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 Susan Belinda Christian

Susan Belinda Christian, Chair 

Commissioner Christian is an Assistant District Attorney in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office where she is currently assigned to the Behavioral Health Court, a collaborative, multidisciplinary court providing treatment and rehabilitation for people whose offenses are tied to mental illness. She is a member of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. Commissioner Christian received her B.A. and J.D. from Yale University. A former Co-Chair of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, Ms. Christian has also served on the boards of directors for Walden House, the Transgender Law Center and the Service Members Legal Defense Network, the national organization which led the legislative, legal and lobbying effort to fully repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". As a Commissioner, Ms. Christian's primary interests include reform of the criminal justice system so that it no longer substitutes for meaningful responses to the effects of social inequality.
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Mark Kelleher, Vice Chair

Mark Kelleher is Senior Director of Development with San Francisco State University where he is helping to expand a successful new division focused on securing funding from individuals, foundations, companies and government sources to counter deep state budget cuts in recent years. Special areas of focus include the development of community outreach programs, most targeting underserved individuals, such as the Family Acceptance Project which is designed to reduce suicide, HIV infection and other perils often faced by LGBTQ youth; Project Rebound boasting stellar graduation rates for previously incarcerated individuals; as well as initiatives to improve education access and success for at-risk youth including the Guardian Scholars Program and Metro Academies. Prior to SF State, Kelleher was with the University of California, San Francisco where he launched the first full-time development program for the AIDS Research Institute, managed fundraising for the School of Nursing, and served as corporate and foundation relations director. Highlights include the development of community outreach programs, most targeting underserved youth, including Valencia Health Service, LINC (child-focused domestic violence prevention), Women’s Global Health Imperative and Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education and its Smoke Free Movie Campaign. He served on the CTCRE advisory board after leaving UCSF. During this period, Kelleher helped launch Magnet, a uniquely combined community space and gay men’s health service, now an internationally recognized model. He remains an active Magnet board member focused on advocacy concerning the integration of personal community engagement approaches as a pioneering wellness strategy, contrasted with traditional HIV/STD prevention. Kelleher also served as a co-chair on the board of the Academy of Friends – a community foundation assisting individuals affected by HIV. Previous to UCSF, Kelleher was a regional development director at UC Berkeley where he organized its first fundraising campaign in Silicon Valley. Although some of his direct ancestors were Bay Area pioneers beginning in the mid-19th Century, Kelleher was raised near Boston. Before moving to California in 1994 he managed several record-breaking reunion classes for the Harvard Law School Fund. Kelleher began his career at Boston University where he helped expand a pioneering partnership to reform public schools in nearby Chelsea, at the time one of the nation’s most socioeconomically challenged urban communities. Kelleher earned his M.S. at Boston University and B.A. in History at St. Anselm College, and certification from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's State and Local Senior Executives Program. He and his partner of over two decades reside in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury District.. 

 

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Sheryl Evans Davis 

Sheryl Evans Davis was born in Denison Texas, but she grew up in the San Francisco-Bay Area. Commissioner Davis earned her BA degree from San Francisco State University and her Master's in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. She began her career as an educator, working in private schools and volunteering in community centers in the Western Addition. Early on in her career, Mrs. Davis became well acquainted with the disparity between the two of resources, experiences, expectations and opportunities. This awareness prompted Mrs. Davis to develop out-of- school time programs for Western Addition youth that linked with the private schools to offer support with homework, enrichment classes as well as access to quality programs. Ms. Davis has served as a legislative aide for the District Supervisor focusing on public housing issues, building collaboration amongst service providers, public safety, economic and workforce development and youth issues. In addition Ms. Davis served on the Fillmore Community Benefits District, Redevelopment Agency's Western Addition Citizen Advisory Committee, SFPD Fair and Impartial Policing Advisory Committee, SFPD Community Policing Advisory, and The SF Census Complete Count Committee. She currently serves as the co-facilitator for the Workforce Investment Citizen's Advisory Committee. Ms. Davis is the founding director of the Mo' MAGIC collaborative. The collaborative launched in 2006 with the purpose of convening various stakeholders to address community issues. The group meets twice a month to develop and implement solutions facing the Western Addition neighborhood around economic development, social justice, education and community health. Through these efforts hundreds of youth are supported during the summer months and stronger partnerships between community based organizations, government, residents and businesses have been formed. Currently Ms. Davis continues her work with Mo' MAGIC and coordinates programming for the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center through Collective Impact. 

