Matt Dorsey

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Matt Dorsey
Member of the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
from District 6
Assumed office
May 9, 2022
Preceded byMatt Haney
Personal details
Born1964 or 1965 (age 59–60)
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materEmerson College[1]
WebsitePersonal Website
San Francisco District 6

Matt Dorsey (born 1964 or 1965)[2] is an American politician and communications professional. Dorsey has served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing District 6 since his appointment by Mayor London Breed on May 9, 2022. He was elected to a full term in the 2022 San Francisco Board of Supervisors election. He previously served as the Head of Communications for the San Francisco Police Department.


Dorsey worked strategic communications for San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera for 14 years.[3]

Dorsey worked for the San Francisco Police Department from 2020–2022, where he served as Head of Strategic Communications.[3][4] He defended the police department for its decision to withdraw from a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the District Attorney's Office, which assigned the office as lead investigator in police use-of-force incidents.[5]

San Francisco Board of Supervisors[edit]

Dorsey was appointed to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on May 9, 2022, by Mayor London Breed to replace outgoing District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney for the rest of his term. Unlike his predecessor, Dorsey will not represent Tenderloin, San Francisco, which was moved to District 5 after redistricting in 2022.[3][4] District 6 has 76,000 San Francisco residents and consists of South of Market, Rincon Hill, South Beach, Mission Bay, Mid-Market, The Hub (near Market and Octavia) and Showplace Square (Southwestern SoMa).[6]

Dorsey ran for election in November 2022. He defeated Honey Mahogany, a former aide to Matt Haney. Dorsey was supported by GrowSF, among many other moderate Democratic organizations.[7]

Dorsey and London Breed decided to not march in San Francisco Pride 2022 after the organizers banned police officers from marching in uniform.[8] After Pride reached a compromise with the police, Dorsey and Breed agreed to march.[9]

Dorsey faced criticism for his support for a documentary on San Francisco's police department, which he began promoting during his time working for the police department and supported as a supervisor. Critics view the documentary as a waste of limited police resources.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Dorsey is gay.[3] He is HIV-positive[3] and is in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.[11]


  1. ^ "". Retrieved 2022-05-26.
  2. ^ Knight, Heather (March 2, 2024). "'I'm Matt.' For Some Politicians, Addiction Battles Drive Policymaking". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 2, 2024. Retrieved March 18, 2024.
  3. ^ a b c d e Gaus, Annie (2022-05-09). "Mayor Breed Taps Matt Dorsey, a Police Spokesperson and Longtime Civil Servant, to Lead District 6". The San Francisco Standard. Retrieved 2022-05-26.
  4. ^ a b Bollag, Sophia (2022-05-09). "Who is Matt Dorsey? What we know about Mayor Breed's new appointee to the S.F. Board of Supervisors". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2022-05-26.
  5. ^ Balakrishnan, Eleni (2022-02-03). "DA responds: 'not one iota of evidence' of misconduct". Mission Local. Retrieved 2022-12-21.
  6. ^ Saracevic, Al. "Breed taps Dorsey to replace Haney on Board of Supervisors". San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved 2022-05-27.
  7. ^ Morris, J.D. (2022-11-14). "Breed appointee Matt Dorsey wins S.F.'s District Six supervisor race". SF Chronicle. Retrieved 2022-12-21.
  8. ^ Swan, Rachel (2022-05-23). "S.F. Mayor London Breed won't march in Pride over parade organizer's decision to ban uniformed police officers". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2022-05-26.
  9. ^ Burkett, Eric; Laird, Cynthia (June 2, 2022). "After SF Pride, police reach compromise, Mayor Breed, gay supe Dorsey to march in parade". Bay Area Reporter. Retrieved June 8, 2022.
  10. ^ Zhou, Yujie (2022-12-03). "Supe Matt Dorsey pushing for SFPD doc: 'The Real Streets of San Francisco'". Mission Local. Retrieved 2022-12-21.
  11. ^ Eskenazi, Joe (2022-05-09). "Mayor to tap Matt Dorsey for D6 supervisor, triggering high-stakes political brawl". Mission Local. Retrieved 2022-05-27.