Willie L. Brown, Jr., has more than 50 years of political, business and non-profit experience. He is a practicing attorney, community leader and well-respected public official who served over 31 years in the California State Assembly, spending more than 14 years as its Speaker. Following his work in the California State Assembly, Mr. Brown served as the 41st mayor of San Francisco, holding the position from January 1996 until January 2004. His tenure as mayor is marked by many well known, large-scale projects including a significant increase in real estate development such as the Mission Bay biotech complex and AT&T baseball stadium, public works, and city beautification.
He currently serves as chairman and chief executive officer of The Willie L. Brown, Jr. Institute on Politics and Public Service, an independent, non-profit organization providing a forum for non-partisan education, debate and discussion of public policy issues.
The Institute is one of the first in the country to focus on local government, dedicated to expanding the resources and expertise available to stakeholders from the political, academic, business and scientific communities.
Mr. Brown earned a degree in political science from San Francisco State University and a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He has received over 17 honorary degrees from prestigious institutions throughout his life.