Malia Cohen

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Malia Cohen
President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Assumed office
June 26, 2018
MayorMark Farrell
Preceded byLondon Breed
Member of the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
from District 10
Assumed office
January 8, 2011
Preceded bySophie Maxwell
Personal details
Born1977 (age 40–41)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceSan Francisco, California
Alma materFisk University (BA)
Carnegie Mellon University (MA)
WebsiteBoard of Supervisors
District 10 website

Malia Cohen (born 1977) is an American elected official in San Francisco, California. She serves as president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and represents Supervisorial District 10.

District 10 includes Potrero Hill, Central Waterfront, Dogpatch, Bayview-Hunters Point, Bayview Heights, India Basin, Silver Terrace, Candlestick Point, Visitacion Valley, Little Hollywood, Sunnydale, and McLaren Park.

Cohen is a candidate in the 2018 election for a seat on the California State Board of Equalization.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in the Richmond District and a graduate of Lowell High School, she resides in the Potrero Hill neighborhood.[2] Cohen received her B.A. in Political Science from Fisk University and later an M.S. in Public Policy & Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors[edit]

In the 2010 election, she initially finished third out of a field of 22, but eventually won the election based on ranked choice voting.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

In 2014, Cohen was re-elected for a second term to represent District 10 after being challenged by Marlene Tran and Tony Kelly.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

Cohen succeeded London Breed as president of the Board of Supervisors on June 26, 2018, following Breed's election as mayor of San Francisco.[9]

Personal life[edit]

She married Warren Pulley, a workers' compensation attorney, in 2016.[10]


  1. ^ Swan, Rachel (May 9, 2017). "Cohen loses a competitor in race for state tax board". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  2. ^ Gordon, Rachel (December 28, 2010). "Malia Cohen among new San Francisco supervisors". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  3. ^ "District 10 – Ranked-choice voting". San Francisco Department of Elections. November 24, 2010. Retrieved December 24, 2010.
  4. ^ Ghaffary, Shirin (October 29, 2013) "S.F. supervisors pass tough limit on gun magazines." San Francisco Chronicle. (Retrieved 10-31-2013.)
  5. ^ Lagos, Marisa. "San Francisco supervisors pass 'ban the box' legislation". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Cohen, other incumbents take commanding leads in S.F. supervisors race". SFGate. Retrieved 2016-04-07.
  7. ^ "Bill O'Reilly Slams San Francisco Official, Calls Her a Disgrace". NBC Bay Area. Retrieved 2016-04-07.
  8. ^ Sabatini, Joshua (February 15, 2016). "Former City workers who turn judges could see pension bump". San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "What really happened in Greg Suhr's meeting with Ed Lee". San Francisco Chronicle. 2016-05-23. Retrieved 2016-05-23.

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

Preceded by
London Breed
President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors