Our dear past GGBC president and current great pal, Cathy Scharetg has been working with the Marine Semper Fi Fund for many years and has become an ambassador to this fine organization. Come learn more about how Semper Fi Fund supports our returning troops who are dealing with considerable challenges upon getting back to civilian life.
WELCOME BACK HERO'S DAY! For decades, Hero's day has been our opportunity to say thank you to our local first responders including the SFPD and the SFFD. This year we'll be honoring select folks who have demonstrated true brave and courage in the line of duty. A great event to bring your kids and special guests.
Richard Corriea's presentation is sure to be an interesting perspective about his 34 year career in law enforcement. From his time as a deputy sheriff to becoming commander of SFPD''s metro division, you can expect to hear some interesting anecdotes, lessons learned, personal safety advice and some "inside baseball" about public safety in San Francisco.
The mission of the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach.
Ms. Meyer has been executive director of San Francisco Suicide Prevention for over twenty-five years and is frequently a spokesperson on suicide issues.
The Living New Deal has undertaken an ambitious rediscovery of the New Deal's forgotten legacy and has begun mapping the New Deal's accomplishments in California and now the United States. This projects is dedicated to cataloging the thousands of New Deal Structures and artwork in every state.
Donald H. Kagin, Ph.D. has unique credentials as a numismatic authority. He earned the first Bachelor of Arts degree in Numismatics granted by Northwestern University, simultaneously earning another B.A. in History. Graduate and post graduate studies at the Union Institute and University, Northwestern, Drake and Johns Hopkins Universities along with the American Numismatic Association, the American Numismatic Society and Smithsonian Institution earned Don the first doctorate in numismatics ever granted in the United States.
Dr. Kagin’s numismatic fields of expertise are in Pioneer gold coins, United States currency and numismatic investments. He authored the most comprehensive book to date in his field, Private Gold Coins and Patterns of the United States, which won the Numismatic Literary Guild’s “Best Book of the Year” award. Don contributes to the Official Guide to United States Coins, the Coin and Currency Dealer Newsletter, which he founded, and regularly features articles in the nation’s leading numismatic periodicals. Dr. Kagin has received the coveted Heath Literary Award for several of his articles. His work can be found in national publications such as Money magazine, U.S. News and World Report, Barron’s and the Wall Street Journal. He has also lectured and taught across the United States, conducted seminars and educational forums, and made several radio and television appearances including Good Morning America and multiple shows on the History Channel.
Joel Engardio is an award-winning columnist for the San Francisco Examiner. He also directs public relations efforts for the national non-profit Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. Previously, Engardio was a communications strategist for the American Civil Liberties Union.
Engardio won the sole endorsement of the San Francisco Chronicle when he ran for District 7 supervisor in 2012. Engardio holds a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Bert Hill is our esteemed fellow Breakfast Clubber and past President of the Golden Gate Breakfast Club in addition to being one of San Francisco's greatest proponents of bicycle use. Bert's focus for many years has been bicycle safety and as one of the earliest members of the SF Bicycle Coalition, Bert takes bicycle commuting seriously. Bert takes annual treks on his trusted bicycle and this week he'll be sharing his experience from his recent journey. Come join us this Wednesday as Bert shares tales from the road. Knowing Bert, he's going to have one heck of a story. Bert walks the talk, come give his talk a listen.
Chris spent her childhood growing up on the East Coast in Maryland. She spent her summers in Maine. She received her from Unity College Unity, Maine. She then transferred to Dominican University in San Rafael, CA where she received her B.A. in Environmental Education in 1983.
Chris started career as a Park Ranger at the National Park Service at Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) in the Marin Headlands. She also did a short stint on Alcatraz as well. Upon her release from Alcatraz she went to work in the Regional Office for the U.S. Forest Service-Pacific Southwest Region.
Jennifer is currently the Executive Director of the Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco. She has worked for the Coalition for 19 years, as Executive Director, as organizing director, substance abuse and mental health work group coordinator and fundraiser. Previous to coming to San Francisco, Jennifer was Director of the Hunger and Homeless Action Coalition of San Mateo County. Ms. Friedenbach has a long history of community organizing, and has worked on a range of poverty-related issues including welfare rights, housing, homeless prevention, health care, disability, and human and civil rights.
Representing District 2 in San Francisco, which includes the Presidio, Marina, Cow Hollow, Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights, Anza Vista, Laurel Heights, Jordan Park, the Lake Street corridor, Sea Cliff and parts of Russian Hill. Supervisor Farrell was elected in November 2010 by the voters of District 2, after his first campaign for elected office. Supervisor Farrell currently serves Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, as a Member of the City and School District Committee, as a Member of the Transportation Authority, as a Member of the Transportation Authority’s Finance Committee, as a Member of the State Legislation Committee, as a Member of the Health Service System Board, as a Mayoral appointee to the League of California Cities, on the Department of Emergency Management Disaster Council, on the San Francisco America's Cup Organizing Committee, and on the 2016-17 Super Bowl Bid Committee.
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla is the Executive Director for Restore the Delta. Prior to joining the campaign, Ms. Barrigan-Parrilla served as the Business Development Manager for the Planning and Conservation League in Sacramento. Ms. Barrigan-Parrilla has also taught English in the California community college system, served as a field representative for the Oakland local of the California Federation of Teachers, worked in marketing and customer service for The Disney Channel, and served as Executive Director for Manifest Press and Literary Arts Center also in Oakland.
Mr. Silvestri has dedicated the past 22 years to community service and the past decade to nonprofit, charitable and philanthropic work.
Mr. Silvestri has been involved in the design, planning and real estate development business his entire adult life. In 1980 he founded Tiburon Group which over a period of 25 years offered architecture, planning and affordable housing development services, financial underwriting and real estate brokerage services and participated in a variety of real estate partnerships and investments. Tiburon Group helped develop approximately 2,000 units of Section 8 affordable housing using low income housing tax credit financing. Tiburon Group has also acted as a real estate investment advisor to private, corporate and institutional clients.
Dr. Overbeck is a veteran educator who has served children as a middle and high school teacher, a college professor and a school leader. For four decades, he has had the privilege to work with hundreds of talented, dedicated teachers in seven different school districts. He has recently retired as Assistant Superintendent of Xenia Community Schools (Ohio) after leading that district through fourteen consecutive years of academic improvement, moving the district from Academic Emergency in 2000 to a District of Excellence in 2008.
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III named David J. Johnson special agent in charge of the San Francisco Division. He most recently served as the special agent in charge of the Salt Lake City Division. In this role, he oversaw FBI operations and personnel in Utah, Idaho, and Montana.
Mr. Johnson entered on duty with the FBI in 1991 and was assigned to a Violent Crime Squad in the San Jose Resident Agency. In 1994, he was assigned to the High Technology Squad, which was responsible for investigating all matters impacting high-tech companies. Mr. Johnson served as a case agent on a complex theft of proprietary information matter with a sensitive counterintelligence component; this case became the first to be prosecuted under the economic espionage classification.
Patrick Otellini has a background in public policy, but has spent the last decade in the private sector dealing with complex planning, building and fire code issues. After learning San Francisco from the inside out as a code consultant, he was appointed to the city’s forward-thinking Soft Story Task Force, a group convened by then Mayor Gavin Newsom with the goal of retrofitting approximately 3500 dangerous soft story buildings. In 2012, Mayor Lee named Otellini the Director of Earthquake Safety—a vital position in a city seismologists forecast with a 67% probability of a major earthquake in the next 25 years.
But this month, San Francisco’s first earthquake czar has stepped up to an even greater challenge by taking on the mantel of the world’s first Chief Resilience Officer.