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2013 Good Government Awards


2013 MFAC Good Government Awards

Thank you to everyone who joined in support of the 2013 Good Government Awards on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at San Francisco City Hall's North Light Court!
Please visit SPUR's blog for a look at the videos about our incredible award winners.
Check out photos from this year's event here.
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.  Awards Ceremony & Cocktail Reception
Tickets will be available at the door.
Mayor Edwin M. Lee, past mayors and SPUR invite you to the 33rd annual MFAC Good Government Awards on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at San Francisco City Hall. We will recognize exemplary job performance and leadership by managers who serve the City and County of San Francisco. 
Honorary MFAC Committee
The Honorable Edwin M. Lee

Mayor 2011–Present
The Honorable Gavin Newsom
Mayor 2004–2010
The Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr.

Mayor 1996–2004
The Honorable Frank Jordan

Mayor 1992–1996
The Honorable Art Agnos

Mayor 1988–1992
The Honorable Dianne Feinstein

Mayor 1978–1988
Mrs. Gina Moscone
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Congratulations to the 2013 MFAC Good Government Award Winners:

Ted Egan was a key player in the effort to reform the payroll tax system in San Francisco. His work culminated in Proposition E, the fall 2012 ballot measure that created a tiered gross receipts tax. Prop. E’s passage, which ended a decade of attempts to devise a tax structure that supports business growth, is the result of more than six months of outreach and negotiations with businesses of all shapes and sizes by the Controller’s Office. Egan has served as the chief economist for the Controller’s Office for five years, and is a trusted voice for good government in San Francisco.

Jaime Flores-Lovo was chosen for his overall vision and leadership in the development of enterprise-level technology projects for DPW, most significantly in the system migration for the department’s contract automation. This represented a major departure from the “legacy” contract processing systems due to integrated document management, collaboration, workflows and web functionality to enhance teamwork, transparency and accountability. Flores-Lovo’s leadership in building a team to realize the technological vision led to successful development of these software applications, with an end result of automating DPW’s contracts. This resulted in a cost savings of $17 million.

Lea Militello was selected for her critical leadership in building a security plan for San Francisco streets, especially during public events. Her accomplishments over the October 2012 “busiest weekend in San Francisco” — when more than 1 million people converged to stress the city’s street infrastructure to its maximum capacity with events including America’s Cup/Fleet Week, the Castro Street Fair, the Italian Heritage Parade, Giants and 49ers games, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival and the Double Ten Parade — exemplify her ingenuity and creativity. Her skills in staff management and resource allocation help to create world-class venues that generate visibility and income for the city. Militello implemented the Incident Command System (ICS), which is now the model for SFMTA’s management of special events.

Michelle Ruggels is being honored for her leadership in overseeing $490 million in annual contracts to 200 community-based organizations that provide health services to San Franciscans. An employee of the Department of Public Health since 1997, Ruggels led the Mental Health Medi-Cal Revenue Enhancement Project in 2011, creating a certification process that allows local agencies to use federal funds instead of local general funds to support their services. The department expects this effort to save $550,000 in fiscal year 2014 alone.


Crime Data Warehouse Team is being honored for building a web-based, real-time, searchable database of criminal reports that police officers can access on the ground. Susan Giffin, with the support of visionary team members Rodrigo Castillo, Alan Honniball and Leo Solomon, put together a professional technical team to digitize police records, freeing up sworn personnel formerly assigned to deskwork to be in the field. This key transition for the Police Department resulted in a real-time search engine to help combat crime- and terrorism-related incidents.


Past Award Winners:

Steven Castile
Recreation and Park Department

Harlan L. Kelly Jr.
SF Public Utilities Commission

Jocelyn Quintos
Department of Public Works

Darrell Ascano, Tajel Shah, Rebecca Villareal-Mayer
Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector

Ed Harrington
Lifetime Achievement Award
General Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)

Dr. Susan Fernyak
Department of Public Health

Dana Ketcham
Recreation and Park Department

Cheryl Nashir
San Francisco Airport Commission

Dave Curto, Tony Lugo, Leo Sauceda, Jim Whelly
Human Services Agency

Brian Benson, Fran Breeding, Brian Strong, Adam Van de Water
General Services Agency

Toni Coe
Municipal Transportation Agency

Brent Dennis
Recreation and Park Department

Allison Magee
Juvenile Probation Department

Maria X. Martinez
Department of Public Health

Nadia Sesay
Controller’s Office

SPUR Infrastructure & Planning Award
Water System Improvement Program
SF Public Utilities Commission

