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
ResidenceSan 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 the 9th district, 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 and lifelong member of a union.[2]

Ronen earned 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]

Ronen was a legislative aide and chief of staff to Supervisor David Campos. 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.[5] Her election created a female majority on the board for the first time in 20 years.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]

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."[9] Ronen's choice for interim mayor, Mark Farrell, was a white male venture capitalist whose firm Conway had invested in.[10] Breed was ultimately elected as mayor on June 5, 2018.

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.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Ronen is married to attorney Francisco Ugarte. They live in the Bernal Heights neighborhood with their daughter.[12]


  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. ^ V. Alexandra de F. Szoenyi (January 29, 2017). "New District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen Talks Affordable Housing, Transit, More". Hoodline. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Developer threatens to sue as SF Supes delay Mission project – Mission Local". missionlocal.org. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  8. ^ "How the developer of SF's 'historic' laundromat quietly won – Mission Local". missionlocal.org. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  9. ^ Schnedier, Benjamin; Boone, Alastaire (January 25, 2018). "What Just Happened in San Francisco?". CityLab. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ "Resolution Opposing Wiener's SB 50 Housing Bill Heads to Full Board". SF Weekly. April 4, 2019. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  12. ^ 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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