I am proud to have raised my kids in the
same neighborhood where I grew up. I am
dedicated to the Richmond, and believe
in its promise.
My life experience
has prepared me
to lead my community.
David Lee is a native San Franciscan and resident of the Richmond District for over 36 years. He is a parent of two children, a small business owner, and a social justice advocate.
One of San Francisco’s most recognized civil rights leaders, David has led the Chinese American Voters Education Committee as its Executive Director since 1993. Over the course of these last decades, David Lee has fought to empower minority voices and representation in city government. He has registered thousands of new voters from the Richmond, funded English as a second language classes for seniors, and protected undocumented families in need of various services.
A frequent media commentator on Asian Americans and local politics, David teaches political science at San Francisco State University.
As a community leader, David has held many civic roles and served in leadership as a Commissioner of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, Chairman of the United States Census Bureau CIC program, board member of SPUR, and board member of KQED among other organizations.
He has volunteered for numerous organizations including serving as Chair of the Richmond Community Police Advisory Board and the board of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance.
In recognition for his leadership, David has received numerous humanitarian awards including the San Francisco Foundation Leadership Award, the Wallace A. Gerbode Fellowship and the David Jenkins Civic Leadership Award.
In addition to his many years of community service, David is also a leader in California higher education and has been recognized for his work directing the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander program at Laney College.
David and his wife own a small Richmond District business and proudly raised their children in the same neighborhood David grew up in.
A graduate of Wallenberg High School, David credits his parents and teachers for instilling in him his love of public service. He received his undergraduate education from Hamilton College and his master’s and doctorate degrees from San Francisco State University.
David has been endorsed by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein*, former School Board Member Dr. Frank Chong, former BART Director James Fang, retired Judge Quentin Kopp, The Chinese American Democratic Club**, Singtao Daily**, and received a recommendation from the community group, Save Our Amazing Richmond (SOAR)**.
(** No. 3 endorsement/recommendation)