 

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 Faye Woo Lee

Faye Woo Lee 

Commissioner Lee was first appointed to the Commission by Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2004 and reappointed in 2007 and again in 2010. She is a past president of San Francisco Lodge, Chinese American Citizens Alliance, a local chapter of a national civil rights organization that was established in 1895. Chinese American Citizens Alliance advocates for equal rights and equal opportunities for all Americans. She remains involved, and chairs the Real Estate and Investment Committee and other programs for the organization. She is also the Assistant Secretary for the national chapter. Currently she serves as a trustee on the Chinese Hospital Board of Trustees.  Chinese Hospital strives to provide access to a broad range of affordable, medically competent and culturally sensitive healthcare services to the Chinese community. She is a trustee on the Board of Trustees of Chinese Community Health Plan Inc., which is an affordable health plan with bi-lingual and bi-cultural health care providers. She is a director on the Board of Directors for the Chinese Community Health Resource Center, which provides workshops, classes and written materials in Chinese and other Asian languages on healthcare to the community.  Hospitals all over the country use the translated articles on health issues provided by this national award winning organization. Commissioner Lee was born in China, raised in Hong Kong and Madera, California,.  She received a B.A. degree in Social Work from Fresno State University and a Master of Social Work Education degree from San Francisco State University.  She worked for the San Francisco Department of Social Services (Has been re-named Department of Human Resources) as a Child Welfare Social Worker in Foster Care Licensing, Day Care Licensing, Long Term Placement and Adoptions.  She also worked in the Southeast Asian Resettlement Program, workedto organize and facilitate training programs for foster and adoptive parents and worked as a Child Welfare Supervisor in charge of Adoptions.  She is now retired.

 

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Nazly Mohajer 

Commissioner Mohajer is a Computer Scientist and serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in systems and business development, real-estate development, international trade, and executive leadership. Ms. Mohajer worked for Control Data Corporation as a Systems Analyst on the Space Shuttle program for NASA Johnson Space Center and later as a Marketing Analyst for Cal State University systems. She headed the Visualization Applications segment for Tektronix focusing on multi-media and defense applications. She was the Vice President of Worldwide Marketing for IDC. Ms. Mohajer also started several successful businesses including a commodity trading company that exported and imported computers, food, apparel and textile products. She founded Minagratex Corporation, an international textile and apparel manufacturer with offices in the United States, Canada, Asia, Australia and South America. Nazly Mohajer is involved in many charitable and civic organizations and has served on a number of boards. With the efforts of Commissioner Mohajer, the Airport Commission and the TSA, the Transit Lounge was created at San Francisco International Airport to host visitors who are under review for admission to the United States. Prior to creation of this lounge, such visitors with no criminal background were held at the county jail overnight which led to violations of their human rights and created an unfavorable impression of San Francisco and the United States. In collaboration with the Commission on Status of Women, SAGE and NCJW, Commissioner Mohajer worked to start the human trafficking awareness campaign resulting in the creation of SF Collaborative Against Human Trafficking (SFCAHT). Today, SFCAHT consists of over 30-agencies working to end human trafficking. Commissioner Mohajer is the chair of Local Business Enterprise Advisory Committee.  

