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EQUITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE (EAC)

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ABOUT

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EAC 2013 Retreat

The Equity Advisory Committee

In early 2009, the Human Rights Commission Chair consolidated the Commission’s Issues Advisory Committee and Employment Advisory Committee, forming the Equity Advisory Committee. The Equity Advisory Committee (EAC) tackles a wide range of issues, including: human trafficking, homelessness, environmental and criminal justice, immigration, healthcare, senior quality of life, youth and education, housing access, workforce diversity and equality of opportunity. The EAC maintains four Working Groups specializing in education employment, housing and immigration. The EAC currently maintains four Working Groups, including the Education Working Group, the Employment Working Group, the Housing Working Group and the Immigration Working Group.

 

 

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MEETINGS SCHEDULE, AGENDAS & MINUTES

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The EAC meets on the second Wednesday of each month, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the main conference room of the HRC.  

2014 Meeting Schedule

January 8, 2014
February 12, 2014
March 12, 2014
April 9, 2014
May 14, 2014
June 11, 2014
July 9, 2014
August 13, 2014 
September 10, 2014
October 8, 2014
November 12, 2014
December 10, 2014  

 

To view agendas and minutes from past EAC meetings, please choose from the following list:

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COMMISSION MEMBERS

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STAFF MEMBERS

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Committee Staff

Email

Telephone

Zoe Polk Zoe.Polk@sfgov.org (415) 252-2517

 

 

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COMMUNITY MEMBERS

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 Joe Calderon

 Joe Calderon

Joseph “Joe” Calderon currently works as an Outreach Coordinator and Workforce Ambassador for Magic Zone, a non-profit that serves kindergarten through transitional-aged youth in the Western Addition district of San Francisco. Joe continually organizes community events that help find solutions to the community’s pressing needs in education, employment and social justice. His expertise is in the complexities surrounding the reentry population; including substance abuse and social-economic challenges. Joe’s first hand experience include serving seventeen years in prison and a facilitator for Criminals and Gang Members Anonymous. He has a passion for working with multicultural and disenfranchised populations. He is now a deeply invested father and community member who wants improve the conditions for those reentering society. Joe will be completing his AA Degree at San Francisco City College (CCSF) this May in Behavior Sciences.

 

 Larry Chatmon

Larry Chatmon

Larry Chatmon is a father of four children and a grandfather. He is an ordained Deacon in the Catholic Church, a member of St. Paul of the Shipwreck in the Bayview District for over 25 years, a member of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Advisory Committee, an Executive Board member of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus and Vice President of the National Association of Black Catholic Deacons. He has just recently retired from the San Francisco Human Services Agency (HSA) after 16 years of service.

He has spent over 15 years as a workforce development specialist, working for such agencies as the Bay Area Urban League, the Private Industry Council (PIC) and Friends Outside. His work has included serving as Co-Chair of the Committee of Contracting Agencies for the PIC, the development and implementation of the One-Stop System in San Francisco and the redesign of the Food Stamp Employment and Training (FSET) Program for HSA. He has more recently done work as a Sr. Contract Manager for HSA responsible for contracts, budgets, procurement and monitoring in the areas of Family & Children Services, Housing & Homeless and Adult & Senior Services.

He is a graduate of Macalester College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a holds a Bay Area Social Services Consortium (BASSC) certificate in Executive Management from U.C. Berkeley. He is also a past President of the Bay Area Association of Black Social Workers.

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 Jennifer Cust

Jennifer Cust

Jennifer Cust is a housing rights activist organizing alongside long-term San Franciscan’s facing eviction, with the direct action group, Eviction Free San Francisco. Jennifer also helps administer tenants’ rights counseling for the San Francisco Tenants Union. Prior to her work with housing rights organizations, Jennifer was active volunteering and organizing on her UC Santa Cruz college campus where she majored in Psychology and History of Arts and Visual Cultures. During her time in Santa Cruz, Jennifer worked for the Elections Department where she conducted voter’s rights outreach, assisted elderly and disabled voters and helped with election operations. Growing up in the Central Valley, Jennifer was involved in community organizing from a young age and sat on The Modesto Youth Council for many years, where she helped write grants for educational programs and other city-wide events as well as advised the Modesto City Council on issues facing local youth.

