San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has appointed gay politico Dan Bernal to the city’s Health Commission.
Bernal, longtime chief of staff in Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco office, is taking the seat formerly held by David Singer. His term is set to end January 15, 2019.
As someone who’s living with HIV, Bernal will be expected to have a strong voice on the seven-member health panel, which oversees the city’s public health department budget. He’ll join Cecilia Chung, a transgender woman who’s also living with HIV and has been on the commission since 2012.
In the April 4 letter to Board of Supervisors Clerk Angela Calvillo announcing Bernal’s appointment, Lee said he’s “confident” that Bernal “will serve our community well.” He added that Bernal’s qualifications “demonstrate how his appointment represents the communities of interest, neighborhoods, and diverse populations” of San Francisco.
Bernal didn’t respond to a request for comment late Friday afternoon (April 14).
After gay former District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener won his bid to become state senator in November, Bernal was a leading candidate to fill Wiener’s seat on the board. However, Bernal eventually said he and his husband, interior designer Dan Burns, had decided it was best that he remain a top aide to Pelosi.