Matt Haney

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Matt Haney
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Haney in 2019
Member of the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
from District 6
Assumed office
January 8, 2019
Preceded by Jane Kim
Personal details
Born (1982-04-17) April 17, 1982 (age 38)
Political party Democratic
Residence San Francisco, California
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley ( BA)
Stanford Graduate School of Education ( MA)
Stanford Law School ( JD)

Matthew Craig Haney (born April 17, 1982) is an American politician from San Francisco. He is a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing District 6. [1]

Early life

Haney was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and attended public schools. His mother taught at San Francisco State University and has since worked on children's health care issues. His father is a national advocate of prisoners rights. Haney's older sister is a public defender.


Haney earned a Bachelor of Arts in 2005 from the University of California, Berkeley. He then became a member of the 2005–2006 class of California Senate Fellows. He went on to Stanford University where he received a Master of Arts in 2010 from the Stanford Graduate School of Education and a JD in 2010 from Stanford Law School. [1] He also earned a LLM in human rights from the National University of Ireland, where he was a Senator George Mitchell Scholar. [1]

Haney worked at both the Stanford Design School and at the JFK School of Law, and Sociology at Palo Alto University, where he taught education law. [1] He was executive director of the UC Student Association, representing 200,000 students across the state. [1]


Haney was national political director for the Dream Corps. [1] In 2015, he co-founded #cut50, an Oakland-based national nonprofit. [1]

San Francisco politics

Haney ran for election to the San Francisco Board of Education in 2012, winning re-election in 2016, and was its president and vice-president. [2] [1]

Haney was elected supervisor for District 6 on November 6, 2018, receiving 14,249 first preference votes (56.24 percent of all valid votes). [3] After allocation of preferences from eliminated candidates in San Francisco's ranked-choice voting system, Haney received 63.12 percent of final-round votes, compared to 36.88 percent for runner-up Christine Johnson, a former planning commissioner. [4] [2] Haney was sworn in at the Board of Supervisors' January 8, 2019 meeting, replacing Jane Kim, who was ineligible to run for re-election after two four-year terms.

In 2019, he voted to delay construction of a 63-unit apartment complex in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco because the building would cast a shadow on a park. The project had been approved by the San Francisco Planning Commission, but was overruled unanimously by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Haney said, "We absolutely need more housing and affordable housing" but "this isn't a meaningless shadow on someone's backyard. This is a shadow that falls on the only multi-use public park in SoMa." On the longest day of the year, at its peak, the building was estimated to cast 18 percent of the park in shadow. [5] [6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h SF BoS 2019.
  2. ^ a b Thadani 2018.
  3. ^ SF Elections 2018a.
  4. ^ SF Elections 2018b.
  5. ^ Brinklow, Adam (April 10, 2019). "SF supervisors reject 63-unit SoMa development over shadow concerns". Curbed SF. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
  6. ^ "Housing-Starved San Francisco Shoots Down New Apartment Project Because It Would Cast Shadow on Nearby Park. Again". April 11, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2020.


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