Mother. Former Planning Commissioner. Everyday bike commuter. Urban planner. Community organizer. Immigrant.
Myrna Melgar holds each of these perspectives and we are thrilled to endorse her as your number one choice for District 7 Supervisor.
“I believe that access to transportation is an environmental and economic justice issue,” says Myrna. “Our public transportation infrastructure is poorly thought out and underfunded. We need to create the conditions so that getting around on a bike is safe, and a way for people to save money and the environment.”
Originally from El Salvador, Myrna received a master’s degree in urban planning from Columbia University, leading her to a career in public service, focusing on land use, housing, and transportation. One of her first jobs in San Francisco was as a community organizer at PODER, the organization that founded our 2017 Golden Wheel Awardee, Bicis del Pueblo.
So what inspired her to run for office?
Kimberly Ellis is a Bay Area-based activist known for leading Emerge California, an organization that inspires and supports women to run for office. “Kimberly was the first person who told me that I could,” says Myrna. “I am running for District 7 Supervisor because I think my policy expertise is valuable for the issues that challenge our City, and also because the voices of people like me — women and immigrants — are not often heard in those discussions.”
While there are many people running for District 7 Supervisor, we believe that Myrna’s knowledge of land use and transportation issues sets her apart from the rest. She knows the issues that people who bike, walk, and take transit face in her district and so we are proud to endorse Myrna Melgar as your top choice for District 7.