edwin M. Lee. Since 2016, Stefani has served as the County Clerk for the City and County of San Francisco. Prior to being appointed as the County Clerk, Stefani spent nine years as a Legislative Aide at the Board of Supervisors for District 2.

"For nearly a decade, Catherine has been working inside and outside of City Hall to make District 2 safer, stronger and healthier for everyone," said Mayor Farrell. "Her track record speaks for itself. She has worked tirelessly to improve public safety by removing guns from our streets, create a more family-friendly environment, and enhance the quality of life. I was born and raised in District 2, and I know Catherine is the right choice to protect, represent and support the neighborhoods of the District. I look forward to working closely with Catherine and her colleagues on the Board to address the most important issues facing District 2 and San Francisco."

Stefani began her career in local government in 1995, when she served as the Deputy District Attorney at the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office, where she argued 25 jury trials. She worked as a Policy Analyst for San Jose Vice Mayor Cindy Chavez and as a Legislative Aide for State Assemblyman Herb Wesson.

"I am deeply honored Mayor Farrell has placed his confidence in me to represent District 2, especially during a time of urgent public safety issues facing the district and the city as a whole," said Stefani. "I'm looking forward to bringing both my experience and passion to the Board of Supervisors to represent the residents of District 2."

“I have known Catherine professionally and personally for years, and I can attest that she has entered politics for all the right reasons,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “She is a strong advocate for safe, responsible gun laws and someone who is committed to improving the lives of local families. I am completely confident that she will be the leader that San Francisco’s District 2 residents deserve.”

Stefani is the spokesperson for the San Francisco Chapter of the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, an anti-gun organization. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Homeless Prenatal Program and has raised more than $50,000 to fight leukemia by competing in triathlons and road races. Stefani has lived in the Cow Hollow neighborhood for 17 years. She is married with two children.

Stefani will serve the remainder of the District 2 term, which runs through January 2019. There will be an election in November for the next four-year term for District 2 Supervisor.

"I have known Catherine for years from her service to District 2 as legislative aide and as a Cow Hollow neighbor," said Lori Brooke, President of the Cow Hollow Association. "Catherine cares about our neighborhoods, our residents, and our small businesses - I know she will start delivering real solutions for neighborhood issues from day one as Supervisor."

To view Mayor Farrell’s live remarks regarding the appointment of Stefani, visit his Twitter handle @MarkFarrellSF.