Former Sherriff of SF City and County
Ross Mirkarimi was elected the thirty-fifth Sheriff of the City and County of San Francisco, and served until 2016. He was referred to as “the most progressive Sheriff” in the U.S. by the Nation Magazine.
- His Administration won Harvard University’s “Innovation in American Government” Award – for demonstrating significant reductions in recidivism through in-custody and post-release education.
- Ross was the only elected Sheriff out of California’s 58 counties to support cannabis legalization
- Before Sheriff, he was elected twice to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
- In 2005, Ross was the first local legislator in California to author comprehensive regulations for legalizing medical cannabis.
- He authored over 100 laws ranging from criminal justice reform to poverty reduction to environmental protection – Ross was the first legislator in the U.S. to ban plastic bags.
- After 22 years of public service, Ross started Pro Civicus Consulting to private and public sectors, domestic and abroad. Serving as an expert witness on death in-custody and use-of-force cases, and corrections reforms; and shepherding regulatory compliance of cannabis legalization in the US, Uruguay and Germany.