JUNE 16, 2017 - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Endorses Eleni Kounalakis for Lieutenant Governor


Lee joins two other big-city mayors, Libby Schaaf of Oakland and Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento, in supporting Kounalakis' bid for LG

San Francisco, CA -- Today, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee formally endorsed Eleni Kounalakis for Lieutenant Governor. Mayor Lee joins other northern California big city mayors, Libby Schaaf of Oakland and Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento, in endorsing Kounalakis for Lt. Governor.

"I am proud to endorse Elena Kounalakis to be the first woman elected Lieutenant Governor in California," said Mayor Lee. "Eleni's record of public service, and accomplishments as a business woman, make her uniquely qualified to serve our state as Lieutenant Governor. At every turn, whether as a Port Commissioner in San Francisco, member of the Governor's International Trade and Investment Advisory Council, or as President Obama's Ambassador to Hungary, Eleni has shown an unmatched dedication to standing up for what's best for our city, our state, and country.

"I am very honored to have the support of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee," said Kounalakis. "Mayor Lee's leadership on critical issues are leading the way for all of California, from free tuition to community college students in San Francisco to protecting immigrants and DREAMers. As Lieutenant Governor, I will work with Mayor Lee to stand up for all California's families and ensure everyone has the chance to achieve the American Dream."

Kounalakis comes armed with a growing list of endorsements from prominent Democratic elected officials, like Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Congresswoman Doris Matsui, former State Senator Mark Leno, Sacramento Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, Sacramento Supervisor Phil Serna, San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell, and San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera.

Kounalakis is a business woman and diplomat. She was appointed by President Barack Obama as Ambassador in 2010. She is a lifelong Democrat and five-time delegate to the Democratic National Convention and worked as an advocate for early childhood education as a member of California's First 5 Commission, and the Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism.

She was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to lead the California International Trade and Investment Advisory Council and served as a member of the San Francisco Port Commission. Prior to serving our country in the diplomatic corps, she was president of AKT Development Corporation in Sacramento, where she grew up. She is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and Dartmouth College. She and her husband, Markos, live in San Francisco where they are raising their two sons.


Katie Merrill