Mayor London Breed stays home while she figures out how to reopen San Francisco
The mayor behind one of the earliest coronavirus lockdowns shares her leadership advice.
Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Senate Democrats continue to push for a childcare bailout, Gap Inc. faces a crisis, and we hear from San Francisco Mayor London Breed. Have a lovely Thursday.
– Mayor to mayor. It’s been two months since Mayor London Breed locked down San Francisco, and who knows how long since she ate a vegetable.
That last part might be an exaggeration—but the mayor of one of the first U.S. cities to impose a coronavirus shutdown did tell members of Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women community yesterday that she doesn’t love eating vegetables and prefers takeout from a local juice shop to get her vitamins.
Breed joined us for a video chat about leadership during the crisis yesterday. The event was the second virtual gathering Fortune MPW has hosted, following a session with Merck vaccine expert Dr. Julie Gerberding.
Besides juicing, listening to public-health experts, and figuring out how to responsibly re-open her city (it could involve takeout and delivery for non-essential businesses, too, like boutiques), Breed is staying at home, exercising and watching Tiger King to relax, and taking regular calls with California Gov. Gavin Newsom and a dozen other big-city mayors in the state. On that last topic—Breed told the MPW group that she’s grateful to work with a politically-aligned governor and that her “heart goes out to” peers like Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms who are trying to keep their cities safe while sparring with state leadership. “She is an incredible person and doing a great job despite the circumstances,” Breed said of Bottoms.
Thanks to Mayor Breed for joining us yesterday—read on for more from her talk here.