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Jeff Adachi at our 40th anniversary event with our former board chair Margaret Shelleda (left) and President and CEO Julie Fry (right).

Remembering Jeff Adachi

Our hearts are heavy at the sudden passing of Jeff Adachi, San Francisco’s Public Defender.

We were proud and grateful to have him serve on our Board of Directors for a number of years, until early 2018 when he stepped down to focus on his re-election campaign.  He was a staunch ally to California Humanities, and always went the extra mile for us, whether it was connecting us with state legislators to advocate for funding, hosting an event to raise our visibility in San Francisco, or helping us consider how to help tell the stories of people whose voices are not always heard.

On top of that, we enjoyed getting to learn about Jeff through his creativity: his documentary filmmaking, his wicked bass playing back in the day, and his uncanny ability to always be at the most important places at the most appropriate times.

Our thoughts are with Jeff’s family and friends today, as well as all of those who relied upon him for justice and fairness.  We will all miss him dearly.

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