Supervisor Mark Farrell represents District 2 in San Francisco, which includes the Presidio, Marina, Cow Hollow, Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights, Anza Vista, Laurel Heights, Jordan Park, the Lake Street corridor, Sea Cliff and parts of Russian Hill.
First elected in November 2010, and subsequently reelected for his second term in November of 2014, Supervisor Farrell currently serves as Chair of the Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Finance Committee, as a founding member of the 2016-17 Super Bowl Bid Committee, and also serves on eight other local and state Boards and Committees.
Supervisor Farrell’s legislative priorities include advancing policies and projects that address housing affordability and the cost of living, homelessness, boost local economic development, ensure neighborhood vitality, and enhance public safety and quality of life issues that affect all San Franciscans.
Since his election, Supervisor Farrell ushered through a unanimously supported two-year City budget that reflects San Francisco values and priorities, reformed the way San Francisco pays for retiree health care benefits - solving a $4.4 billion unfunded liability, and passed small business tax credit legislation so our City’s small businesses can hire more employees and create more local jobs. In addition, Supervisor Farrell created a public-private partnership between the San Francisco non-profit Kiva.org and San Francisco’s Office of Small Business to provide small businesses citywide greater access to capital at 0% interest, and became the first elected official in California to personally endorse Kiva borrowers on the platform.
To address homelessness in San Francisco, Supervisor Farrell led the effort to double San Francisco’s Homeless Outreach Team, authored and passed Laura’s Law, which is a state law that allows for community-based compelled mental health treatment for the severely mentally ill, and has hosted numerous hearings on services and solutions to reduce and end homelessness in San Francisco.
To help keep families in San Francisco, Supervisor Farrell created the Schoolyards Project which opens public schoolyards on the weekends to create more open space and foster a greater sense of community and annually sponsors the Marina Family Festival in District 2. Supervisor Farrell has also called hearings on family flight to find and discuss the root causes which are causing families to leave San Francisco, and has worked on policies and projects to help reverse family flight.
To help integrate the benefits of technology into resident’s everyday lives, Supervisor Farrell led a broad coalition to create “Free Wi-fi” in our city parks, plazas and open spaces and is working to expand online access to all communities across our city. Supervisor Farrell also authored and passed the City’s landmark open data legislation that continued San Francisco’s national leadership in the open data movement and will promote further local economic development and government efficiency.
Supervisor Farrell was born and raised in San Francisco, where he attended both Stuart Hall and Saint Ignatius. He received his B.A. from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, his M.A. from University College Dublin in Ireland, and J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia. Supervisor Farrell currently resides in San Francisco’s Jordan Park neighborhood with his wife and three children.