Hillary Ronen was born in California and has worked and lived in San Francisco's District 9 for more than thirteen years. She has spent her career working to build an affordable future for her neighbors in Bernal Heights, the Mission, and the Portola.
Hillary’s father immigrated to America when he was 30 years old, and he learned to speak English while working blue collar jobs. After watching the discrimination her father faced in the workplace, Hillary decided to dedicate her life to advancing the rights of workers and their families.
After graduating from UC San Diego and attending UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law, Hillary moved to the Mission District to work for La Raza Centro Legal. While leading the worker’s rights unit, she stood up to unethical employers who were stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in wages from workers, earning a reputation as someone willing to take on difficult battles and get results.
For the last six years Hillary has served as Chief of Staff for District 9 Supervisor David Campos, where she has become known for her ability to bring all political sides together to pass common sense laws.
Her determination to help families during the affordability crisis has lead to essential legislation protecting families and school teachers from eviction; providing resources for the first LGBT homeless shelter in San Francisco history; and passing the Free MUNI for Youth program.
Under Hillary’s leadership, the District 9 office has pushed to build the first affordable housing units in the Mission in over a decade. Hundreds of affordable housing units will be made available to district residents in the next few years, with hundreds more in the pipeline.
Hillary Ronen is married to Francisco Ugarte, Immigration Specialist at the San Francisco Public Defender’s office.
For May Day and Beyond
Open Letter to White Communities
- In the past month, five million people, mostly immigrants of color, have mobilized for justice and are making history, flooding the streets in unprecedented numbers. Meanwhile, the most visible participation by white people is coming from the racist and right wing leaders who are defining and dominating the debate in the Federal government and in the news, radio and opinion pages. Where are the voices of anti-racist white people in this crucial moment, when the worst anti-immigrant legislation in decades is still poised to drop?
Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
In 2008 Hillary Ronen, Staff Attorney of La Raza Centro Legal, San Francisco, CA signed a statement circulated by the Partisan Defense Committee calling for the release of convicted “cop-killer” Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward
Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward was a phone in webinar organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the wake of the 2016 election.
- Now what? We’re all asking ourselves that question in the wake of Trump’s victory. We’ve got urgent strategizing and work to do, together. Join Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives and Freedom Road, Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Jodeen Olguin-Taylor of Mijente and WFP, Joe Schwartz of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Sendolo Diaminah of Freedom Road for a discussion of what happened, and what we should be doing to build mass defiance. And above all, how do we build the Left in this, which we know is the only solution to the crises we face?
- This event will take place Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/6pm Pacific.
Those invited, on Facebook included Hillary Ronen.
Rose Pak Democratic Club 2016 voter guide
- Jane Kim
- Victor Hwang
- Sandra Fewer
- Aaron Peskin
- Norman Yee
- Hillary Ronen
- Lateefah Simon
- Stevon Cook
- Matt Haney
- Mark Sanchez
- Rafael Mandelman
- Alex Randolph
- Tom Temprano
On Jan. 31, 2016, San Francisco’s City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a suit in federal court charging the administration is violating state’s rights by declaring that cities and counties upholding their sanctuary status and refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities will lose federal funding.
Herrera was joined at a City Hall news conference by Mayor Ed Lee, San Francisco Supervisor Hillary Ronen, and deputy city attorneys.
Calling the president’s executive order “unconstitutional” and “un-American,” the city attorney told journalists, “It is necessary to defend the people of this city, this state and this country from the wild overreach of a president whose words and actions have thus far shown little respect for our Constitution or the rule of law.”
Saying “the fabric of our communities and billions of dollars are at stake,” Herrera charged that Trump fails to understand the Constitution’s limits on executive powers.
Mayor Lee told the media that his city is “ready to fight to keep our city safe, and today is a prime example.” He added, “Strong cities like San Francisco must continue to push the nation forward and remind America that we are a city that fights for what is right.”
The city’s lawsuit argues that the president’s executive order violates states’ rights as set forth in the Constitution’s 10th Amendment, and claims that “the Executive Branch may not commandeer state and local officials to enforce federal law.”
The Chinese Progressive Association (San Francisco) Celebrates 45 years of Resilience and Resistance.
[[On Saturday, October 7, 2017, the Chinese Progressive Association (San Francisco) will celebrate our 45th anniversary with the theme, “Harnessing the Strength of a Thousand Rivers.
Host committee members were:
Fahd Ahmed, Alysabeth Alexander, Mike Casey, Myra Chow,Cathy Dang, Antonio Diaz, Supervisor Sandy Lee Fewer, Norman Fong, Conny Ford, Alicia Garza,George Goehl, Rudy Gonzales, Corinna Gould, Sherry Hirota, Dana Kawaoka-Chen, Helen Kim, Supervisor Jane Kim, Aarti Kohli, Laura Livoti, Gordon Mar, Xavier Morales, Vanessa Moses, Tim Paulson, Supervisor Aaron Peskin, Ai-jen Poo, and Mu Ping Poo, Supervisor Hillary Ronen, Saket Soni, Sarath Suong, Mabel Teng, Shiree Teng, Supervisor Norman Yee, Haeyoung Yoon, Miya Yoshitani, Anand Singh.
Gordon Mar for Supervisor
Gordon Mar June 18.
So proud to have the support of Supervisor Ronen, Supervisor Fewer, my brother former Supervisor Mar, my family, colleagues, and community members today as I officially filed to run for District 4 Supervisor. I’m so excited to embark on this journey and I can’t wait to tell you more about my campaign. — feeling excited with Anakh Sul Rama, Carolyn Ji Jong Goossen, Michael Mar, Maria Guillen, Conny Ford, Eric Mar, Hillary Ronen, Rick Claymore, Ryan McGilley, Raquel R. Redondiez, Matthew L. Steen, Ken Tray, Cecilia Wong, Sandra Lee Fewer, Wendolyn Aragon, Carlos Gutierrez, Lynn Yokoe, Linshao Chin, James Tracy and Sze-Shun Lau.
Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) May 23, 2018
For immediate release, please see our press release on San Francisco Board of Supervisors passing Non-Citizen Vote implementation. Thank you to all of our community allies ( Carecen SF African Advocacy Network) for providing their support and Supervisors Norman Yee Sandra Lee Fewer, Hillary Ronen for sponsoring the ordinance!
“The implementation of Prop N will enable working immigrant families to address K-12 education equity issues through the power of the ballot,” said Cynthia Choi, co-executive director of CAA. “For more than a decade immigrant families and parents leaders have fought hard to make Proposition N a reality, and the Department of Elections is now clearly tasked and given direction on how to implement Prop N despite the challenges of the current political climate.”