Tangerine Brigham
Department of Public Health

Dan Kelly
Human Services Agency

Kevin Kone
San Francisco Airport Commission

Edgar Lopez & Brook Mebrahtu
Department of Public Works

Julie Kirschbaum, Britt Tanner, Sally Allen & Liz Garcia
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

Clare Murphy
Lifetime Achievement Award
San Francisco Employee’s Retirement System

Peter Acton
Airport Commission

Derek Chu
Human Services Agency

Brad Benson
Port of San Francisco

Judith Klain
Project Homeless Connect

Nancy Alfaro, Kevin Dyer, Jay Nath, Diana Nguyen & Heidi Sieck
311 Customer Service Center Project

Sue Currin
San Francisco General Hospital

Jeff Gary
Municipal Transportation Authority

Chris Iglesias
Mayor’s Office of Economic & Workforce Development

Todd Rydstrom
Office of the Controller

Michelle Allersma, Denise Cannonier-Craig, Jennifer Johnston, Kerry Ko, Julian Low, Karen Taylor, Bruce Topp, Ted Yamasaki
Department of Human Resources

Leo O’Farrell
Human Services Agency

Diana Guevara
Department of Public Health

Kathy Bull, DeMarris Evans & Louise Winterstein
Office of the Public Defender

Kerstin Magary
Municipal Transportation Agency

Jackson Wong
San Francisco International Airport

Michael Cohen
Office of Economic & Workforce Development

Dorothy Enisman & Dariush Kayhan
Department of Human Services

Gary Franzella
San Francisco International Airport

Robert Kuzma
San Francisco Fire Department

Florence Mar
Office of the Treasurer

Dr. Rajiv Bhatia
Department of Public Health

Philip Ginsburg
City Attorney’s Office

Olson Lee
Redevelopment Agency

Pacifico Paculba
Municipal Transportation Agency

Bridget Smith
Municipal Transportation Agency

Gigi Harrington
San Francisco Municipal Railway

Wanda Jung
Department of Human Services

Bill Lehew
San Francisco International Airport

Monique Moyer
Mayor’s Office of Public Finance

Peg Stevenson
Controller’s Office

Bond Yee
Department of Parking & Traffic

Marc Trotz
Department of Public Health

George Nichols
Public Library

Jay Banfield
Treasurer & Tax Collector’s Office

Pamela David, Richard Newirth & Kary Schulman
Mayor’s Office of Community Development, Arts Commission, Grants for the Arts

Jeffrey G. Adachi
Public Defenders Office

Susan Hildreth
San Francisco Public Library

Janice Anderson-Santos & Jimmie Gilyard
Department of Human Services

Sam A. Mehta
San Francisco Airport Commission

Rick Ruvolo
Department of Administrative Services

Carol Bach
Port of San Francisco

Fernando Cisneros
Department of Public Works

Mary Counihan
Department of Human Services

Barbara A. Garcia
Department of Public Health

Anthony Irons
Department of Administrative Services

Jonathan Chow
Public Utilities Commission

Hillary Gitelman
Planning Department

Dolores Heaven
Department of Human Services

Monique Zmuda
Department of Public Health

Marcia deVaughn & Alex Mamak
Department of Public Works

Adrienne Frazier
Department of Parking & Traffic

Sandra Jo Gartzman
San Francisco Rent Board

Nelly Lee
Department of Public Health

Jill Manton
San Francisco Art Commission

Severin Rizzo
San Francisco Art Commission

Sai-Ling Chan-Sew
Department of Public Health

Matthew Gass
Hetch Hetchy Water & Power

Sharon Kotabe, Pharm D.
Laguna Honda Hospital

Johnny Miller
Juvenile Probation Department

Kathy Page
San Francisco Public Library

Hugo Aguilera, Cheryl Austin, Sheila Kenny, Dennis Sato, Anna Suttmann & Nancy Wong
Laguna Honda Hospital

Evangeline H. Bruce
Controller’s Office

Jim Buick
Department of Social Services

Judith Griffin
Juvenile Probation Department

Mitchell H. Katz, M.D.
Department of Public Health

James Bowen
Hetch Hetchy Water & Power

Teresa Chow
Controller’s Office

Emilio Cruz
Office of the CAO

Gene O’Connell, R.N.
San Francisco General Hospital

Robert Prentice, Ph.D.
Department of Public Health

Donna Burchard
Laguna Honda Hospital

Daniel Patrick Daly
Treasurer’s Office

Rebecca Kohlstrand
Planning Department

Diarmuid Philpott
Police Department

Germaine Q. Wong
Office of the CAO

Phil W. Arnold, Ph.D.
Recreation & Park Department

Dorothy Chen
Department of Social Services

Ricardo Hernandez
Office of the CAO

Judy Johnston
Controller’s Office

Anthony G. Wagner
Laguna Honda Hospital

Alec S. Bash
Planning Department

Patric Duterte, Anthony Nicco &
Michelle Rutherford
Department of Social Services

