Bevan Dufty

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Bevan Dufty
Dufty in 2010
Member of the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
from District 8
In office
Preceded by Mark Leno
Succeeded by Scott Wiener
Personal details
Born (1955-02-27) February 27, 1955 (age 63)
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Children 1
Parents William Dufty
Maely Bartholomew
Residence San Francisco, California
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
Occupation Politician
Profession Government of San Francisco
Website Supervisor Bevan Dufty

Bevan Dufty (born February 27, 1955) is an American politician and Director of HOPE (Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement) for the City and County of San Francisco. In 2012, Dufty was elected to serve as a Member of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee. Previously, he was a Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and was elected in 2002 to represent the City's 8th District, succeeding Mark Leno. Dufty was re-elected as Supervisor in 2006 and was termed out in 2011.

Early life[edit]

Dufty is the son of writer William Dufty and Maely Bartholomew, who had lost most of her family in the Holocaust. Dufty was raised in Harlem, New York City where his mother befriended jazz musician Billie Holiday, who would later become his godmother. His voice can be heard on a recording made in the Dufty household where Holiday makes jokes about his red underpants.[2]

After moving from Harlem to California at age 16, Dufty finished high school at Menlo-Atherton High School, south of San Francisco. Dufty graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a student body co-president and earned a degree in Political Science.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Dufty served as Senior Legislative Assistant for Education in the office of New York Rep. Shirley Chisholm. Later, he served as Chief Legislative Aide to Rep. Julian Dixon, a post in which he helped craft legislation that created the Los Angeles Metro Rail system. In San Francisco, he worked for former Supervisor Susan Leal, served as a Senior Advisor for Mayor Willie Brown and as Director of Neighborhood Services.

A Democrat, Dufty was elected a supervisor from the city's eighth district in 2002 before being re-elected in 2006. He served as Chair of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, Chair of the City Operations & Neighborhood Services Committee as well as a Representative on the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board.

Personal life[edit]

Dufty is openly gay. His election campaigns have often won the backing of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.

In 2006, Dufty and lesbian friend Rebecca Goldfader (an Ob/Gyn nurse practitioner and Pilates instructor) had a daughter, Sidney.[3][dead link]


  1. ^ Eskenazi, Joe (September 2009). "San Franisco [sic] Board Of Supervisors Planned To Take Jewish Holiday Off When Even Rabbis Are Working". San Francisco Sentinel. SF Weekly. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Slutsky, Irina (6 November 2009). "In The Cut: Supervisor Bevan Dufty". SF Appeal. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Szymanski, Zak (6 April 2006). "Dufty enters new arena – parenthood". The Bay Area Reporter. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Leno
Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
District 8

Succeeded by
Scott Wiener