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Meet Mano

Manohar Raju is a committed

San Francisco Democrat who currently serves as San Francisco’s Public Defender.

The son of immigrants from India, Mano’s parents taught him the importance of voting and being a civically-engaged person.


Mano completed his undergraduate degree at Columbia University, and holds a Master’s degree in South Asian Studies from U.C. Berkeley, where he also earned his law degree. He worked as a Deputy Public Defender in Contra Costa County for seven years before he was recruited by Jeff Adachi to join the SF Public Defender’s felony unit in 2008. Due to his impressive practice as a felony line attorney, he was promoted to be the Director of Training and then Manager of the Felony Unit.


On March 11, 2019, Mayor London Breed appointed Manohar Raju to the office of Public Defender following the untimely death of Jeff Adachi. In November 2019, Mano won election as San Francisco’s Public Defender.


Mano Raju runs for a seat on the Democratic County Central Committee to promote greater equity and civic participation by all individuals in our community.

We strive to bring justice to San Francisco.

Mayor London Breed looks on as Mano Raju speaks at City Hall.

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