Ed Jew is a 3rd generation San Franciscan, born in San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1960. He became active in the Chinese Community at a young age, and has followed in his grandfather’s footsteps as a leader in many local community causes.
The Jew family came to San Francisco in the early 1900s and has played a prominent role in the local Chinese community for the better part of the past century. Ed’s grandfather, James Jew, arrived in San Francisco in 1913. He opened an employment agency in 1925, and in 1927 he opened the Canton Flower Shop, which Ed and his wife Lisa continue to operate today.
Ed attended San Francisco’s public schools, graduated from McAteer High, attended City College and earned a degree in economics from San Francisco State University. He received his MBA from Golden Gate University in 1984. Gifted with a knack for business, Ed bought his first piece of real estate in San Francisco at the age of 21. He has founded various small business enterprises throughout his professional career. Besides his family’s flower shop, he is also the President of Howard Mock Jew, Inc., a local taxi company.
Ed has a deep passion for San Francisco, which he expresses through a variety of volunteer endeavors.
In the early 1980s, Ed played an important part in helping to revitalize Chinatown with the Chinese Neighborhood Resource Center. He rolled up his sleeves and worked hard to clean up Chinatown’s alleyways with infrastructure and lighting improvements, generating better community participation.
He was appointed by the Mayor to the Ten Year Plan Council to End Chronic Homelessness, and to a second term on the Office of Aging Advisory Council, where he provides oversight to the Commissioners on senior service needs, budgetary priorities, and legislation for senior citizens at the ten city-owned senior centers. Ed serves on the boards of the Northeast Community Federal Credit Union, where he assists individuals and new businesses in obtaining loans. He is the Vice President of the Sunset Residents Association, which works on quality of life issues with homeowners and merchants throughout the Sunset, and is also a member of the Sunset Parkside Education and Action Committee. Ed’s dedication to community service has earned him awards from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Chinese Newcomer Services.
In 2004, Ed organized a signature drive that saved water and sewer ratepayers over $5 million in wasteful increases. This year, Ed organized opposition to the original garbage company rate increase demand, resulting in a substantial decrease in the rate hike that will save ratepayers almost $10 million. Ed knows that everyone pays taxes of some kind – he is running to give taxpayers a voice at City Hall.
Ed carries on the tradition of his grandfather by participating as an active member in many Chinese benevolent associations in San Francisco. James Jew was an early leader in a number of these benevolent associations that Ed is still involved in today, helping immigrants from China find housing, jobs and social services. He was an active member of the Jew Family Benevolent Association, which helped him rise to a position of leadership in Chinatown. He served as President of the Yeong Wo Benevolent Association; the Hay Sen Benevolent Association; the Hip Sen Benevolent Association; and the Lung Kong Benevolent Association. In the 1950s, James Jew became Chairman of Chinese Six Companies, which he served for many years.
Ed has a strong commitment to educating the public about Chinese heritage and history. He serves on the board of the Chinese Holocaust Museum, working to create a permanent museum to disseminate suppressed information about the massacre at Nanjing.
Ed Jew has worked successfully with the Democratic and Republican parties in San Francisco, recently serving as campaign coordinator for the Leland Yee for Assembly campaign. He is a board member of the Chinese American Democratic Club and is a Democrat, but has also worked with the California Chinese American Republican Association and the Republican County Central Committee.Ed and Lisa are raising their 8 year old daughter in the Sunset District. Ed has been a leader in the neighborhood schools movement, successfully challenging the School District in court last year to change the public school bussing policy. Ed believes that schools will improve when parents take an active role in their children’s education, and that is impossible if children spend hours every day being transported across town instead of learning in their own neighborhoods.
Ed, Lisa and Cammie