Akonadi Foundation joins with so many across the Bay Area in mourning the shocking and tremendous loss of an icon in our region, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan.
Supervisor Chan was the ultimate public servant, and one of the most steadfast advocates for young people and people of color in our region. She leaves behind a powerful legacy of championing racial justice as a public leader, tirelessly pushing to shift systems and policies in civil rights, education and health that harmed children, youth, families and the elderly. As a trusted ally to racial justice advocates and movement organizations, she was dedicated to building communities where young people can live and thrive. Time and again, she proved what could become possible if we have the will and dedication to fight for real change.
Supervisor Chan was also a pioneer. As a longtime Asian American leader, she broke ceilings throughout her career in public service. She was the first Asian American to be elected to the county’s Board of Supervisors and the first Asian American Assembly Majority Leader.
The Bay Area is a better place because of her committed, passionate and effective leadership and activism. Our deepest condolences are with her family and loved ones, and everyone in the Bay Area who is impacted by the loss of this giant.