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Breed appoints higher ed counselor as SF City College trustee

The City College of San Francisco’s Ocean campus. | Nick Veronin

Mayor London Breed appointed Murrell Green, a higher education counselor, to fill a vacant seat on the City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees on Friday. 

Green replaces Tom Temprano, a former aide to Supervisor Rafael Mandelman who stepped down from both roles in February to join the leadership team of LBGTQ organization Equality California. Temprano served on the seven-seat community college board since 2017 and was up for a third term in 2024. 

Like Breed, Green was born and raised in Western Addition and is Black. He is currently the dean of Academic Counseling and Student Services at West Valley College and has taught at CCSF, West Los Angeles College and Merced and Skyline colleges. 

Green also serves on educational boards, like the Black/African American Advisory Panel of the California Community Colleges and Bayview YMCA. He studied at Clark Atlanta University, received a master’s degree in counseling from San Francisco State University and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Drexel University.

Friday marks the latest in a string of appointments by Breed. 

Earlier this month, the mayor appointed San Francisco Police Department spokesperson Matt Dorsey as District 6 Supervisor. Breed also picked Lisa Weissman-Ward, Lainie Motamedi, and Ann Hsu to replace three San Francisco Unified School District board members ousted in the February recall, as well as former Assemblymember David Chiu as city attorney.

If the recall election of District Attorney Chesa Boudin is successful, Breed may also appoint his successor. Supervisor Catherine Stefani, the first elected official to endorse the recall, is believed to be a contender, which would open another appointment on the Board of Supervisors for Breed. 

Trustees John Rizzo, Thea Selby, and Brigette Davila come up for reelection in November. 

The American Federation of Teachers Local 2121, representing CCSF educators, has vowed to hold trustees accountable for planned layoffs equating to 38 full-time staff positions. The leadup to the vote sparked outcry and even a campout at its Ocean Campus to stave off a move that the union said—by turning away part-time faculty—would all but decimate entire departments.

Now with the new trustee, CCSF contends with a structural deficit brought by a steep drop in enrollment predating, but worsened by, the pandemic.  
In 2020, Trustees Alex Randolph and Ivy Lee declined to run for reelection and spoke to the difficulties of addressing CCSF’s monumental challenges while balancing a full-time job and time for their families.

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