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 Paul Day

Paul Day 

Paul Day is the manager of events and communications for the UC San Francisco Office of Diversity and Outreach. Paul works with internal and external partners to nurture the diversity pipeline of UCSF's faculty, staff and student populations. Prior to moving to San Francisco 13 years ago, he worked in Washington, DC advocating for the rights of our veterans community. Paul’s passion for social justice and equity is evidenced in his involvement with the marriage equality debate. He was a co-organizer of the Equality Summit that took place in Los Angeles in the wake of the 2008 election. Paul graduated from the College of Charleston in 1994 with a B.A. in Linguistics and a minor in International Studies. He is honored to be serving on the Equity Advisory Committee with other dedicated and passionate members of the San Francisco community.

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 Ariana Flores

 Ariana Flores

Ariana Flores is a law fellow at Equal Rights Advocates, a non-profit legal organization that seeks to expand access and opportunities for women and girls in the areas of employment and education. She has a law degree from the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, WA, where she was a William H. Gates Public Service Law Scholar, and a degree in political science from Tufts University in Medford, MA. Ariana has contributed to a variety social justice causes, and has advocated for universal health care, immigration reform, an end to the violence on the US-Mexico border, against Proposition 8 in California, and in support of numerous workers’ rights campaigns. Ariana has worked for organizations around the country, advocating for the rights of marginalized communities, including for Jobs with Justice and Family Equality Council in Boston, MA; Paso del Norte Civil Rights Project in El Paso, TX; and the Bronx Defenders in New York City.

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 Rick Hauptman

Rick Hauptman 

For 40 years Rick Hauptman has been advocating for underrepresented communities, especially people of color and women. He has worked on behalf of homelessness, environmental justice, immigration, healthcare, senior quality of life, youth and education, criminal justice, housing access, workforce, diversity, and equality of opportunity. Rick has worked alongside Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Harvey Milk, Tom Ammiano, Chris Daly, Harry Britt, and other progressives. He has held numerous positions, among them Vice President of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club; Vice President for the Nation Organization for Women; Outreach Chair for the Cesar Chavez Celebration Birthday Committee; Executive Director of the Harvey Milk Memorial Education Commitee; and President of the SF Relocation Appeals Board. He has supported SF Jobs with Justice, SF Immigration Rights Committee, Transit Justice Coaliton, SF Tenant's Union, Committee to Save Lyon-Martin Health Clinic, Healthcare for All, and Tenants Together.

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 Anela Jenkins

Angela R. Jenkins 

Angela R. Jenkins is the fifth of eight children born to parents who ingrained into all eight of their children a volume of virtues like honesty, trustworthiness, faithfulness and a respect for ethical authority. She maintains this simple, sensible nature by focusing on honoring the memory of her parents’ everyday lessons. Her grassroots community work garnered interviews in local and national media; from Newsweek, Associated Press, and front-page recognition in the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is a civil servant with a long career working inside public and private organizations to bring harmony to the cognitive dissonance between good intentions and actual impact. She has been a member of the board of trustees for an international non-profit implementing policies, authoring proposals, breaking new ground in the area of inclusiveness and communication. During her board tenure, she had oversight of region budget development, managing budget processes for committees vital to the organization’s success. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. As a precursor to her current work in unconscious bias, her graduate work replicated the correlation between volunteerism and religiosity.

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 Allen Jones

 Allen Jones

 I am the seventh of ten children. Born in Denver Colorado in 1956, I have lived in San Francisco since 1960. A high school graduate with no college; I love what life have taught and continues to teach me. From 1983 to 1993 I was a Bible study teacher to teenage felons housed at the San Francisco juvenile hall. Currently, I am a prison reform activists. My autobiography, "Case Game - Activating the Activist", published in 2010 is on the shelf in three branches of the San Francisco Public Library. My favorite word is challenge and I love to challenge young people. My favorite food is, food. I don't count brussels sprouts as food.

 

 

 

 

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 Erin Le

Erin Le

Erin Le is an attorney who specializes in helping low-income clients who need access to public benefits, health care coverage, safe housing, and unemployment benefits. Through her training in law and public health, and her work with several Medical-Legal Partnerships, she has learned to look for the socio-economic roots of health disparities and works toward minimizing such inequity. She is also a former 2nd grade teacher. In the fall of 2010, she served as an SF HRC legal intern, during which time she processed discrimination complaints in employment and public accommodation, helped to organize a public hearing on surveillance in Muslim, Arab and Middle Eastern Communities, and created a draft implementation plan for a City ordinance requiring agencies and NGOs that work with youth to participate in annual LGBT-sensitivity training. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College, Northeastern University School of Law, and Tufts University School of Public Health.

