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Photo gallery: Mayor London Breed’s rise to power

Mayor-elect London Breed takes the oath of office outside San Francisco City Hall on July 11, 2018. | Gabrielle Lurie/Pool/Getty Images

London Breed’s rise to power is a distinctly San Francisco story. Born in 1974 at Kaiser Hospital on Geary Street, Breed was raised by her grandmother, Comelia Brown, in the Plaza East public housing projects in the city’s Western Addition. She attended Galileo High School in the Russian Hill neighborhood and graduated from the University of California, Davis, before returning home to San Francisco.

Breed worked at City Hall and then led a nonprofit in the Western Addition until 2012, when she launched her first run for office and was elected to the Board of Supervisors. Breed would briefly become the first Black woman mayor of San Francisco after the death of Mayor Ed Lee, before a special election victory in 2018 and securing a full term as mayor in 2019.

Below is a photo gallery tracking Breed’s journey through the years.

An illustration of a composite image shows London Breed as a toddler with her grandmother, Comelia Brown, left, and a portrait of London Breed as a baby, right, that was published in the 1992 Galileo High School yearbook. | Courtesy London Breed
London Breed's senior portrait appears in the 1992 Galileo Academy of Science and Technology yearbook. | Benjamin Fanjoy for The Standard
London Breed, center left, and her classmates pose for a picture in the 1992 Galileo Academy of Science and Technology yearbook. | Benjamin Fanjoy for The Standard
London Breed, center, laughs with Mikayla Sherman, left, and Hawra Alshimary, right, as they prepare to perform during a holiday gift-wrapping event at the African American Art & Culture Complex in San Francisco on Dec. 11, 2012. | Carlos Avila Gonzalez/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images
David Campos, left, London Breed, center, and David Chiu, right, take the oath of office during the swearing-in ceremony at the Board of Supervisors meeting in San Francisco on Jan. 8, 2013. | Paul Chinn/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images
Acting Mayor London Breed is surrounded by city officials during a City Hall news conference following the announcement that Mayor Ed Lee had died in San Francisco on Dec. 12, 2017. | Paul Chinn/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images
San Francisco Acting Mayor London Breed joins a community candlelight vigil in honor of Mayor Ed Lee at Portsmouth Square in San Francisco Chinatown on Dec. 21, 2017. | Michael Macor/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images
Board of Supervisors President London Breed, center, greets supporters before speaking to reporters in San Francisco on June 6, 2018. | Jeff Chiu/AP Photo
San Francisco Mayor London Breed talks with a homeless man in front of Outfit on Castro Street as she takes a neighborhood walk on Aug. 13, 2018. | Liz Hafalia/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images
San Francisco Mayor London Breed, left, holds the hands of then-U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, right, at the Curran Theater in San Francisco on Jan. 12, 2019. | Yalonda M. James/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images
San Francisco Mayor London Breed, center, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee, far left, participate in the Women's March San Francisco on Jan. 19, 2019. | Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images
San Francisco Mayor London Breed, left, and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, right, share a laugh after Breed delivered the State of the City address in San Francisco on Jan. 30, 2019. | Jeff Chiu/AP Photo
San Francisco Mayor London Breed, center, speaks at a news conference after a fire in San Francisco on Feb. 6, 2019. | Jeff Chiu/AP Photo
Mayor London Breed, center, greets Jennifer Siebel Newsom and her husband, Gov. Gavin Newsom, right, at the 2019 SF Symphony Gala dinner in San Francisco on Sept. 4, 2019. | Gabrielle Lurie/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images
Honorable Judge Teri Jackson, left, administers the mayoral oath of office to London N. Breed, right, in the rotunda at San Francisco City Hall on Jan. 8, 2020. | Liz Hafalia/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images
San Francisco Mayor London Breed takes a knee for eight minutes and 46 seconds in honor of George Floyd at City Hall on June 9, 2020. Black Lives Matter demonstrations continued in the wake of the death of Floyd, who was killed in Minneapolis police custody. | Santiago Mejia/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images
Mayor London Breed, right, raises her fist next to Sheila Burton, member of the Bay Area chapter of Brady: United Against Gun Violence, at a news conference about the shooting death of Jace Young in San Francisco on July 7, 2020. | Jeff Chiu/AP Photo
San Francisco Mayor London Breed shakes hands with Gabe Kapler, manager of the San Francisco Giants, after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the game between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics at Oracle Park in San Francisco on June 25, 2021. | Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images
San Francisco Mayor London Breed listens outside City Hall on Dec. 1, 2021, during a Covid briefing about the first confirmed case of the Omicron variant. | Eric Risberg/AP Photo
Supervisor Matt Dorsey and SFPD representatives watch Mayor London Breed speak at a press conference regarding the state of businesses in the SoMa District in San Francisco on June 8, 2022. | Camille Cohen/The Standard
Mayor London Breed skates along to "Cupid Shuffle" with other roller skaters during the "San FranDISCO" outdoor roller rink opening event on Oct. 15, 2022. Mayor Breed said she first started skating as a kid on training wheels. | Evan Reinhardt for The Standard
Mayor London Breed and city officials join with Everett Middle School staff and students to participate in the "Great California ShakeOut" earthquake drill on Oct. 20, 2022, in San Francisco. | Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Mayor London Breed looks out at the Margaret S. Hayward Playground the Western Addition neighborhood in San Francisco on Nov. 16, 2022. | Camille Cohen/The Standard
Mayor London Breed, center left, stands with supervisors during a meeting held at United Nations Plaza in San Francisco on May 23, 2023. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors and Breed held the meeting at the plaza to address the city's fentanyl epidemic. | Benjamin Fanjoy for The Standard
San Francisco Mayor London Breed smiles during an interview on Thursday, June 1, 2023, in San Francisco, Calif.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed smiles during an interview on June 1, 2023, in San Francisco. | Noah Berger for The Standard | Source: Noah Berger for The Standard

RJ Mickelson can be reached at rj@sfstandard.com