Malia Cohen

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Malia Cohen
Member of the
California Board of Equalization
from the 2nd district
Assumed office
January 7, 2019
Preceded byFiona Ma
President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
In office
June 26, 2018 – January 7, 2019
Preceded byLondon Breed
Succeeded byNorman Yee
Member of the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
from the 10th district
In office
January 8, 2011 – January 7, 2019
Preceded bySophie Maxwell
Succeeded byShamann Walton
Personal details
Born (1977-12-16) December 16, 1977 (age 44)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationFisk University (BA)
Carnegie Mellon University (MA)

Malia Cohen (born December 16,[1] 1977) is an American politician serving as a member of the California State Board of Equalization from the 2nd district, which covers 23 counties in California and a population of approximately 9.5 million people.[2] Cohen previously served as President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing District 10.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in the Richmond District and a graduate of Lowell High School, she resides in the Potrero Hill neighborhood.[3] Cohen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Fisk University and a Master of Science in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University.


In the 2010 election, she initially finished third out of a field of 22, but eventually won the election based on ranked choice voting.[4]

In October 2013, Cohen introduced legislation that expanded an existing San Francisco law making it illegal to sell firearms with magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. The gun-control legislation passed unanimously.[5]

In 2013, Cohen and Jane Kim authored the Fair Chance ordinance, a "ban the box" legislation barring employers and landlords from asking applicants to state their criminal history on applications, which passed the Board of Supervisors unanimously.[6]

In 2014, Cohen was re-elected for a second term to represent District 10 after being challenged by Marlene Tran and Tony Kelly.[7]

In 2015, Cohen publicly defended San Francisco's sanctuary city Laws, which drew the attention of Fox News Host Bill O'Reilly. After the shooting death of Kathryn Steinle by an undocumented immigrant, O'Reilly had been critical of San Francisco and its elected officials. O'Reilly said that Cohen should be placed under arrest for her comments defending San Francisco's Sanctuary City Policy.[8]

In 2016, Cohen introduced legislation, in reaction to lobbying by sitting judges, that could result in pension boosts for some of those judges or for other individuals who become judges after working for the city government. The San Francisco Examiner reported that according to analysis by the San Francisco Employees Retirement System (SFERS), the proposal would increase the pensions of four current judges, with an average expected additional lifetime benefit of $147,000 per judge affected. The SFERS report did not name those judges, and SFERS spokesman Norm Nickens said the agency does not release the names of active members.[9]

Cohen succeeded London Breed as president of the Board of Supervisors on June 26, 2018, following Breed's election as mayor of San Francisco.[10]

Personal life[edit]

She married workers' compensation attorney Warren Pulley in May 2016.[11]


  1. ^ "Malia M Cohen, Born 12/16/1977 in California |". Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  2. ^ "2nd District". California Board of Equalization. State of California. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  3. ^ Gordon, Rachel (December 28, 2010). "Malia Cohen among new San Francisco supervisors". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  4. ^ "District 10 – Ranked-choice voting". San Francisco Department of Elections. November 24, 2010. Retrieved December 24, 2010.
  5. ^ Ghaffary, Shirin (October 29, 2013) "S.F. supervisors pass tough limit on gun magazines." San Francisco Chronicle. (Retrieved October 31, 2013.)
  6. ^ Lagos, Marisa. "San Francisco supervisors pass 'ban the box' legislation". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 18, 2014.
  7. ^ "Cohen, other incumbents take commanding leads in S.F. supervisors race". SFGate. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  8. ^ "Bill O'Reilly Slams San Francisco Official, Calls Her a Disgrace". NBC Bay Area. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  9. ^ Sabatini, Joshua (February 15, 2016). "Former City workers who turn judges could see pension bump". San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  10. ^ Fracassa, Dominic (June 26, 2018). "SF supervisors elect Malia Cohen their president as Breed set to become mayor". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  11. ^ "What really happened in Greg Suhr's meeting with Ed Lee". San Francisco Chronicle. May 23, 2016. Retrieved May 23, 2016.

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Political offices
Preceded by Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
from the 10th district

Preceded by President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors