Supervisor aide takes leave
to explore District 6 candidacy
Releases statement of intent
April 14, 2006
Rob Black, former aide to District 2 Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier,
released the following statement to the Sentinel today to explain
his reason for taking a leave of absence.
For Immediate Release
To avoid any possible conflicts of interests, I am taking
a leave of absence from Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier's office
to fully explore running for San Francisco Supervisor in District
District 6 is diverse - economically, ethnically, and socially.
The District deserves a supervisor that will represent the entire
spectrum of the district not just the needs and issues of a narrow
few. I believe my experience, both as a union organizer and as
an election and human rights advocate, make me uniquely qualified
to act as a bridge builder between the many diverse interest groups
and communities in this amazing district.
As I make my decision, I look forward to spending the next
few weeks speaking with my neighbors, friends and family about
the important issues confronting District 6.
About Rob Black
I was an international election and human rights advocate
for President Carter's The Carter Center and the National Democratic
Institute, promoting free and fair elections in countries like
South Africa, Liberia, Cambodia, Paraguay and Zambia. I was the
chief union organizer for the Screen Actors Guild responsible
for contract campaign activities and strategic organizing, including
organizing the Fox Kids Network. As Legislative Aide to San Francisco
Supervisor Michela Alioto I helped deliver city services to the
people of San Francisco as well as develop legislation and policy
initiatives that are creating hundreds of new jobs in biotechnology
and in the arts and entertainment. I am an ethics attorney and
an active member of the California State Bar.
I was born and raised in New Mexico. I worked my way through
public schools graduating Summa Cum Laude in Political Science
from the University of New Mexico and earning a Juris Doctorate
from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.
I fell in love with San Francisco when I moved to the bay area
to work with the California Democratic Party on President Clinton's
I am a renter and resident of Treasure Island. I am active
in the San Francisco Parks Trust Playfields Initiative, People
for the Presidio, the Treasure Island Community Association and
the Treasure Island Development Association Citizens Advisory
Board. I also serve as a shop steward and contract negotiation
team member for Local 21.
I am married to Lisa Marie Williams, a plaintiff side class
action attorney and General Assistance Advocacy Project (G.A.A.P.)
Before leaving City Hall, Black entered District 6 Supervisor
Daly's office to tell Daly he would be running against him.
"It was the appropriate thing to do", Black told the
"I wanted Chris to hear it from me rather than somebody
else," Black added.
Although Black has not presently filed his intent to run for
the District 6 seat, he is expected to file within "one to
two weeks" Black told the Sentinel.