Carmen Chu

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Carmen Chu
Assesor-Recorder of San Francisco
Assumed office
February 27, 2013
Mayor Ed Lee
Preceded by Phil Ting
Member of the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
from District 4
In office
September 25, 2007 – February 27, 2013
Preceded by Ed Jew
Succeeded by Katy Tang
Personal details
Born (1978-04-08) April 8, 1978 (age 36)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Residence San Francisco, California
Alma mater Occidental College
UC Berkeley
Occupation Politician
Carmen Chu

Carmen Chu (Chinese: 朱嘉文; pinyin: Zhū Jiāwén, born April 8, 1978, in Los Angeles, California[1]) is the elected Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco. Up until February 27, 2013, she was a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing District 4. In 2000, she earned a bachelor's degree in public policy from Occidental College graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.[2] In 2003, Chu earned a master's degree in public policy from UC Berkeley as a distinguished recipient of a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) fellowship.[2] While in school, she worked in the Board of Supervisors' Office of the Legislative Analyst.[1]

Early life[edit]

Chu was born as the second of three daughters to Hung Wing and Shuet Ying Chu, who immigrated from Hong Kong in the 1970s with ancestry in Taishan.[3][4] The Chus first worked in restaurants and later invested in their own Chinese restaurant, and the daughters were cared for by their maternal grandmother, and later often worked at the restaurant after school and during weekends.

Political career[edit]

In 2004, Chu served as a budget analyst in the Mayor's Budget Office. More recently, she served as the deputy director in the Mayor's Budget Office and has overseen Healthy San Francisco, Mayor Gavin Newsom's health care program. On September 25, 2007, she was appointed to replace the embattled San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew, who was then suspended for alleged official misconduct.[5]

On January 11, 2008, her interim appointment expired upon Jew's resignation. The District 4 seat remained vacant for five and a half hours until Mayor Newsom appointed her to succeed Jew for the remainder of Jew's term.[6] Chu ran for election after Jew's term expired, and on November 4, 2008 she was elected by the voters as Supervisor of District 4 for the term January 2009 to January 2011. Chu was re-elected as Supervisor for a four-year term in November 2010.[7]

On February 6, 2013, Chu was appointed by Mayor Ed Lee to serve as Assessor-Recorder; the post was left vacant after Phil Ting was sworn into the California State Assembly.[8] In November 2013, Chu successfully ran for election becoming the only San Francisco elected female representative in a Citywide position.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b S.F. mayor's finance office aide named interim replacement for Ed Jew, San Francisco Chronicle, Retrieved September 26, 2007.
  2. ^ a b [1]
  3. ^ 朱嘉文雙親:女兒從小 班上第一名, World Journal (San Francisco), February 28, 2013
  4. ^ CorporationWiki, Chu's Garden Chinese Restaurant, Inc.
  5. ^ Ed Jew gets Suspended from office, Carmen Chu named as replacement, San Francisco Chronicle, Retrieved September 25, 2007.
  6. ^ SF Interim supervisor becomes permanent replacement for Ed Jew, San Francisco Chronicle, Retrieved January 11, 2008.
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ [3], San Francisco Examiner, Retrieved February 25, 2013.
  9. ^ [4]

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