Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Fast Track: Alex Randolph, San Francisco's Liaison to the LGBT Community, Is a Multiracial 24-Year-Old Wunderkind Who's Being Positioned for Greatness

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Fast Track: Alex Randolph, San Francisco's Liaison to the LGBT Community, Is a Multiracial 24-Year-Old Wunderkind Who's Being Positioned for Greatness

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Ask 24-year-old Alex Randolph to describe his week and he responds with a who's who of California's political movers and shakers. "We just came from a meeting in Washington, D.C., with Sen. Barbara Boxer and Speaker [of the House Nancy] Pelosi's office," he says. "Then there's the governor's office ..."

Welcome to the life of a rising San Francisco political star: Randolph is Mayor Gavin Newsom's liaison to the LGBT community and the city's district 8, which includes the Castro gayborhood.

The up-and-comer has been at City Hall since January. One of his first tasks? Organizing an event to celebrate the third anniversary of Newsom's decision to order city officials to perform same-sex marriages. "He made it clear we should have the right to get married and have equal standing in society," Randolph says. "Few public officials have been willing to take that stand."

Randolph came to Newsom's attention through Bevan Dufty, the out member of the city's board of supervisors representing district 8. Last summer, at the tender age of 23, Randolph managed Dufty's reelection campaign. At the time he was already a veteran of a hall dozen campaigns and interning at a political consulting firm that represented Dufty.

"Both of us attended Berkeley," he says, referring to the nearby University of California campus. "Both of us had participated in student government. I was going to be graduating soon. Right on the spot he offered me the campaign manager job." Randolph was still taking his finals when he started with Dufty, and only days after receiving his bachelor's degree in political science and public policy, he was on the campaign trail, managing staff, recruiting volunteers, and strategizing.

Born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, by a German mother and an African-American father, Randolph became a high school exchange student in San Diego at 16, where he completed his senior year. …

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