 

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 Michael Pappas

Michael G. Pappas 

Commissioner Pappas was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. He graduated from Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA) in 1983, after which he successively worked as a lobbyist, regional field director for a presidential campaign and investment banker for the oldest municipal bond firm in New Jersey. In 1987, he left the world of politics & finance and enrolled at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Brookline, MA) attaining an M.Div., with honors, in the class of 1992. An ordained priest of the Greek Orthodox Church, Michael served parishes in Palos Hills, IL, Stockton, CA, and San Francisco, CA. During his sixteen-year ministry, he was a prolific writer, contributing articles to numerous religious and secular periodicals. As well, he devoted energy to work with the homeless and further ecumenical/interfaith relationships. After transitioning from parish ministry in 2007, he was selected by the San Francisco Interfaith Council to the newly created administrative post of Executive Director. In his tenure as Executive Director Michael has helped increase the Council’s budget and programs substantially; strengthened existing and cultivated new relationships with civic leaders, NGO’s, judicatories and congregations; and significantly projected the SFIC through expanded use of technology. His recent (previous/current) board memberships include: San Francisco Disaster Council, San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement (Census Complete Count Committee), Advisory Board; San Francisco Assisi Sister City Committee; Board Member of the National Shrine of Saint Francis; United Religions Initiative North America Region Leadership Council; Board of Directors & Program Committee Chair of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio; The San Francisco Foundation FAITHS Advisory Board; Episcopal Charities Board of Trustees; Night Ministry Advisory Board Member; and most recently was appointed to a seat on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. He traveled to Turkey as a participant in the Pacifica Institute Cultural Exchange, attended the United Religions Initiative Global Assembly in Mayapur, India; the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne, Australia; and spent a week in New Orleans doing disaster relief. In May, 2013 he was appointed to the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Board of Directors. He is the father of two sons, George and Paul, and one daughter, Julia. He is a congregant at Grace Episcopal Cathedral in San Francisco, CA..

 

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Richard Pio Roda 

Richard D. Pio Roda is a Principal at the law firm of Meyers Nave. Richard provides legal counsel and transactional advice to cities, counties, special districts, and businesses throughout California. Richard specializes in public contracting and construction law, municipal governance, government ethics and conflicts of interest, land use, real estate, and education law. Richard currently serves as the Assistant City Attorney for the City of San Leandro, and General Counsel to the Rodeo Hercules Fire District, and the Mendocino County Community Development Commission. Prior to joining Meyers Nave, Richard was a Deputy General Counsel for the San Francisco Unified School District, where he was assigned to advise the District's Finance, Facilities, and Operations departments. Richard was also counsel to the Board of Education during its regular and committee meetings. Richard is on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, and several other non-profit boards throughout the Bay Area. He has also served as a special counsel and fundraising advisor to various arts and education organizations throughout California. Richard provides his skills as a professional auctioneer and fundraiser to non-profit and charitable organizations throughout the world. He has conducted auctions for Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the Bay Area, the American Cancer Society, various education foundations, humane societies, and international aid organizations, including the Philippine International Aid Foundation, the Children's Heritage Foundation, and the Tokyo English Lifeline (TELL). Richard graduated from the Texas Auction Academy in 1994. He then received a B.S. in Accounting, and a Minor in International Economics, cum laude, from the University of San Francisco. Richard received his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law, and became a member of the California Bar in 2001. Richard resides in Potrero Hill.

 

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Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet

Former Commission Chair Sweet is a San Francisco native who earned his law degree from UCLA. He is a Partner at the law firm of Fox Rothschild where he specializes in general civil litigation, restructuring and insolvency, and election law. He was appointed to the Human Rights Commission by Mayor Gavin Newsom in July 2007 and became Vice-Chair of the Commission in 2008 and Chair in 2010. Commissioner Sweet is active in many communities. He is the Past-president of the Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club of San Francisco. He also serves on the California State Democratic Party's Resolutions Committee and is Vice President of the San Francisco Metropolitan Jewish Community Relations Council. Commissioner Sweet Chair previously chaired the Rincon-Point/South Beach Citizen's Advisory Committee to the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and served as a member of the Port of San Francisco’s Cruise Terminal Advisory Committee. Commissioner Sweet lives in San Francisco's Ingleside Terraces neighborhood with his wife and two daughters. He is an avid runner who has completed more than 15 marathons.

 

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