Seasoned lawyer. Dedicated community leader. American advocate.
Vernon C. Grigg III is the son of two public school teachers who instilled in him the importance of hard work, public service, and education. Inspired by his parents and his experience growing up on military bases, Vernon’s desire to creatively solve complex, entrenched social problems has been a driving force throughout his life.
Vernon received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and graduated with High Honors and Distinction. In 1987, he entered Yale Law School, where he studied as an Orville Schell Fellow and served as the Senior Editor of
the Yale Law and Policy Review. After clerking for large national law firms and for sitting Justices of the Supreme Courts of South Africa and Israel, Vernon managed his own law practice specializing in civil rights issues.
Vernon currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife of 18 years and two wonderful daughters. Vernon is a licensed pilot, fisherman, and dog owner and, much to his teen daughters’ chagrin, he also plays regularly in a passionate, but mediocre “Dad band."
For more than two decades Vernon has distinguished himself in the practice of law, developing broad litigation and management experience in criminal law, employment law and civil rights. A former prosecutor, he served as the youngest ever Managing Attorney in the San Francisco D.A.'s office, where he managed the Department's largest litigation team, set charging policies for thousands of cases, and established bold new models for a harm reduction approach to narcotics law enforcement. At his own law firm, Vernon represented clients that include Fortune 500 corporations, professional sports franchises, and large public agencies. He has negotiated contracts worth over 100 million dollars and conducted private investigations protecting 10 million dollars of corporate assets and liabilities.
Public Service & Leadership
Vernon has dedicated himself the betterment of his Bay Area community, through his involvement in local politics and active support of education and the arts. Before running for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, he served as Commissioner on the San Francisco Human Rights and Housing Commissions, as well as Vice President of the Citywide Drug Abuse Advisory Board. Previously the President and CEO of the Bayview Opera House,Inc, Vernon led the renovation of a historic cultural center in one of San Francisco’s most under-served communities. Currently, he serves on the board of the directors of the Nueva School, an internationally recognized independent school highlighted as a model for the future of American education.
The Center for Electoral Equity
Vernon believes deeply in the promise of the American system of Constitutional democracy and its ability to evolve and better serve the needs of a complex, changing society. In 2017, he launched the Center for Electoral Equity (CEE), the first and only public benefit corporation dedicated to addressing declining confidence in electoral processes and strengthening American democracy. Learn more about CEE here.
View Vernon's full professional and leadership history here.
1991 Yale Law School
1986 University of Michigan
1985 London School of Economics
Law & Economics
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