Hillary Ronen

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Hillary Ronen
Member of the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
from District 9
Assumed office
January 9, 2017
Preceded byDavid Campos
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
Residence(s)San Francisco, California
EducationUniversity of California, San Diego (BA)
University of California, Berkeley (JD)
WebsiteBoard of Supervisors
District 9 website

Hillary Ronen is an American politician and attorney serving as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors from District 9, which includes the neighborhoods of Mission District, Bernal Heights, and Portola.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Ronen's father immigrated to the United States from Israel in his twenties. Her mother was a school teacher.[2] She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego and her Juris Doctor from University of California, Berkeley.


After graduating from law school, she moved to the Mission District, where she joined La Raza Centro Legal.[3] She worked as an immigrant rights attorney.[4]

San Francisco Board of Supervisors[edit]

Ronen was a legislative aide and chief of staff to Supervisor David Campos. As an aide for Campos, she defended his proposals to prohibit the construction of market-rate housing in parts of San Francisco.[5] She succeeded him on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors after winning election in the November 2016 election.[4][2] Ronen was sworn in on January 9, 2017.[6] Her election created a female majority on the board for the first time in 20 years.[7]

During the 2018 San Francisco mayoral special election, Ronen voted with the majority to remove London Breed as interim mayor. Ronen explained her vote by stating her belief that Breed was being supported by "white, rich men" and "billionaires" such as Ron Conway who "have steered the policies for the past mayoral administrations . . . that have gotten us into the absolute mess that we are in today, where poor people and people of color cannot afford to live in the city."[8] Ronen's choice for interim mayor, Mark Farrell, was a white male venture capitalist whose firm Conway had invested in.[9] Breed was ultimately elected as mayor on June 5, 2018.

Positions on housing[edit]

In 2018, Ronen fought to prevent the construction of a 75-unit building on the site of a laundromat. She argued that an environmental review of the building did not consider the impact of a shadow on a nearby schoolyard, even though an environmental review conducted by officials at the San Francisco Planning Department showed that the new construction, including its shadow, would not have an adverse impact on children at the schoolyard.[10] In October of that same year, Ronen dropped her opposition, stating that the appeal process seeking to halt the project had been exhausted, thus allowing the project to proceed.[11]

In 2019, she co-sponsored a resolution opposing California Senate Bill 50 which would have mandated denser housing near public transit stations and jobs centers in order to reduce the housing shortage in California.[12]

In 2021, when San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sued a real estate developer for building 29 apartments in a building lot designated for 10 apartments, Ronen celebrated the decision and said that she had complained about the building for years.[13]

In October 2021, Ronen voted against the construction of a 495-unit apartment complex (one-quarter of which were designated as affordable housing) on a Nordstrom's valet parking lot next to a BART station. Her vote was unusual, as she was blocking construction of housing in the district of another supervisors. The norm on the board is generally to honor the wishes of the district supervisor, who in this case was Matt Haney, a supporter of the proposed construction.[14] After the vote, The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board wrote that the Board of Supervisors "have lost their minds on housing" and that San Francisco "needs a Board of Supervisors that won’t sabotage any and seemingly all earnest attempts to deal with this city’s housing crisis."[15] The California Department of Housing and Community Development began an investigation into whether the San Francisco Board of Supervisors acted improperly in its decision to block the housing project.[16] Ronen defended her vote, saying she was "pro-housing."[17]


Profanity directed towards other Board of Supervisors members[edit]

In April 2022, Ronen tweeted profane language towards San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney in response to Haney's defense of the independence of the San Francisco Redistricting Task Force: "Matt, are you really starting to believe your own bull shit or is this just more bull shit?"[18] Ronen's direct reply to Haney was the subject of extensive criticism and condemnation in the hundreds of direct replies and quote tweets that followed, which outnumbered the total number of likes and retweets of Ronen's post.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Ronen is married to attorney Francisco Ugarte. They live in the Bernal Heights neighborhood with their daughter.[20]


  1. ^ "District 9 | Board of Supervisors". sfbos.org.
  2. ^ a b "Candidates Discuss Family Backgrounds". Mission Local. September 2, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  3. ^ "Hillary's Story – Hillary Ronen for D9 Supervisor". Hillary Ronen for D9 Supervisor.
  4. ^ a b Joe Rivano Barros (November 30, 2016). "In First Post-Election Interview, Hillary Ronen Talks Trump and SF Mission". Mission Local. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  5. ^ "New San Francisco moratorium proposal targets large restaurants". www.bizjournals.com. 2015. Retrieved November 1, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ V. Alexandra de F. Szoenyi (January 29, 2017). "New District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen Talks Affordable Housing, Transit, More". Hoodline. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  7. ^ Heather Knight (January 6, 2017). "Women's rise to power in SF a glimmer of hope in politics". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  8. ^ Schnedier, Benjamin; Boone, Alastaire (January 25, 2018). "What Just Happened in San Francisco?". CityLab. Retrieved September 24, 2018.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ Matier & Ross (February 4, 2018). "Left bounced Breed for Conway ties. Turns out he invested in Farrell's firm". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  10. ^ "Developer threatens to sue as SF Supes delay Mission project – Mission Local". missionlocal.org. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  11. ^ "How the developer of SF's 'historic' laundromat quietly won – Mission Local". missionlocal.org. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  12. ^ "Resolution Opposing Wiener's SB 50 Housing Bill Heads to Full Board". SF Weekly. April 4, 2019. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  13. ^ Dineen, J. K. (July 17, 2021). "S.F. developer fined $1.2 million for cramming too many apartments into complex". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved July 17, 2021.
  14. ^ Dineen, J. K. (October 27, 2021). "Why did S.F. supervisors vote against a project to turn a parking lot into 500 housing units?". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 28, 2021.
  15. ^ Board, Chronicle Editorial (October 29, 2021). "Editorial: S.F. supervisors have lost their minds on housing. Here's what Mayor Breed can do about it". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  16. ^ Dineen, J. K. (October 28, 2021). "State investigating S.F.'s decision to reject turning parking lot into 500 housing units". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 29, 2021.
  17. ^ "SF supervisor's tweet linking rejected housing and GMOs draws ridicule". SFGATE. November 2, 2021. Retrieved November 3, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. ^ Kukura, Joe (April 11, 2022). "Redistricting Task Force Submits 'Draft Final Map' After High Drama, Twitter Fights, and Half the Task Force Walking Out". SFist. Retrieved April 12, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. ^ Hillary Ronen [@HillaryRonen] (April 8, 2022). "Matt, are you really starting to believe your own bull shit or is this just more bull shit?" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  20. ^ Heather Knight (October 24, 2016). "SF District 9 supervisor candidates pledge to listen to residents". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 12, 2017.

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