Hillary Ronen was born in California and has worked and lived in District 9 for more than thirteen years. She has spent her career working to build an affordable future for her neighbors in Bernal Heights, the Mission, and the Portola.
Hillary’s father immigrated to America when he was 30 years old, and he learned to speak English while working blue collar jobs. After watching the discrimination her father faced in the workplace, Hillary decided to dedicate her life to advancing the rights of workers and their families.
After graduating from UC San Diego and attending UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law, Hillary moved to the Mission District to work for La Raza Centro Legal. While leading the worker’s rights unit, she stood up to unethical employers who were stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in wages from workers, earning a reputation as someone willing to take on difficult battles and get results.
For the last six years Hillary has served as Chief of Staff for District 9 Supervisor David Campos, where she has become known for her ability to bring all political sides together to pass common sense laws.
Her determination to help families during the affordability crisis has lead to essential legislation protecting families and school teachers from eviction; providing resources for the first LGBT homeless shelter in San Francisco history; and passing the Free MUNI for Youth program.
Most importantly, under Hillary’s leadership, the District 9 office has pushed to build the first affordable housing units in the Mission in over a decade. Hundreds of affordable housing units will be made available to district residents in the next few years, with hundreds more in the pipeline.
Hillary is married to Francisco Ugarte, Immigration Specialist at the San Francisco Public Defender’s office. Their daughter Maelle recently celebrated her third birthday.