A proud San Franciscan, David Chiu represents District 3 on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He is running for re-election on the November 2012 ballot.
In November 2008, David was elected Supervisor for District 3 – home to many diverse and vibrant neighborhoods, including North Beach, Chinatown, Telegraph Hill, Russian Hill, Polk Street, Nob Hill, Union Square, the Financial District, the Barbary Coast and Fisherman's Wharf.
In January 2009, David’s colleagues chose him to lead the San Francisco Board of Supervisors as its President. He was re-elected as Board President two years later.
Before joining the Board, David was a founder and Chief Operating Officer of Grassroots Enterprise, a public affairs technology company. Prior to Grassroots, he worked as a criminal prosecutor at the San Francisco District Attorney's Office and as a civil rights attorney at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. In the mid-1990s, David served as Democratic Counsel to the U.S. Senate Constitution Subcommittee, and as U.S. Senator Paul Simon's aide to the U.S. Senate Budget Committee in Washington.
David has also been a hands-on community leader in San Francisco. He previously served as a Small Business Commissioner, chair of the Lower Polk Neighbors, board president of the Youth Leadership Institute, board chair of the Chinatown Community Development Center, judge-arbitrator for the Polk Street Community Court, and president of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area.
David has been elected twice to the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee and chaired California's 13th Assembly District Democratic Committee. He has lived in the Russian Hill and Polk Street neighborhoods for the past 16 years.
Raised in Boston, Massachusetts, David is the eldest of three children of immigrant parents. Because of their hard work and sacrifice, David was able to attend and earn his undergraduate degree, law degree, and master's degree in public policy from Harvard University. In his very spare time, David enjoys biking, surfing, snowboarding and playing the electric violin.
David with his parents in Chinatown