Equity Advisory Committee (EAC)

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ABOUT

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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 currently maintains two Working Groups, including the African American Out Migration working group and the Housing Crisis work group.

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MEETINGS SCHEDULE, AGENDAS & MINUTES

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.

View 2016 Commission Meeting Agendas and Minutes

2016 Meeting Schedule

January 13, 2016

January 23, 2016 (Special Meeting)

February 10, 2016

March 9, 2016

 April 13, 2016 

May 11, 2016

July 13, 2016

August 10, 2016

September 14, 2016 

October 12, 2016

November 9, 2016

December 14, 2016 

 

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

Committee Staff

Email

Telephone

Veronica Garcia Veronica.Garcia@sfgov.org (415) 252-2513

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COMMITTEE MEMBERS

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Leticia Alcantar

Leticia Alcantar has over 25 years of experience in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors with expertise in the areas of social and racial justice, youth development and organizing, economic and environmental justice. Leticia worked as a program officer, director of programs, and as an executive director at various institutional and family foundations including the Akonadi, Tides and Hill-Snowdon foundations. Currently, she is a principal founder of Lighthouse Philanthropy Advisors. Throughout her career, Leticia has served as a consultant to foundations and nonprofit organizations where she provided personalized and impactful advice to an array of clients. Leticia started her career as a social justice attorney where she focused on defending the environmental and economic rights of community groups and individuals throughout California. Leticia serves on the boards of People Organizing to Demand Environmental Rights and Grassroots International, Inc. In 2010, she received a Women Making History award from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Leticia has a B.A in Political Science and La Raza Studies from San Francisco State and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco. A native San Franciscan, Leticia and her husband live in San Francisco and are the proud parents of two remarkable sons.

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Dina Austin

Dina Austin works for City & County of San Francisco since 1992 at the Human Services Agency.  She is originally from Guatemala and has lived in San Francisco for 28 years. She is an advocate for social justice and has worked as a volunteer for the SF Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights. She has a law degree from San Francisco Law School and a Teaching Credential from Guatemala.  Throughout the years Dina has volunteered with several community organizations to help those in need particularly immigrant families.

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Vanessa Banks

Vanessa Banks is a born native of San Francisco Bayview Hunters Point, mother of three children. Born into a family of community activist, her parents served in the mid 1960’s Vanessa’ continue to engage in serving in her community. 2012 she found Friends of Youngblood Coleman Park, aiming to promote healthy living, education and community partnerships amongst residents and our entities. Vanessa earned her Community Health, Post Prison Youth Worker certificate from CCSF. Vanessa currently focusing on her higher learning to later serve as a teacher.

 Paul Day

Paul Day 

Paul Day is an account manager at the PR firm The Bulleit Group. 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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Jessie Fernandez

Jessie Fernandez was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. As an undergrad, he worked on issues ranging from increasing administrative and trustee accountability to organizing against predatory remittance services. His education as a Race and Resistance Studies minor guides his focus on development and city planning.

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Morris Green Jr.

Morris Green Jr. is a native of New York City. He is a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and School of Urban & Regional Planning.  He earned his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering 1999 and two (2) graduate masters’ degrees in M.U.P Urban & Regional Planning 2003 and M.Eng in Industrial Engineering 2004. He has experience working oversees in Japan teaching English for two (2) years and learning about Japanese culture and language. While in Japan, he traveled to over 12 different countries (mostly in Africa and Asia) and during his spare time he continues to travel to other countries, looking to broaden his knowledge and learn about different cultures. Besides teaching in Japan, he also has extensive work experience in wastewater treatment, water distribution, manufacturing, quality assurance, construction, transportation, ISO 9000 implementation, auditing, community development, foreign affairs and urban & environmental planning.  Currently, Mr. Green Jr. is working as an engineer/planner treating wastewater, controlling odors, preparing technical reports and procedures, and inspecting/improving the quality process and efficiencies of wastewater treatment facilities in San Francisco, CA. With his international persona, common sense, street smarts, education, outreach and experience Mr. Green is hoping to successfully have his own business someday in providing clean water to people who desperately need it around the world.  He is also looking to use renewable/clean energy and tree planting strategies to restore the environment back to its original state.  Lastly, Mr. Green would like to address and solve equity issues that affect communities of color, for example, gentrification; affordable housing; employment and advancement opportunities; discrimination; lack of quality education; unbalance and inequality in the criminal justice system; human rights and environmental issues; homelessness/mental health issues; business development & ownership; and lack of amenities, programs and infrastructure support for communities of need.

