Policy & Social Justice Division Overview

HRC's Policy & Social Justice Division collaborates closely with other governmental agencies, community based organizations and members of the community to address a wide range of civil rights and other related social justice issues affecting the residents of San Francisco..

Zoë Polk, Director of Policy Division

Zoë Polk, Director of Policy Division

Zoë Polk is a California licensed attorney with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctorate from St. John's University School of Law. Ms. Polk oversees enforcement of the Fair Chance ordinance, recruitment and curriculum for the HRC Law Clinic and HRC’s examination of the War on Drugs. She also represents the department on the steering committee for the Governing for Racial Equity Network and the California Human Relations Organization. As the lead trainer for HRC's Diversity, Sensitivity, and Cultural-Competency Trainings, she has conducted trainings all over the city and state, including at the Practising Law Institute, the San Francisco Federal Building, and the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Before joining HRC, Ms. Polk focused on federal civil rights litigation and taught law at UC Hastings and the East Bay Community Law Center. In addition, Ms. Polk has worked for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and served as a consultant to the UN Special Representative to the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict.  Ms. Polk has lectured at various institutions including UC Santa Cruz, Golden Gate University Law School, UC Hastings School of Law, San Francisco State University and  University of San Francisco Law School.

 David Miree

David C. Miree
David C. Miree has a BA in Political Science from the University of Tennessee/Knoxville, an MPA in Public Administration and a J.D. from UT College of Law. Mr. Miree has served as counsel to clients from marginalized communities at both administrative and trial levels. Mr. Miree joined HRC’s Policy & Social Justice Division in 2011 and is the lead coordinator for the agency's African American Community Empowerment Initiative (AACEI). In addition, Mr. Miree manages HRC’s communications and media relations. Prior to joining the HRC, Miree served as the Deputy Director of Communications and Deputy Director of Public Affairs for the City and County of San Francisco Mayor’s Office.

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Veronica Garcia

Veronica Garcia provides leadership and support to a number of different projects including the Equity Advisory Committee (which is currently focused on the city’s housing crisis and African American out-migration), in-house youth internship programs, and an initiative aimed at improving community relations between SFPD and San Francisco youth. Before joining the HRC, Ms. Garcia served as a Fellow with Urban Habitats Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute, was the President of the Ethnic Studies Student Organization at SF State University (SFSU), and a Base-Building Leader with Students Making A Change, a project of Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth. At Coleman Advocates, Ms. Garcia organized and trained community college students to advocate for education equity reforms at City College of San Francisco – and was instrumental in changing the placement testing policy. Also while at Coleman, she conceived of and founded a new project of the organization, Moms Making A Change, which provided leadership development, academic support, and life-skills training for teenage moms. Ms. Garcia is a proud San Francisco native and a first generation college graduate with a degree in Latino/Latina Studies from SFSU.

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Sneh Rao

Sneh Rao serves as Senior Policy Adviser and Budget Director at the Human Rights Commission. He oversees the Commission's violence prevention initiatives and works closely with minority groups on issues involving hate violence and discrimination. Before joining HRC, Mr. Rao was a director at an international human rights organization and advocated on a range of policy issues affecting political and economic rights in Latin America. He was also a fellow through the Thomas J. Watson Foundation and researched health and human rights issues affecting sex workers in South Africa, Brazil and Spain. In addition, Mr. Rao served with the office of former US Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin and provided support to Foreign Relations and Appropriations subcommittees. Mr. Rao speaks Gujarati, Spanish, Portuguese and French. He graduated magna cum laude from Macalester College and holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. 

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Noah Frigault 

Noah Frigault is a California-licensed attorney who has worked for various nonprofits in the Bay Area since 2006.  He is a graduate of University of California, Hastings College of the Law and was most recently a Consultant II at the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, where he conducted investigations of alleged discrimination in housing, public accommodations, and hate violence under applicable State law.  Mr. Frigault previously served as an extern as well as a Bridge Fellow for the Human Rights Commission, working in both the Policy and Social Justice and Discrimination Complaints Investigation and Mediation divisions. Mr. Frigault was also the Fair Housing Law Student Fellow at the East Bay Community Law Center, where he designed and implemented a housing discrimination testing program for EBCLC's Housing Unit.  Mr. Frigault currently sits on the City of Oakland Housing Residential Rent and Relocation Board as a tenant representative. 

 

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Mary Tramil

Ms. Tramil hails from a family of 15 children of the same parents. She was born 61 years ago on a tobacco farm in Clarksville, Tennessee. Although it was a family of 15 children,  they never received one dime of welfare nor any food or food stamps from the County Welfare Office.  They grew and raised their own food, eating organically before ever having heard the word ‘organic’.

Ms. Tramil, is an ex-Marine-Vietnam Era Veteran Military Police Officer-honorably discharged with metals, having served in Southern California and Okinawa, Japan. Prior to that she worked in the steel mills of Southern Indiana as well as earned an AA Degree from Lockyear College in Evansville, Indiana. After military service Ms. Tramil settled in San Francisco and attended SFSU earning a BA Degree in Labor Studies-----the study of labor and labor unions under the School of Economics.

After graduation, she began her  work in Labor Standards and Construction Apprenticeship Job Placements for people from the inter-city communities in San Francisco, Ca.  This work attracted the San Francisco Human Rights Commission to hire her in 1998. From that time up to the present she’s worked in several capacities of Contract Compliance to include: Labor Standards, monitoring and enforcing Employment goals in contracts, reviewing City Contracts and LBE bids for compliance and equity in City Contracting. She has a limited amount of experience in investigating Airport Tenants’ discrimination complaints involving employment. For the most recent past 3 years, she worked solely in Certification of small businesses for the City’s Contract Monitoring Division under the General Service Agency. All in all, her career in Affirmative Action and Contract Compliance Programs span’s over 26 years, having started at a Community Based Organization in the San Francisco Western Addition District also known as the Fillmore District. She has been with the City for 16 ½ years.

Ms. Tramil has worked ”to give back” by training Community Based Organizations, City College’s work program, some high schools in the City, EDD and one City Department (DHR) in construction hiring. The training was all in teaching staff how to prepare and place their clients and employment applicants in the Building Trades’ State Approved Apprenticeship Programs. All of these programs pay above the minimum wage along with paid benefits and are career opportunities that lead up to becoming Teachers in the schools of the Programs, Construction Managers, Estimators, Project Managers, Project Engineers and Owners of their own construction firms.

Ms. Tramil looks forward with great anticipation to be able to continue to bring good things to City’s residents thru her new employment with the Policy and Social Justice Division of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.