Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

New aide joins Wiener’s staff

Adam Taylor, left, Scott Wiener, and Andres Power

A new  legislative aide has joined the staff of gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener.

Andres Power, 32, started work in the Castro area representative’s office this week.

Power, who’s  gay, joins aide Adam Taylor, another out gay man, and replaces Gillian Gillett. Gillett was recently named Mayor Ed Lee’s chief transportation policy advisor.

“I think he’s a great person to work for,” Power said of Wiener. “He’s smart, and very active and engaged in issues in both District 8 and the city as a whole.”

“Andres, like Gillian, is a real talent,” Wiener said in his newsletter today (Thursday, March 15).

Power began with the city’s planning department in 2006. There, among other work, he managed various streetscaping projects and created the pavement to parks program. He was instrumental in the creation of Jane Warner Plaza, at Castro and Market streets.

Wiener was elected to the board in November 2010. Since then, Power has worked with him on development projects and parks including Jane Warner Plaza, which has become a popular spot since it debuted as a temporary parklet in 2009.

Power said, “I loved the work I was doing” in planning, but “at the same time it’s always good to change. … I felt like the opportunity here was a great one.”

In Wiener’s office, Power will be dealing with areas including land use, transportation, and public spaces. He declined to state his salary.

A former resident of the city’s Lower Haight neighborhood, Power recently moved to Oakland to buy a home with his partner, Rod Hipskind, 40.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, March 15, 2012 @ 3:35 pm PST
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