Matt Haney

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Matt Haney
Matt Haney, official portrait, 2020 (from
Haney in 2020
Member of the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
from District 6
Assumed office
January 8, 2019
Preceded byJane Kim
Personal details
Born (1982-04-17) April 17, 1982 (age 39)
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceSan Francisco, California
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley (BA)
Stanford Graduate School of Education (MA)
Stanford Law School (JD)

Matthew Craig Haney (born April 17, 1982) is an American politician from San Francisco. He is a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing District 6 (Tenderloin, Civic Center, Mid-Market, SOMA, Yerba Buena, Rincon Hill, South Beach, Mission Bay, Treasure Island).[1]

Early life[edit]

Haney was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Bay Area Public Schools. He was raised by a single mother in a Jewish family. Haney’s grandfather was the Dean of the University of San Francisco School of Education and a close friend and confidant of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King.[2] Haney’s father, Craig Haney, is a social psychologist and a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz who was the principal researcher for The Stanford Prison Experiment.

Haney’s mother, Kris Calvin, is an author and was the CEO of the American Academy of Pediatrics.[3][4][better source needed]

Haney's sister Erin Haney is a former Public Defender and worked to free wrongly convicted prisoners with The Dream Corps and the #cut50 initiative.[5] She is also known for her work with Jessica Jackson and Kim Kardashian on the documentary film The Justice Project.[6] Haney’s half-sister is a professor of Sociology at New York University.


Haney attended public schools in Albany, California.[7] He earned a Bachelor of Arts in 2005 from the University of California, Berkeley before earning an LL.M in human rights from the National University of Ireland, where he was a Senator George Mitchell Scholar.[8] He later attending Stanford University, where he received a Master of Arts in 2010 from the Stanford Graduate School of Education and a JD in 2010 from Stanford Law School.[9]

Haney worked at both the Stanford Design School and at the JFK School of Law, and Sociology at Palo Alto University, where he taught education law.[1]

Haney taught Education Law at the JFK School of Law in addition to teaching Sociology at Palo Alto University and served as a Fellow and Adjunct Faculty at the Stanford Design School.[10] He was also the Executive Director of the UC Student Association, where he represented 200,000 students across the state.[11]

Early career[edit]

After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2005, Haney was a legislative aide for California State Senator Joe Simitian.[8]

He was the executive director of the UC Student Association.[8]

Non-profit work[edit]

Haney is the former National Policy Director for The Dream Corps where he led the organization’s broader policy strategy.[1] In 2015, he co-founded #cut50, an Oakland-based national nonprofit designed to end mass incarceration, with Van Jones and Jessica Jackson.[1][12] The #cut50 initiative was the lead proponent of the First Step Act, the most transformational criminal justice reform legislation in decades. Haney remains an active Tenant Protection Attorney and regularly works pro bono defending tenants facing eviction.[13]

San Francisco School Board[edit]

In April 2012, Haney announced his candidacy for the San Francisco Board of Education election for one of four open seats.[3] He was elected in the November 2012 San Francisco general election, placing fourth behind three incumbents. Haney replaced Norman Yee, who forgone re-election to run for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Upon his election, Haney was the youngest member of the commission and one of the only members of an urban school board in California under the age of 35.[8] Prior to his election, he served two years on San Francisco Unified School District’s Public Education Enrichment Fund Community Advisory Committee and Restorative Justice Committee.[7]

As President of the Board of Education, Haney led initiatives to build affordable housing for teachers and protect them from evictions, launch a new school in Mission Bay, secure housing and expand services for homeless students, and ensure all our kids have access to computer science and technology. He passed policies to better support undocumented students, students with incarcerated parents, and unaccompanied minors. He is also the author of the “Safe and Supportive Schools” policy to end unnecessary school suspensions and expulsions, and authored a policy to move past the broken student assignment system.[14]

President Barack Obama endorsed Haney during his re-election campaign in 2016. It was one of the 150 endorsements he made the weekend prior to the 2016 United States elections. Haney was previously a volunteer for Obama's 2008 presidential campaign but had not sought out the endorsement.[15]

San Francisco Supervisor[edit]

Haney was elected Supervisor for District 6 on November 6, 2018, receiving 14,249 first preference votes (56.24 percent of all valid votes).[16] After allocation of preferences from eliminated candidates in San Francisco's ranked-choice voting system, Haney received 63.12 percent of final-round votes, compared to 36.88 percent for runner-up Christine Johnson, a former planning commissioner.[17][18] Haney was sworn in at the Board of Supervisors' January 8, 2019 meeting, replacing Jane Kim, who was ineligible to run for re-election after two four-year terms.

Mental Health SF[edit]

In December 2019, Haney co-wrote legislation with Supervisor Hillary Ronen, co-sponsored by Mayor London Breed that overhauls San Francisco’s mental health system and guarantees mental health care to all San Franciscans who lack insurance or who are experiencing homelessness.[19] This plan, known as Mental Health SF, prioritizes people experiencing homelessness, includes a central access location for behavioral health services, and creates a new Office of Private Insurance Accountability to make sure that the insurance industry follows through with their obligations to provide mental healthcare.

Overpaid CEO Tax[edit]

In 2020, Haney authored the nation’s first ‘Overpaid CEO Tax’ (Proposition L). The tax charges companies in San Francisco a 0.1% surcharge on their annual business taxes if their top executives earn more than 100 times more than their ‘typical local worker’.[20] The measure is one of the first in the country to address growing income inequality between workers and CEOs in the United States. This Proposition was passed during the 2020 elections with resounding support as 65.18% of San Francisco voters approved.[21]

New Department of Sanitation[edit]

Haney introduced Proposition B, which amends San Francisco’s Charter to form the Department of Sanitation and Streets by splitting it from the San Francisco Department of Public Works, in 2020. It would also create the Sanitation and Streets Commission and a Public Works Commission to provide oversight to the departments. The Board of Supervisors placed it on the ballot with a 7 to 4 vote. Proposition B passed in the November 2020 elections with 200,251 voters or 60.87%.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Haney is considered a progressive.[3] In April 2013, he wrote an opinion piece with Van Jones arguing against Governor Jerry Brown's proposal to send prison inmates to private prisons.[23]


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  3. ^ a b c Thomas, Luke (April 13, 2012). "Matt Haney Declares Candidacy for School Board". Fog City Journal. Retrieved June 27, 2021.
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  7. ^ a b "Rookie San Francisco Board of Education member Matt Haney prepares to face daunting tasks". The San Francisco Examiner. December 18, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2021.
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  12. ^ Canon, Gabrielle (November 29, 2019). "Jessica Jackson, a single mom from California, took on the prison system — and changed her life". USA Today. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
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  15. ^ Barba, Michael (November 7, 2016). "President Obama endorses SF school board candidate". The San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved June 27, 2021.
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  18. ^ Thadani 2018.
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  22. ^ "Voters backing Prop. B, which creates a new sanitation department". The San Francisco Examiner. November 4, 2020. Retrieved June 27, 2021.
  23. ^ Jones, Van; Haney, Matt (August 28, 2013). "Gov. Brown's misguided private prison plan". SFGATE.


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