About Naomi Kelly

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Naomi M. Kelly is San Francisco’s City Administrator, one of the highest-ranking non-elected officials of the City and County. In this capacity, Ms. Kelly oversees the General Services Agency consisting of 25 departments, divisions, and programs that include Public Works Department, Department of Technology, Office of Contract Administration/Purchasing, Real Estate, County Clerk, Fleet Management, Convention Facilities, Animal Care and Control, Medical Examiner, and Treasure Island. She is responsible for a 2,700-strong workforce, and an annual budget of nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars.

Ms. Kelly is strongly committed to strengthening the local economy; ensuring the efficacy of government services; increasing the City’s safety and resiliency; and optimizing the City’s capital planning and infrastructure. Since her appointment by Mayor Ed Lee in 2012, her accomplishments include:

  • Appointments of Public Works Department Director, Director of Real Estate, Chief Information Officer and Department of Technology Director, Mayor’s Office on Disability Director, Animal Care and Control Director, Treasure Island Director, Contract Monitoring Division Director, Purchaser, Chief Medical Examiner, Deputy City Administrator, and Chief Resilience Officer;

  • Serving on numerous boards and committees including:

    • Capital Planning Committee : As Chair of this Committee, Ms. Kelly oversees a $32 billion, 10-year capital plan for the long-term safety, accessibility and modernization of San Francisco’s public infrastructure and facilities;
    • Committee on Information and Technology (COIT): As Chair, Ms. Kelly oversees 5-year communication technology (ICT) plans, budgets and projects for all City departments;
    • Workforce Investment San Francisco (WISF) Board: WISF is responsible for creating strategic workforce connections between industry, business, labor, educational institutions, and community based organizations to serve the needs of workers and employers in the region and to support the City’s vision for economic competitiveness.
    • SF Community Investment Fund (SFCIF) Board: SFCIF is a California nonprofit public benefit corporation that serves as a community development entity to apply for a new market tax credits allocation from the U.S. Treasury to help underserved communities and to provide private capital investment in to projects that may not otherwise be completed; and
    • The newly-created Mayor’s Our Children, Our Families Council: The Council is charged with developing a five-year plan to coordinate available resources and service for data-sharing between the City and schools to better serve families, children and youth in the City. The Council will also create, maintain and make available an inventory of all citywide services for children and youth, including state and federally funded programs.
  • Leadership of major private-public partnerships such as the celebration of the San Francisco City Hall Centennial, and the Bay Area Women’s Summit;

  • Facilitation of Mid-Market development, Moscone Convention Facilities expansion, new Medical Examiner’s Office building, purchase and development of a San Francisco City Office Building on the Goodwill site at Mission Street and South Van Ness; re-envisioning of public housing policy;

  • Implementation of initiatives in the areas of public housing, community benefits, local business development, earthquake safety and disaster preparedness, and Local Hiring Ordinance; and

  • Authorization of same-sex marriage license issuances at San Francisco City Hall in late June 2013 just hours after a federal appeals court cleared the way for the State of California to lift a 4.5 year freeze.

Prior to her City Administrator position, Ms. Kelly was appointed City Purchaser and Director of the Office of Contract Administration by Mayor Gavin Newsom. She previously served as Special Assistant in the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, and the Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs, under Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. She also served as the City’s Executive Director of the Taxicab Commission.

Ms. Kelly, a native San Franciscan, is the first woman and African American to serve as City Administrator of the City and County of San Francisco. She received her undergraduate and law degrees, respectively, from New York University, and the University of San Francisco. Ms. Kelly is a member of the California State Bar. She and her husband, Harlan L. Kelly, Jr., General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and their two sons reside in San Francisco.