Western Addition resident stepping down from Redevelopment Agency

London Breed will step down from her role as a San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Commissioner after five years of service.

The mid-30s commissioner served with the agency during the final years that it spent governing the Western Addition area, where she resides.

The agency oversaw the redevelopment area, which includes Japantown and the Fillmore, for 30 years.

Many of the communities of color that thrived in the area in the 1960s lost their homes and jobs after the state agency took over control of the area from The City.

Much of the agency’s work in its final years of managing the area was spent attempting to rebuild shattered communities.

“Breed has been a strong advocate for the needs of the community and a staunch community activist, and has dedicated her life to empowering and improving her neighborhood,” says an agency statement that will be considered by Breed’s colleagues on Tuesday evening during her final commission meeting.

“Ms. Breed has been a staunch proponent of business and economic development for San Francisco’s minority and woman-owned business enterprises.”

Breed works as Executive Director of the African American Art & Culture Complex, a position to which she was appointed in 2002 by Mayor Willie Brown.

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