Mayor Cantrell’s life has been steeped in community service. As a little girl, her grandmother would bring her to neighborhood meetings, and by the age of 13, she was serving as secretary for her local chamber of commerce.
“My soul found its home in New Orleans,” is how Mayor Cantrell describes her arrival in 1990 as a student at Xavier University. After graduation, she and her husband, Jason, bought a home in the Broadmoor neighborhood, and Cantrell became an active member of her new community.
As the President of the Broadmoor Improvement Association, Cantrell led the neighborhood’s redevelopment following Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures. Flooding decimated Broadmoor, but through citizen engagement and Cantrell’s leadership, Broadmoor is now considered an international model for disaster recovery.
Elected to the City Council in 2012, Cantrell has prioritized improving people’s lives.
On May 7, 2018, Mayor Cantrell was sworn in as the first female Mayor of New Orleans, just in time to celebrate the city’s tricentennial, or 300th anniversary.
She is a dedicated wife to her husband, Jason, proud mother of her daughter, RayAnn, and a parishioner at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church.
Mayor Cantrell pledges to produce results that will create a more equitable and safe New Orleans for all residents.
She is the 45th Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco. She will be the first African-American woman and only second woman to serve as Mayor.
London first won election to the Board of Supervisors in November 2012. In January of 2015, her colleagues elected her President of the Board. She was re-elected as District 5 Supervisor in November 2016 and unanimously re-elected as Board President two months later.
London is a native San Franciscan, raised by her grandmother in Plaza East Public Housing in the Western Addition. She graduated with honors from Galileo High School and attended the University of California, Davis, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/Public Service with a minor in African American Studies. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.
Before her election as District 5 Supervisor, London served as Executive Director of the African American Art & Culture Complex in the Western Addition for over a decade, transforming the struggling center into a vital, financially-stable community resource that provides after school arts and cultural programs for youth and seniors. She also served as a San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Commissioner for five years and in 2010 was appointed by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom to be a San Francisco Fire Commissioner, where she served until her election to the Board of Supervisors.
London has dedicated her entire adult life to serving our communities and improving the City’s housing, environment, public safety, transportation, and quality of life.
London has passed legislation to increase housing along transit corridors and prioritize neighborhood residents for the affordable homes in their community. She helped transform unused public housing units into homes for homeless families, and is leading the effort to renovate thousands more. London has fought for more navigation centers for the homeless and launched a task force to study if safe injection facilities can help IV drug users off the streets and into treatment. She is also working on improving mental health services for all San Franciscans.
In 2014, London tackled the City’s ambulance response crisis, improving safety for everyone, and cutting ambulance response times by over 26%. She has fought for more police officers, and passed a complete overhaul of the City’s graffiti policies, as well as first-in-the-country legislation to protect music and nightlife venues.
London passed the strongest Styrofoam ban in the country, as well as drug take-back legislation that has kept over 40 tons of medical waste out of the Bay and landfills. She spearheaded San Francisco’s clean electrical energy program, CleanPowerSF, which is the City’s most important climate change effort, projected to cut more than 940K tons of CO2each year while reducing energy costs. London passed legislation to replace hundreds of Muni buses and the entire fleet of Muni trains, creating a more reliable, quieter, and faster Muni. And she has consistently advocated for safe streets for all users, whether on the bus, a bike, car, or on foot.
“Confession is good for the soul.” Although it may just be a cliché for some, it still holds true for all. It may be a hard thing to do, but confessing to those you’ve wronged does 4 things:
1) It admits responsibility for your own actions (no matter who all was involved). Imagine if when God created Adam & Eve, Adam blamed everything on Eve – “She made me eat the forbidden fruit!” Regardless of who ate the fruit first, it still resulted in the fall of man. Confessing made it easier for God to deal with them when they both sinned, even though there were still consequences.
2) It’s a way of humbling yourself. Even when something is your fault, it’s good to admit your wrongdoing. This allows you to take an account of where you messed up & think about how not to do it again. Sometimes a slice of “humble pie” may not taste very good going down but it just might be the food you need to fill up.
3) It lets others know that you realize you’re not perfect. You know you’re not perfect & they know you’re not perfect. But by admitting it (out loud), it lets others know that you are willing to accept responsibility for your wrongdoing. This may help them give you another chance when or if you mess up again.
4) Restores fellowship with others. There’s nothing like being out of fellowship with the people you love that can throw things off-kilter. When you show humility, it brings you back together with the people you’re closest with.