Equity Advisory Committee (EAC)

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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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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 2017 Commission Meeting Agendas and Minutes

2017 Meeting Schedule

January 2017 - NO MEETING

February 8, 2017 

March 8, 2017

 April 12, 2017 

May 10, 2017

June 2017 - NO MEETING

July 12, 2017

August 9, 2017

September 13, 2017 

October 11, 2017

November 8, 2017

December 13, 2017 


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

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Committee Staff



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

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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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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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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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Rebecca Fan

American social scientist & practitioner of human rights. Her work is interdisciplinary informed by socio-legal studies, international human rights law, anthropology, and data science. She is an experienced lecturer (UG & PG levels). She also has professional experience working with NGOs (e.g. Amnesty International) and policy advocacy initiatives at regional and global forums such as the United Nations.


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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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