Myrna Melgar is an urban planner and dedicated public servant running for Supervisor in District 7 to be a champion for the Westside. Myrna is a community leader who most recently served as the President of San Francisco’s Planning Commission. She has worked to expand access to homeownership opportunities for low- and middle-income San Franciscans, improve rent control protections for tenants, provide technical assistance and access to capital for small businesses, support the rights of workers and expand education opportunities for disadvantaged San Francisco youth and families.
Myrna and her husband Sean Donahue have made their family home in Ingleside Terraces for the past decade. Sean is a public interest lawyer focused on climate change and Clean Air Act litigation. Myrna and Sean’s youngest daughter attends Commodore Sloat Elementary School, sings with the SF Girls Chorus, and is a member of the scout troop 88 based at the Forest Hill clubhouse. Their two older daughters attended Lick-Wilmerding High School and Lowell and Mission High Schools before attending UC Santa Barbara.
Myrna is fluent in English, Spanish and French, and speaks Swedish proficiently. She attended SF State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College. She holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning with a concentration in housing development from Columbia University, receiving the school’s Leadership Award upon graduation.
Myrna’s family immigrated to San Francisco when she was a child during the 1980s from El Salvador, fleeing that country’s civil war. The Melgars came to join extended family members who had lived in San Francisco for generations. As for so many others before and after, San Francisco provided Myrna’s family with refuge and economic opportunity. Like so many immigrants to our City, Myrna’s family eventually integrated into the workforce and school- Myrna and her sisters all went to college and graduate school.
For the past 6 years, Myrna has worked as the Executive Director of the Jamestown Community Center, an agency providing education enrichment programming to low-income youth and their families. She previously served as Deputy Director of the Mission Economic Development Agency, as the City’s Director of Homeownership Programs under the Gavin Newsom Administration, as a legislative aide to Supervisors Eric Mar and Jose Medina, as a union organizer with the AFL-CIO, and as an organizer with Senior Disability Action, St Peter’s Housing Committee (now Causa Justa/Just Cause), and PODER.
Myrna has served on the Board of Directors of many San Francisco nonprofit organizations, including the Dolores Street Community Center, and the Jewish Community Relations Council. She is a member of Congregation Beth Israel Judea. She was one of the co-founders of HomeownershipSF, a nonprofit agency supporting homeownership access and opportunities for low- and moderate-income San Franciscans. For her service on the Planning Commission, she received the Local Government Award from the San Francisco Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2018.
When not working on community issues, Myrna enjoys gardening and cooking. She is a lover and supporter of the performing arts, plays the flute and renaissance recorders, loves classical and folk music and is a dedicated Samba dancer.
As Supervisor, Myrna will work to strengthen the attributes of District 7 that have helped her family thrive, like our neighborhood stability and sense of community. She will work to improve services and overcome challenges that have been neglected, including public transportation and services for seniors.