Anne Kronenberg speaks at Harvey Milk Streetcar Dedication
|Residence||San Francisco, California|
|Occupation||Public service, US LGBT advocate|
|Employer||City of San Francisco|
|Known for||Harvey Milk, San Francisco Dept. of Emergency Management, Milk|
Anne Kronenberg is an American political administrator and LGBT rights activist. She is best known for being Harvey Milk's campaign manager during his historic San Francisco Board of Supervisors campaign in 1977 and his aide as he held that office until the assassinations of Milk and mayor George Moscone. As an openly lesbian political activist, Kronenberg was noted for her instrumental role in the gay rights movement, both for Milk's campaign and in her own right, though she has since married a man.
Kronenberg appeared in the 1984 documentary film The Times of Harvey Milk[unreliable source?] and her role in Milk's life was portrayed in the Academy Award-winning 2008 film Milk. Kronenberg was one of the grand marshals of the 2009 New York City LGBT Pride parade, joining the film's writer Dustin Lance Black and AIDS activist Cleve Jones who also worked with Milk.
Kronenberg is currently the executive director of the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management, and she is known globally through her public appearances in her role as co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation.
Response to Milk's assassination
Kronenberg was on a plane flying to Seattle when Milk was assassinated on November 27, 1978. At the airport, her family told her Milk had been shot, and she immediately got on the next plane back to San Francisco. She said later that they did not know at the time that the murderer was Dan White, and had feared that a gunman was simply targeting gays. "It was a scary, very sad, horrible day," she said. Kronenberg participated in the candlelight vigil honoring Milk and was the keynote speaker at his memorial service at an opera house.
Work after Milk's campaign
Kronenberg began chairing the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ Single Room Occupancy Task Force at its inception in 1998, a role she continues to this day. She worked with the administration and planning of the San Francisco Department of Public Health for nearly 15 years, being elevated to the position of deputy director. Kronenberg has also worked at the local, state, and federal levels for such politicians as Senator Ted Kennedy and Assemblyman John Vasconcellos.
Current work and life
Kronenberg was Deputy Director for Administration and Planning of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. She is now Executive Director of the SF Department of Emergency Management. In her current role, she manages department-wide planning initiatives for San Francisco disaster preparedness.
While Kronenberg identified as a lesbian in the 1970s, she has since fallen in love with a man she met in Washington, D.C. in the 1980s, whom she later married. She currently lives in California with her husband, stepson, daughter and son.
Kronenberg co-founded the international (NGO) non governmental non-profit Harvey Milk Foundation with Harvey's nephew, a global human rights advocate, Stuart Milk and currently serves as co-chair of the annual Harvey Milk Day celebration coordinated by the Foundation.
Portrayal in Milk
Kronenberg was portrayed in Milk by Canadian actress Alison Pill. Pill played the role of Kronenberg as she was during the campaign; leather-wearing, bike-riding, and helping to ease some of the social and political barriers between gay men and lesbians.
Kronenberg's response to the film was very positive. At the premiere of Milk, she said in an interview:
"...Milk highlights the struggles of the lesbian and gay movement and the inner workings of the man who changed the entire nature of the movement. Harvey is loving this — I have felt his presence through the entire production of Milk. I could almost see him walking down the red carpet at the premiere, bowing, throwing kisses, and generally entertaining the masses. Harvey's life was theatre and Tuesday's premiere was the ultimate stage."
Kronenberg served as an adviser for the film and made a cameo appearance as a stenographer.
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