Friday, January 06, 2017

California Stem Cell Agency Director Sheehy Named to SF Board of Supervisors

Jeff Sheehy at podium today at San Francisco announcement
A long time member of the governing board of the $3 billion California stem cell agency, Jeff Sheehy, today was appointed to the San Francisco board of supervisors.

Sheehy is the first HIV-positive person to serve on the powerful, five-member board, which directs the $9 billion budget of the City of San Francisco. Sheehy's appointment means that he will be on the San Francisco board until 2018 when he must stand for election.  He fills a vacancy created when a former supervisor, Scott Wiener, was elected to the state Senate last year. 

It is not uncommon for San Francisco supervisors to be elected to higher office, including U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein

Sheehy will continue to be an AIDS patient advocate member of  the board of the stem cell agency, which he has served on since its inception. He is vice chairman of the grants review group, which makes the de facto decisions on the research awards handed out by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), as the Oakland-based agency is formally known.  Sheehy is also chairman of the Science Subcommittee of the agency's board and is director of communications for the UC San Francisco Aids Research Institute.

Jonathan Thomas, chairman of CIRM, and vice chairman Art Torres, former head of the state Democratic Party, issued a statement saying they were "delighted" by the appointment. They said Sheehy has brought "intelligence, dedication and compassion to everything he does."

Sheehy was appointed to the supervisorial board by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee
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