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 Andy Lobban

Andy Lobban

The Rev. Andrew Lobban is an Episcopal Priest, currently a member of the clergy staff at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Andrew has had extensive experience teaching in public schools and working for non-profits and faith institutions in urban areas including the Bay Area, Chicago, and San Antonio, TX. Coming from ethnically and culturally mixed roots and having been immersed in even more diverse surroundings in young adulthood, Andrew has a passion for facilitating dialogue and reconciliation among populations divided by race, class, religion, and/or culture. In his current position, Andrew's primary work involves both overseeing direct service to people's affected by homelessness, hunger, or incarceration as well as assessing and addressing the root causes of these conditions. 

 

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 Patricia Pittman

Patricia Pittman Mitchell

Patricia Pittman Mitchell is a native San Franciscan residing in the southeastern sector of town. Her interest are promoting Equity and Human Rights Issues. As a child of the Civil Rights Movement, she learned her community organizing, leadership and organizational skills while developing youth programs at Olivet Presbyterian Church; where she was also a Youth Minister, and at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House and the Police Athletic League.

Patricia has worked for the Mission Rebels delivering food to the homeless. She recently spent an entire year teaching novices to speak English as a 2nd Language at the Missionaries of Charity of Blessed Mother Teresa here in San Francisco, and recently worked logistics at the Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina for the Obama re-election campaign.

Patricia adopted the Drum Major Instinct early in life. She learned from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that everyone can be great, because everyone can serve. For her additional enjoyment, she produces Chapter Books that document significant historical experiences, such as her viewing of the 150th showing of the Emancipation Proclamation in Washington, D.C. on January 1, 2013. She owns an extensive mobile collection of African American Historical artifacts that she displays in various communities through out San Francisco and the Bay Area during Black History Month.
Patricia’s professional experience includes teaching English as a 2nd language to immigrants at City College of San Francisco. She has trained women in Africa for the League of Women Voters of the United States, in the Women In Power in Politics: Building Grassroots Democracy in Nigeria, in 2000. She has been KQED’s Women History Month Local Hero, March 2001, and March 20, 2001 was proclaimed “ Patricia Mitchell Day in San Francisco” by Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr.
Patricia holds an M.A. in Humanities and Leadership from New College of California, B.A. in Political Science, San Francisco State University, California Community College Life Credential, Legal Assistant, Class 1 and is an Early Childhood Educator.

For hobbies, she travels and writes stories and designs jewelry. She is married and has two lovely daughters, Wynterpatrice & Meaghan Markietta Mitchell, and two cats, Bentley & Little Bear.
 

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Raquel Santiago

Raquel Santiago has served as the Chief Executive Officer for Disabled Students Association at San Francisco State University since 2006. For the last 10 years, she has advocated for people with disabilities in the LGBTQQYIA community and is currently working pro-bono as an appointed non-attorney representative for SSI recipients. Raquel also works as a peer counselor and certified in Mental Health Advocacy, and is working on a psychology degree at San Francisco State University with a double minor in counseling and special education vocational rehabilitation. She has recently started an internship at the San Francisco County Jail working with inmates as a case manager in programs to help inmates transition and reduce recidivism. Raquel is dedicated to equality for all people, no matter their walk of life.

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 Jeremey Schwartz

Jeremy Schwartz

Jeremy Schwartz joins the Equity Advisory Committee having most recently worked with Organizing for America in North Carolina during the 2012 presidential campaign. Prior to his time in Charlotte, Jeremy worked in Wells Fargo’s investment banking and private equity divisions. Jeremy currently leads World Possible, an education technology nonprofit which provides offline educational libraries to developing communities around the globe. Additionally, Jeremy works to provide financial advisory services to developing social enterprises throughout California. Jeremy graduated UCLA in 2004 with a dual degree in political science and business economics.

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 Robert Stahl

 Robert Stahl

Robert (Bobby) Stahl is currently a graduate student at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Prior to attending graduate school, Bobby proudly spent several years working to influence housing, economic, and climate related policies and improve conditions in the neighborhoods and communities of historically marginalized groups in the Bay Area. Bobby is committed to highlighting the importance of social equity, human dignity, and political inclusion to human health, and is honored to contribute to the work of the SF Human Rights Commission’s Equity Advisory Committee. Bobby has also spent time as a high school basketball coach in the Mission district, where he currently lives; he is originally from the Texas-Mexico border but has called San Francisco home for more than 5 years. Bobby is a graduate of the University of Texas and recently completed the first level of La Escuelita de la Libertad (Little Freedom School) in the autonomous Zapatista region of Chiapas, Mexico. 
 

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