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Democratic Party County Central Committee — Democratic PartyCandidate for Member, Assembly District 17

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Frances Hsieh

Immigration Rights Analyst
18,543 votes (4.45%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Keeping the San Francisco Democratic Party independent from real estate and corporate interests.
  • Standing up for working class communities of color.
  • Being a voice for the progressive labor movement within the Democratic Party.



Profession:Immigration Rights Analyst
Immigration Rights Analyst, City and County of San Francisco (2017–current)
Member, Assembly District 17, San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee — Appointed position (2017–current)
Legislative Aide, John Avalos, San Francisco Board of Supervisors (2009–2016)
Deputy Director of Public Affairs, NARAL Pro-Choice California (2008–2008)
Senior District Representative, Senator Carole Migden, California State Senate (2007–2008)


University of California, San Diego Bachelor of Arts, Sociology (1997)

Community Activities

Delegate, San Francisco Labor Council (2017–current)
Chair, SF Political Action Committee, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 21 (2018–current)
Co-Chair, Advisory Board, San Francisco Women’s Political Committee (2013–2019)
President, Coalition of Asian American Government Employees (2014–2016)


Frances has over 15 years of experience in local and state-wide legislative and government affairs. She currently works for San Francisco’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs as an immigration rights analyst, helping to implement and enforce the City’s strongest-in-the-nation Language Access Ordinance. 

Previously, Frances served as a Legislative Aide for Supervisor John Avalos, who represented District 11 on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She supported the office’s legislative and policy initiatives, managed constituent outreach and response, and oversaw the office’s administrative affairs.  Prior to that she was the Deputy Director of Public Affairs for NARAL Pro-Choice California, educating voters and advocating on behalf of pro-choice legislation and candidates. Frances has also served as the Senior District Representative for State Senator Carole Migden and a legislative aide to then-Supervisor, now, California Treasurer Fiona Ma.

Frances has been active in advocacy, political campaigns, and community work for over 20 years. She has supported Asian American government employees as Past President of the Coalition of Asian American Government Employees (CAAGE), which provides training and leadership opportunities for Asian employees working in the public sector on the local, state, and federal level in San Francisco.  In her union, IFPTE Local 21, she is the founding co-president of their API-Caucus. She also represents the San Francisco chapter of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) on the San Francisco Labor Council. 

As a longtime board member of the San Francisco Women’s Political Committee, Frances has not only helped elect more female candidates to public office and promoted women and family friendly policies, but has mentored young women to build their skills to serve in leadership roles in local politics. As a native San Franciscan and life-long Democrat, she is currently a member of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee, supporting democratic candidates and issues and growing and strengthening the party.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Organizations (10)

  • San Francisco Labor Council
  • Sierra Club
  • Service Employees International Union Local 1021
  • San Francisco Fire Fighters Local 798
  • International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 21
  • San Francisco Berniecrats
  • San Francisco League of Pissed Off Voters
  • Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club
  • American Federation of Teachers, Local 2121
  • United Educators of San Francisco

Elected Officials (11)

  • Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer
  • Supervisor Hillary Ronen
  • Supervisor Aaron Peskin
  • Former Supervisor John Avalos
  • Supervisor Gordon Mar
  • Former Supervisor Jane Kim
  • Tom Temprano, City College Board of Trustees
  • Thea Selby, City College Board of Trustees
  • Ivy Lee, City College Board of Trustees
  • Faauuga Moliga, SF Board of Education
  • Alison Collins, SF Board of Education

Who gave money to this candidate?


More information about contributions

Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As a current member of the DCCC, I have worked hard to deliver on campaign commitments that I made four years ago when I first ran: 1) instituting contribution limits, 2) Reforming the club chartering process, and 3) increasing the parties presence in communities of color.

I feel that I, working with my colleagues, have made progress on those items. We have added candidate contribution limits, required financial reporting by clubs, and instituted a process to screen contributions to the DCCC bylaws; we have made the club chartering process more transparent and have offered training and support for club leaders; and we have brought our meetings out into different communities, adding language and disability access policies, and printing our first ever Chinese and Spanish language slate cards.

I'm running because there is still work to do to make the Democratic party relevant to working class communities of color. I believe the party needs to do a better job of uplifting women and people of color as leaders and working in coalition with other progressive organizations in San Francisco. This is the type of work I have done for most of my political life and want to elevate that to the Party level in a more intentional and broader level.

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