Mayor London Breed on Friday will appoint Ivy Lee, a former legislative aide to Supervisor Jane Kim, to serve on the board overseeing City College of San Francisco.
Lee, 46, who was Kim’s legislative aide for the past five years, will fill the seat on the City College Board of Trustees vacated by Rafael Mandelman, who was sworn in as a member of the Board of Supervisors on July 11. She would need to run for election in November 2019 to continue to serve past the end of Mandelman’s term.
“We share a commitment to the continued success of City College and an equitable education system,” Breed said in a statement. “I know Ivy will continue to help improve City College for years to come.”
Lee said she was surprised when Breed’s staff first approached her about the possibility, but Lee did help Kim on the free City College initiative, providing free tuition to residents.
“Everyone has worked so hard to stabilize City College,” Lee said. “I want to support that work and continue that work.”
“She’s coming into this office with a boatload of experience,” said Supervisor Jane Kim.
As the “principal architect of free City College in my office,” Lee has “developed really deep relationships” with students, the teachers’ union and the faculty, Kim said.
Mandelman was also supportive of the appointment. “She is going to be a strong champion for City College,” Mandelman said, adding that “I think it is really important to have an API [Asian and Pacific Islander] community representative on the board.”
He also said the pick indicates Breed is committed to fostering political unity, which she has called for in recent speeches. The progressive Kim ran against the moderate Breed in the June 5 mayoral race.
“I think it shows a willingness to reach across the aisle that is admirable and to be commended,” Mandelman said.
Kim agreed. She said it “speaks volumes” Breed was willing to “pick the best” person for the post “over other factors.”
Among the tasks ahead for Lee is boosting enrollment, Mandelman said. “There are some ongoing structural issues around offering classes that meet community student needs and offering more classes in the evenings and on weekends,” he said.