SF State to honor 8,400 graduates at virtual Commencement

Friday, May 21, 2021
SFSU Commencement Speaker is MPA Alum, Shamann Walton
San Francisco Board of Supervisor President Shamann Walton (’10) is no stranger to SF State, having earned his Master of Public Administration from the University in 2010. He chose SF State for its focus on social justice, equity and inclusion. He says the program was “second to none” in preparing him for public office.
Walton currently represents District 10, which encompasses the Bayview and Potrero Hill areas of San Francisco. At a young age he lived in public housing in both neighborhoods. For decades he’s worked in those same neighborhoods and has witnessed firsthand the challenges faced by the community, including violence, incarceration and long-time residents being pushed out of the city. As a member of the Board of Supervisors, he strongly advocates for communities from low-income and working-class neighborhoods. He has worked to improve schools, bring more jobs to the district, increase access to affordable housing, bridge relationships among all diverse communities and stop gun violence.
Walton earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Morris Brown College in Atlanta before attending graduate school at SF Sate. His experience includes service as a member and president of the San Francisco Board of Education and as executive director at Young Community Developers (YCD), a nonprofit service organization dedicated to empowering residents of the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood by helping them achieve economic mobility.