 Anela Jenkins

Angela R. Jenkins 
Angela R. Jenkins is a retired 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.  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. Board and Organization leadership experience includes serving on the board of trustees of an international non-profit, implementing policies, authoring proposals, while overseeing region budget development, and managing budget processes for committees vital to the organization’s success inside of footprint covering two states and all of the country of Mexico. Her tenure broke new ground in the area of inclusiveness. She is an honors graduate of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.  As a precursor to her current work in unconscious bias, her graduate study extended work on the correlation between faith and community service. Angela’s track record of success in moving executive boards toward equitable polices put to immediate use skills gained in USDA’s Executive Leadership Program.  She is also a graduate of Urban Habitat’s Boards, Leadership, and Commission Institute (BCLI) receiving appointments to the Equity Advisory Committee under San Francisco’s Human Rights Commission as well as a SF Board of Supervisors’ appointment to SF’s Veterans Affairs Commission.

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Adam Mehis

Adam Mehis' graduate education in Ethnic Studies and Cultural Studies in Education has provided him with the academic toolkits to address many of the concerns San Francisco is encountering. Adam is connected through a variety of networks to stay community engaged and linked with fellow community members in order to listen to a diverse set of concerns. My engagement roots me in the heart of various communities and builds solidarity with other marginalized people. Some of his work has addressed opportunity gaps to quality education, access to HIV/AIDS healthcare, discriminatory application of the death penalty, and San Francisco’s housing crisis. 

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Irene Phan

Irene Phan is currently a program coordinator at Charity Cultural Services Center. For the past year and counting, Irene has worked with both internal and external partners such as individuals from the City and County of San Francisco, Community Based Organizations and Schools to assist individuals with entering into the Construction workforce sector. Prior to working as a program coordinator, she was at University of California, Davis working towards a Bachelors in Human Development and a minor in Communications. During her time there, she participated in various community service events where she gained a deeper understanding of the community’s background. Irene is a passionate individual who strives to assist the community on both a personal and one from the background level. 

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Azalea Renfield

Azalea Renfield is the Founder & CEO of United Educators Association for Affordable Housing (UEAAH). She also works for the City and County of San Francisco Human Services Agency. Azalea brings her business acumen and passion to advocate for fair and equal treatment to the EAC. She has worked in public policy, human resources, nonprofits, education, and housing (just to name a few). She is truly a public servant who only wants to establish equity for the disenfranchised of San Francisco. Azalea doesn’t accept the world as she see it. She believes that everyone should always have the basic necessities of life no matter what the circumstances may be. Azalea has a bachelor’s in American Politics and Communication from the University of California, San Diego. She also has earned her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco (USF), and a Master's in Human Resource Management from Golden Gate University (GGU).  Lastly, Azalea has had the honor of being appointed by the President of Municipal Management Association of Northern California, to serve on the Community Services 2016 Policy Committee for the League of California Cities. Azalea truly embraces the USF motto to “change to world from here”, and she plans to do exactly that! 

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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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Jennifer Salerno

Jennifer Salerno has recently transitioned from a position as a financial aid counselor to a career in financial advising. She is focused on infusing the principles and practices of human rights education and social justice into the work that she does in finance. Her professional goals consist of encouraging clients to make socially responsible investments that do not have a harmful impact on people or the environment. She is also committed to reaching out to communities that have been historically excluded from participating in financial planning, saving, and investing. Jennifer is currently completing her thesis for her Master's in Human Rights Education, which she is earning at the University of San Francisco. She believes strongly in the philosophy that human rights education can be practiced anywhere, whether it be in a traditional classroom setting or in the community. Jennifer holds a BA in political science from the University of San Francisco

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Katherine Schaff

Kathi Schaff is honored to serve a second year on the Equity Advisory Council and support the Human Rights Commission’s work to secure, protect, and promote human rights for all people. She is especially interested in addressing social factors that affect health inequities, including the housing crisis and displacement in San Francisco. She recently completed the Doctor of Public Health program at University of California Berkeley, where she focused on local health departments addressing the foreclosure crisis as a public health issue. At the Alameda County Public Health Department, she works with other staff, non-profits, government agencies, community groups, and residents to address criminal justice, economics, education, housing, land use, and transportation policies that affect health. She is also part of a group of public health students and workers that formed in response to the organizing happening in Ferguson and the Black Lives Matter movement. Before moving to the Bay area, Katherine worked at the National Association of County and City Health Officials in Washington, DC. She received her BA in Sociology and International Studies from the University of Denver and her Master of Public Health from UC Berkeley. 

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