Breed Assembles New Staff

Her first appointment took place Monday.

Mayor-elect London Breed has begun assembling a staff to work alongside her in the Mayor’s Office. On Monday, she announced that Sean Elsbernd, a former San Francisco supervisor, will be her chief of staff. It’s the first appointment she’s made since being elected.

Elsbernd served as supervisor for District 7, covering Twin Peaks and Lake Merced (which is now Norman Yee’s district) between 2004 and 2013. In an “adieu” article in the Chronicle the year he was termed out, he was described as a “curmudgeon,” known for smacking his microphone in frustration during his meetings. Then-fellow supervisor David Chiu apparently once called him “a 66-year-old man in a 36-year-old body.”

Personality quirks aside, Elsbernd has a long history in public service. While supervisor, he won legislation that required the city to prioritize infrastructure needs, and fought for a fiscally responsible city every step of the way (sometimes, at the cost of progressive values). 

Elsbernd currently works in U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office, and will not make the move to the Mayor’s Office until after the November election. To help with the transition, Jason Elliott, who served as chief of staff to Mayor Ed Lee, and now to Mayor Mark Farrell, will stay in his post through August.

Breed herself takes office in July.

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