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Who is Brooke Jenkins? Replacement for 'super woke' Chesa Boudin is SF's first Latina DA

Jenkins will handle the office until November before running in a special election that will decide whether she should fill out Boudin’s term through 2023
Brooke Jenkins (L) is the new District Attorney of San Francisco, replacing former DA Chesa Boudin (R) (LinkedIn and Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Brooke Jenkins (L) is the new District Attorney of San Francisco, replacing former DA Chesa Boudin (R) (LinkedIn and Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: Brooke Jenkins has been appointed as the new District Attorney of San Francisco. She was given the position by Mayor London Breed after former DA Chesa Boudin was ousted, following a recall election.

Addressing the latest development, Breed in a statement noted, “After a long process, which included several meetings with community members, business owners, and attorneys, I am confident that there is no one better to serve as District Attorney than Brooke Jenkins. She is someone who has the necessary experience to lead this department and from personal experience, understands both sides of the criminal justice system.”


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She added, “We have a lot of work to do to ensure that everyone feels safe in our city. I know that from day one, Brooke will make sure that not only people are held accountable for the crimes they commit, but will also continue to push forward our work to reform our criminal justice system.”

Jenkins has served the DA’s office for over seven years and had also worked under Boudin before quitting in October 2021 and joining the campaign against him. In June, she stated, “He is failing to prioritize public safety. He has made political policy positions more important than what is necessary to protect the citizens of San Francisco. We are seeing lives actually be loss as a result of his failed policies. Much of the issue with Chesa that I see is that refusal to change course, even when he sees policies aren’t working. Even when the public is screaming out, ‘Hey, we support reform, but this type of reform is not effective in balancing public safety.'”

After taking the new role, Jenkins vowed to make the Golden City safe. She said, “I have dedicated my life and my career since then to being an advocate for victims, for fighting for justice, and being dedicated to making San Francisco a safer place for people to live, work and visit. As your next district attorney, I will restore accountability and consequences to our criminal justice system here in San Francisco.”

“We can have responsible reform, and accountability both at the same time, and I vow to the city to balance both in the pursuit of justice and safety for all,” she added. Jenkins'Twitter bio now read, “Proud to serve as San Francisco District Attorney. Dedicated to Criminal Justice Reform and Public Safety. Wife & Mother.”

Who is Brooke Jenkins?

As per reports, Jenkins is a black and Latina woman, which makes her the first one of the origin to hold the office. She expressed her gratitude after the DA place was offered to her. In a statement on Thursday, July 7, she said, “I am humbled and honored to serve as the next District Attorney of San Francisco.”

She then went on to mention her background before commenting, “As a Black and Latina woman, I have seen the imbalances and disproportionate impacts of our criminal justice firsthand. I have had family members on both sides of the courtroom. My family has seen and felt the impacts of police violence. The inequity in the criminal justice system is not theoretical to me—it is part of my lived experience.”

Soon after resuming the office, which she will handle until November before running in a special election that will decide if she should fill out Boudin’s term through 2023, Jenkins gave an interview to The New York Times. She insisted on “prosecutorial discretion” during the interview and noted, “I believe that while we should be very thoughtful about inequities in the system, and how we can be more fair, we need to restore prosecutorial discretion. And that’s across the board. We shouldn’t have any blanket policies that preclude us absolutely from accessing laws that we need in order to pursue justice or hold offenders accountable.”


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There is not much information available on Jenkins’ personal life. However, her LinkedIn page states that she completed her education at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Chicago Law School before she became Summer Associate at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. She had also worked at King and Spalding, NCAA, and Bowman and Brooke in different roles. However, in 2014, Jenkins began working with the San Francisco District Attorney's Office as Assistant District Attorney.