was elected in December of 2002 and re-elected in November 2007 and represented San Francisco's District 8. District 8 encompasses Noe Valley, The Castro, Glen Park, Diamond Heights, Duboce Triangle, Dolores Park & San Jose / Guerrero, and Buena Vista Heights neighborhoods.
Voted "Most Radical" by his classmates at Menlo-Atherton High School, Bevan Dufty describes his professional career as moving up and down the political food chain.
At 21, he worked on Capitol Hill in the most powerful legislative arena in the world. Decades later, as Director of Neighborhood Services at the Mayor's office in San Francisco, he came to realize that it is really local government that has the power to change lives in a tangible way....by honoring the public trust, by being timely, responsive, respectful and by solving one problem at a time.
Bevan Dufty learned that a little time devoted to little things can make a big difference. He encouraged Mayor Brown to launch the Open Door Program, a Saturday morning forum that provided an opportunity for individual San Franciscans to talk privately with the mayor about their individual problems. That program alone gave thousands of people personal access to their mayor in a way that never occurred before. And countless problems were solved.
On a community level he has continued to work in close partnership with neighborhood and merchant groups throughout District 8. His years in Neighborhood Services taught him that any problem, large or small, can be addressed when you bring together concerned neighbors, merchants, community organizations and City Departments.
On a political level, he is a member of the Alice B. Toklas, Raoul Wallenberg and Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Clubs. Bevan Dufty is also a Founder of San Francisco's LGBT Community Center and a member of San Francisco Front Runner's.
His early exposure to social activism, ethnic vibrancy and soulful music gave him a unique perspective on life and instilled in him the importance of giving back to the community. It laid the foundation for the person he is today.His early exposure to social activism, ethnic vibrancy and soulful music gave him a unique perspective on life and instilled in him the importance of giving back to the community. It laid the foundation for the person Bevan is today.