Prior to being elected District 7 Supervisor in 2012, San Franciscans chose Norman to serve on the Board of Education for two terms. Under Norman’s leadership, the school district selected a new Superintendent, approved an equity-focused strategic plan, and made positive achievement gains. Other experience includes serving as executive director for a large social service organization, where Norman grew the nonprofit enterprise into a multimillion-dollar entity with hundreds of employees, as a foundation program officer, and as a community college and elementary school educator.
Despite being considered an independent voice on the Board of Supervisors, he is also credited with being able to build bridges and collaborate with colleagues on the Board, department staff, and community stakeholders alike. He is also known for being able to get results, whether on his leadership to put Proposition C on the ballot and raise support for its passage, ensuring that city departments were responsive to flooding in the West Portal neighborhood early on in his term, or spearheading the creation of numerous civic organizations and initiatives throughout his career such as the San Francisco Early Head Start Program, the San Francisco Child Care Providers Association, and the Chinatown Beacon Center.
With degrees from Cal and SF State, Norman is a native son who realized early in his career that his life’s purpose would be dedicated to the families and communities of San Francisco. Some of his early memories growing up in the City include helping his parents as small business owners in the family-owned grocery store and playing basketball in.
Norman and his wife Cathy, a City College educator, purchased their home in District 7’s Westwood Park nearly 30 years ago because they knew it would be an ideal neighborhood to raise their two daughters, who attended West Portal, Alice Fong Yu, Hoover MS, Lincoln HS and Lowell HS. Now grown, his daughters work locally in the education and nonprofit sectors. Norman and Cathy are thrilled that they became first-time grandparents recently, and Norman is more attuned than ever around the need to provide neighborhoods that suit the multi-generational residents in his district, whether they are doting grandparents or young professionals starting a family.