Equal Pay Advisory Board

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The Equal Pay Advisory Board

“Equal Pay for Equal Work” is a call heard throughout the nation, and in San Francisco, lawmakers acted by passing an Equal Pay Ordinance in December 2014.  The Ordinance requires contractors and subcontractors that do business on large projects with the City to submit an Equal Pay Report on compensation paid to employees, and establishes an Equal Pay Advisory Board.  The task of the Equal Pay Advisory Board is to analyze and recommend the best methods of data collection that will identify wage gaps based on gender and race, and that will minimize the burden on City contractors in providing the data.  In 2015, seven Equal Pay Advisory Board members were appointed to work closely with the Human Rights Commission to fulfill the goals and duties set forth in the Equal Pay Ordinance. 

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View 2016 Commission Meeting Agendas and Minutes

2015 Meeting Schedule

July 29, 2015

April 16, 2015  Minutes

May 11, 2015  Minutes

May 18, 2015  Minutes

June 1, 2015  Minutes

June 15, 2015 Minutes

August 31, 2015

September 21, 2015

October 27, 2015 Minutes

November 17, 2016 Minutes



Board Staff



Mullane Ahern Mullane.Ahern@sfgov.org (415) 252-2514

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  • Seat 1: Utuma Belfrey
  • Seat 2: Rachael Langston
  • Seat 3: Marisa Diaz
  • Seat 4: Dolores Blanding
  • Seat 5: Dilraj Kahai
  • Seat 6: Anu Menon
  • Seat 7: Margi English

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Utma Belfrey, Advisory Board Vice Chair

Utuma Belfrey is a San Francisco native. She is a working member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers  Union local #6 (IBEW L.U #6) since 1999. In 2007, Utuma founded Sustainable Futures, Inc.: a consulting firm that works with trade unions, contractors, and government agencies to facilitate and develop projects in the federal, public and private sectors that truly create sustainable changes for individuals in under represented and underserved communities. Utuma is passionate and dedicated to helping to ensure that San Francisco will remain a place of opportunity for her children and grandchildren to live and work

Seat 1: A person who works in or represents workers in an industry where wage discrimination is common


Rachael Langston, Advisory Board Chair

Rachael Langston is a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center, where she began her career as a Skadden Fellow in 2008. Rachael represents workers who face discrimination based on their disability, gender, sex, or status as a survivor of domestic violence or sexual assault. She also provides community education regarding employment protections available to workers, and participates in legislative advocacy to expand these protections. Rachael received her J.D. in 2008 from the University of California, Berkeley.

Seat 2: A person who has worked as a discrimination or employment lawyer with an emphasis on gender equity


Marisa Diaz

Marisa Diaz is from the East Bay and has lived in San Francisco for the last seven years. Currently, Marisa is a civil rights attorney at Equal Rights Advocates, where she focuses on issues of discrimination against women workers. Through this work, Marisa is part of a state-wide effort to support the passage of the Fair Pay Act (SB 358), a law that would strengthen California’s Equal Pay Act. Prior to joining Equal Rights Advocates, Marisa worked alongside immigrant domestic workers and low-income women entrepreneurs, represented low-wage workers and an immigrant woman in removal proceedings, and worked on behalf of California prisoners with disabilities. Marisa has also worked on women’s rights issues in Mexico and indigenous rights issues in Latin America. 

Seat 3: A person with expertise on discrimination against women of color


Dolores Blanding

Dolores Blanding has twenty-three years of professional human resources experience with the City and County of san Francisco in a variety of HR roles.  Dolores acquired strong generalist experience and in managing employee/labor relations, personnel administration and payroll activities.  Dolores managed programs for City departments such as workers compensation, ADA, FMLA, and Pull Notice program.  Since 2009, Dolores has been working as a Proposition F employee performing high-level human resources activities for various City departments.  In addition, Dolores worked for Action for Bridgeport Community Development Inc. at its Institute of Training for Employment (ITE), a federally-funded program which provided services and training to undereducated and under-skilled adults to better prepare them for the workforce.  Past Board memberships include Children and Family Services of Fairfield County, CT, Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic, and IT Bookman Community Center in San Francisco.

Seat 4: A person who works in human resources responsible for diversity


Dilraj Kahai

Dilraj Kahai started his career as a Systems Analyst and Business Process Analyst consultant for large, intractable problems with fortune 500 companies such as All State, Pacific Bell and other multinational companies.  In 1997, Dilraj was founding partner of 21Tech to solve business problems for large companies with elegant, efficient, and cutting edge solutions that provided maximum ROI to the clients. Dilraj grew that company from being self-employed to having 80 employees today.  He charted a course through Telecommunications, Public Sector and Utility companies, significantly increasing efficiency and productivity with innovative solutions.  As an accomplished C-Level IT executive, Dilraj has 17 years of senior leadership leading high growth technology companies in IT services, operational improvements, and business development in major IT verticals: Asset Management Solutions, Building Permits, licenses and Planning, Business Intelligence, Taxation, and General Project and Program Management.

Seat 5: A person who owns a small or medium size business that has contracted with the City and County of San Francisco 


Anu Menon

Anu Menon is passionate about helping develop robust, healthy, vibrant communities. Anu was the founding Director of Admissions and Operations at Presidio Knolls School, a start-up Mandarin-immersion school in San Francisco. Prior to that she was the Associate Director of the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women where she developed innovative and internationally recognized women's and human rights programs, including a series of roundtables bringing corporations and government together to improve the private sector workplace for women. Anu has extensive experience with both domestic civil rights and international human rights issues. She has worked on human rights concerns for women and people of color at the ACLU of Northern California, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, Stanford Community Law Clinic, and Human Rights First. Anu holds a BA from Stanford University, a MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Seat 6:  A person who has worked in quantitative gender analysis, including statistics


Margi English

Ms. English is the current Executive Director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Most recently, she served in the capacity of Director of Development for St. Vincent de Paul in preparation for the transition to the current position.  Previously, she served as Director of Development at the San Francisco Film Society where she oversaw all fundraising efforts as well as management of development staff and work with the Society’s Board of Directors.  Ms. English served also as Executive Director of Development and Communications for the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa  Office and maintains a secret level clearance.  Prior to this non-profit, public sector work, Ms. English was Founder / President of Lumina Pictures, LLC, a Los Angeles feature film development and production company, where she raised investment financing from Wall Street and private investors.  Ms. English holds a Bachelors of Science in Organizational Behavior and Leadership from University of San Francisco’s School of Management. She is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Non-Profit Leadership Program and holds current professional certifications as both a PHR and PMP.

Seat 7: A person employed by a nonprofit organization that contracts with the City

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