Jeff Sheehy became the first person openly living with HIV to be on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors when Mayor Ed Lee appointed him to the post on January 6, 2017. As Jeff discusses in today’s San Francisco Bay Times interview, he also breaks new ground on the Board as a medical cannabis patient and as a legally married gay dad.
Jeff has dedicated his life to community service and has long been a passionate and effective advocate on HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ issues. A former President of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, Jeff served as Mayor Gavin Newsom’s advisor on HIV/AIDS before joining UCSF’s AIDS Research Institute.
In the 1990s, Jeff was one of the creators of San Francisco’s path-breaking Equal Benefits Ordinance, the first citywide measure in the nation requiring employers with city contracts to provide equal benefits to their employees’ domestic partners. Jeff is also a founding member of the Steering Committee of San Francisco’s Getting to Zero Consortium, which seeks to make San Francisco the first city to achieve zero new HIV infections, zero HIV deaths and zero HIV stigma. Jeff is married to his partner of 18 years, Bill Berry, and together they are raising their 12-year-old daughter, Michelle.