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Rebecca Katz, Dir. SF Animal Care and Control

Rebecca Katz, a licensed attorney, has devoted her life and career to public interest, social justice and has been a staunch advocate for the most vulnerable communities. 

Ms. Katz, a Bay Area native, grew up in Berkeley prior to receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her Juris Doctor from University of California Hastings Law School.

As the Director of Animal Care and Control for the City and County of San Francisco, Ms. Katz has pioneered new policy initiatives and programs. Prior to taking the helm at SF/ACC, Ms. Katz was a Deputy City Attorney. She was initially appointed by Sheriff Hennessey as his Legal Counsel where she helped draft key employment, public safety and innovative policy that included helping in the establishment of the first in the nation Charter School for incarcerated and post release adults. She continued her career working with other public safety departments including SF/ACC where she drafted legislation mandating sterilization of Pit Bulls, which has since become model legislation for many communities in California and has been replicated across the United States as it has enhanced public safety and welfare for both animals and humans.

Selected by longtime Director and agency founder, Carl Friedman, to replace him upon retirement, Ms. Katz took on her new role in August 2008.  She has maintained and built upon community and business relationships.  Ms. Katz most proudly identifies her role as the leader of an agency that provides public safety and animal welfare services, as well as health and human services - particularly during these challenging economic times.  In this way, she continues to represent and advocate for the most underserved who often do not have a voice.