Jane Kim is a Senior Policy Associate for the Sanders Institute where she is responsible for research, policy recommendations and resource development.
Jane has a broad background in public service. As a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, her many initiatives included leading San Francisco to be the first city in the Nation to make Community College free for all residents; passing a law to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15/hour; securing full-time nurses for homeless shelters and establishing a medical respite shelter. Jane also led the successful effort to raise $140M+ per year from multi-million dollar commercial real estate to make universal affordable childcare a reality.
A fierce affordable housing advocate, Supervisor Kim fought to increase the affordable housing requirement from 12% to 25%; won an unprecedented 40% affordable housing requirement in two major development projects; and authored and passed the strongest tenant protection ordinance in the country, stemming frivolous evictions. Jane served as the National Regional and California Political Director for Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign. She currently serves as a Senior Advisor for Build Affordable Faster California and as a Board member for Close the Gap California.
Jane’s approach to policy-making is values-based and prioritizes community-building and progressive leadership development. She has been a community organizer at Chinatown Community Development Center, a civil rights attorney at Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, a member of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee, and has served as President of the San Francisco Board of Education.
Jane received a dual B.A. in Political Science and Asian American studies from Stanford University and her J.D. from the U.C. Berkeley School of Law.