Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom has championed innovative public policies since entering office in 1997. As a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, then as mayor of San Francisco and now as Lieutenant Governor of California, Newsom has been a political visionary on issues of equality, the environment, homelessness and healthcare. Policies he has initiated and implemented have been duplicated in cities across the nation.
Shortly after being elected Lt. Gov. in 2010, Newsom gathered the ideas of key stakeholders around the state to develop an economic growth and job creation strategy. This comprehensive economic blueprint, a top priority of his administration, ensures that California remains one of the top 10 economies in the world.
As mayor of San Francisco, Newsom’s administration led the nation on environmental policies such as mandatory composting, plastic bag and Styrofoam bans and a prohibition on city-purchased bottled water. Shortly after establishing the most stringent green building standards in America, San Francisco then achieved the highest rate of recycling and waste diversion in the U.S. For launching these groundbreaking programs, Newsom was selected in 2010 as the greenest mayor for a second year.
An early technology adopter who values innovation, Newsom was ranked #1 mayor for his use of social media by the leading search engine for finding and tracking consumer-generated opinions, Samepoint. He has more than 1.2 million Twitter followers and in 2010, he announced his run for Lt. Gov. via Twitter, making him one of the first politicians to do so.
He is dedicated to shifting the principles of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship to the public sector and launched “The Gavin Newsom Show” on Current TV to help shape the conversation. The show featured such guests as Sergey Brinn, Oliver Stone, Lance Armstrong and Marissa Mayer. He has also been featured on “Meet the Press,” “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” and “Charlie Rose.”
An avid reader, despite being dyslexic, Newsom authored “Citizenville” exploring the intersection of democracy and technology in this ever-connected world. Newsom has graced the cover of The New York Times Magazine and has been featured in Time, the New Yorker, the Economist, GQ, and Wired, among others. A much sought after public speaker, he often discusses topics across a wide spectrum, including economics, technology, civil rights, entrepreneurship and government reform. He was featured at the World Economic Forum, Harvard School of Business, Stanford University and the Clinton Global Initiative, among others.