News from Newsom:

SAN FRANCISCO- Mayor Gavin Newsom announced the following appointments today. They reflect his commitment to creating a city government that is diverse and well qualified. All appointees will undergo city sponsored ethics training before they assume office.

“I am very pleased to make the following appointments,” said Mayor Newsom. “These appointees collectively share a long-standing commitment and dedication to serving the city and community of San Francisco. Their respected memberships will prove beneficial in our continuous effort to improving the quality of life for every San Franciscan,” continued Mayor Newsom.


Jeannene Przyblyski is an art historian, curator and conceptual artist/urban strategist. She teaches in the Graduate Program at the San Francisco Art Institute and lectures widely at Bay Area cultural institutions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Since 2001, Ms. Przyblyski has been the Executive Director of the San Francisco Bureau of Urban Secrets. She received her Doctoral Degree in History of Art from the University of California at Berkeley

Maya Draisin is the Executive Director of International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, President of the Webby Awards, Inc., and an accomplished screenwriter. She lectures and comments worldwide on the intersection between people and technology, as well as the elements of excellent web development. Ms. Draisin has been an active participant in the development of the new media industry since 1991, from Web Information Architecture to CD-ROM production.


Rosemarie Fernandez-Pifer is a graduate of San Francisco State University (1973) and Hastings College of the Law (1978). She practiced both civil and criminal law before she was hired by the Office of Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in 1980. At HUD her initial focus was federal civil litigation, representing the Department in the areas of FHA-insured and HUD financed real property developments. She represented the department in the area of employment litigation before the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, the E.E.O.C., and federal labor arbitration officials. While at the Office of Counsel she developed expertise in the area of federal civil rights requirements related to HUD’s insured and federally assisted real property developments. Ms. Fernandez-Pifer has served on various boards and commissions throughout the Bay Area.

Clem Clarke previously worked for Reputation, LLC as their Public Affairs Account Manager. She has served as Executive Director for the San Francisco Democratic Central Committee and Deputy Director for Community Affairs for the San Francisco Office of Al Gore’s Presidential Campaign. Ms. Clarke currently serves on the Board of the California Democratic County Central Committee and was a member of the Council of Girl Scouts, Co-chair of the NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet and Community Chair of the United Negro College Fund. Ms. Clarke earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Mississippi Valley State University, and her Master of Science in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from Southern Illinois University.


Dr. Pablo Stewart is currently an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. Dr. Stewart is also a Psychiatric Consultant who provides consultation to government and private agencies on a variety of psychiatric, forensic, substance abuse and organizational issues. Dr. Stewart is a member of the California Association of Drug Court Professionals. He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the United States Naval Academy Annapolis and his degree in Medicine from the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco.

(Note from Hampton: Stewart is a key mayoral ally on Care Not Cash. Democratic County Central Committee Chair Jane Morrison, a Care Not Cash opponent, is off the commission.)


Dr. Carlotta Del Portillo, Dean, Mission Campus of City College of San Francisco and former School Board Member, received her Doctoral Degree from the University of San Francisco. Her involvement in issues affecting the welfare of San Franciscans spans over 30 years as a lecturer and activist. She has earned special awards recognizing her contributions to the San Francisco community. Dr. Del Portillo has been an active member on numerous boards in the Bay Area and has served on various commissions, most recently the San Francisco Fire Commission.

Pat Norman is a community activist whose history of human rights work goes back to her roots in Brooklyn, New York where she was membership chair of the Brooklyn Junior NAACP in high school. Ms. Norman’s California activism began in 1971 when she formed the Lesbian Mothers Union that helped address custody issues for gay women. She has worked with the San Francisco Department of Public Health as the first openly gay person hired to serve the lesbian/gay community. She was cited for exceptional work during her tenure at the Health Department. In addition to serving as Executive Director of the Institute for Community Health, Ms. Norman is actively involved on several volunteer boards of directors throughout the Bay Area.

Faye Woo Lee is currently the President of the San Francisco Lodge, and Secretary of Grand Lodge, Chinese American Citizens Alliance, a national civil rights organization with the purpose of securing equal rights and equal opportunities for all Americans. Ms. Woo Lee worked in the resettlement of Vietnamese Refuge Children’s Program and as a Child Welfare Supervisor in charge of Adoption for the Department of Human Services. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Fresno State University and a Masters in Social Work Education from San Francisco State University.


Bridget Maley is an Architectural Historian and a Senior Associate at Architectural Resources Group (ARG), in San Francisco. She has been with ARG since October 1994. Ms. Maley and other ARG professionals have worked on many of San Francisco’s most important Landmarks including: the restoration of the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park; development of an historic structures report for the Old Mint at 5th and Mission Streets and Old St. Mary’s Cathedral seismic upgrade and conservation to name a few. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History/Anthropology from Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and her Master of Arts in Architectural History from the University of Virginia.


Jim Hurley is a rental property owner and manager in San Francisco since 1985. Mr. Hurley is currently a member of the Coalition for Better Housing, the San Francisco Apartment House Association and the Small Property Owners of San Francisco. He received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Santa Clara University and his Master of Science in Taxation from Golden Gate University.


Lidia Stiglich has a Juris Doctor from Hastings School of Law and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley. Ms. Stiglich’s experience includes working at the Solano County Public Defenders Office and serving as a Senior Trial Attorney at the San Francisco Public Defenders Office. She has served as an adjunct professor at John F. Kennedy School of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, and at New College School of Law. She also serves as a Board Member for Women Defenders Organization.


Dr. Anita Grier, Ed.D, served as President of the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Community College District in 2003 and 2000. She was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1998 and re-elected in 2003. A graduate of City College of San Francisco, Dr. Grier holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from San Francisco State University and a Doctoral degree from the University of San Francisco. Dr. Grier has extensive experience in education, having served in the posts of administrator, principal, program manager, special education teacher, program administrator and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Director. She is an active member on various boards and committees throughout the Bay Area.

Peter Mezey served as Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Administration and General Counsel of USL Capital. He is currently a Member of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association’s (SPUR) Board of Directors and the Presidio Heights Association of Neighbors (PHAN). Mr. Mezey has been a member of various boards and commissions in San Francisco including the Parking and Traffic Commission and the San Francisco Board of Education where he served as President. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Williams College and his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.

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