Robert Gamble
Redevelopment Agency

Roger L. Peters
Port of San Francisco

Charles Saunders, M.D.
San Francisco General Hospital

Cheryl Austin
Laguna Honda Hospital

Rich Cunningham
Public Works Department

Joseph Johnson
Office of the CAO

Bill Lee
Department of Public Health

Mary Smith
Department of Social Services

Dorothy Enisman
Department of Social Services

Steven Koneffklatt
Laguna Honda Hospital

Brenda Lauer
San Francisco General Hospital

Sara Pickus
Public Works Department

Edwina Young
District Attorney’s Office

Chief Ronald Driscoll
San Francisco International Airport

Mary Anne Johnson, M.D.
Laguna Honda Hospital

Joel Robinson
Recreation & Park Department

Reiko Homma True, Ph.D.
Department of Public Health

Catherine Bremmer & Vivian Sykes
San Francisco Public Library

Bernard Cummings
Public Works Department

Ron DeLeon
Recreation & Park Department

Michael Marcum
Sheriff’s Department

Ann Branston
Municipal Railway

Barney Barron
Recreation & Park Department

John Roumbanis
Public Works Department

Flo Stroud
Department of Public Health

Ed Gazzano
Public Health Department

Sal Kitchener
San Francisco Zoo

Virginia Leishman, RN
Laguna Honda Hospital

Geoff Rothman
Civic Service Commission

Richard Sullivan
Tax Collector’s Office

Leslie Miko
Commission on the Aging

Richard Rogers
Municipal Railway

Stanley Stephens
Controller’s Office

Joe Dominguez
Municipal Railway

Angela Gittens
San Francisco General

Jason Yuen
Airports Commission

Don Birrer
Public Works Department

Mark Finucane
Public Health Department

Richard Koeritz
Housing Authority

Roberta McDonough
Civil Service Commission

Tom Malloy
Recreation & Parks Department

David Fong
Controller’s Office

John P. Mullane, Jr.
Public Works Department

Carl Williams
Housing Authority


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Friday, February 1: Deadline for inclusion in print invitation and first email invitation
Friday February 8: Deadline for inclusion in the first round of publicity and media materials
Friday, February 22: Deadline for inclusion in second email invitation
Friday, March 1: Deadline for inclusion of name and advertisements in printed program
Friday, March 8: Deadline for inclusion in event signage and video presentation
Friday, March 8: Deadline for inclusion in event exhibit space and post-event publicity (such as The Urbanist and San Francisco Business Times)
Tuesday, March 19: Event day and final deadline for sponsorship

Sponsors added every Friday to SPUR's event website.


This unique event will include a hosted reception and present sponsors with the opportunity to mix and mingle with city department heads, members of the Board of Supervisors, elected officials and business and community leaders. 

Sponsorship Levels and Benefits:
Click image below to enlargeSponsor Matrix

For more information on sponsorhip opportunities contact Nicolas Romano by calling 415.781.8726 x123 or at

2013 Sponsors

Good Government Advocate

Good Government Stewards

Good Government Partners

David A. Friedman and Paulette J. Meyer
Hanson Bridgett LLP
Jones Hall, A Professional Law Corporation
Municipal Executives' Association
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Public Financial Management
SIMS Metal Management
Suffolk Construction
Webcor Builders

Good Government Supporters

Andy & Sara Barnes
Bay area Urban Organic Resource Network
BRE Properties, Inc.
Cresleigh Development LLC
De La Rosa & Co.
Emerald Fund
Rob Evans & Terry Micheau
Linda Jo Fitz
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Jean S. Fraser & Geoff Gordon-Creed
Golden State Warriors
Anne Halsted & Wells Whitney
David & Jane Hartley
Richard Lonergan
MJM Management Group
Polaris Pacific
Port of San Francisco
The Prado Group
Presidio Trust
Related California
Rincon Green
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Seifel Consulting
SRT Consultants
WSP Flack + Kurtz





Refund Policy

Individual ticket purchases. If you request a refund between 2 and 10 business days prior to the event, SPUR can issue a 25 percent refund. Requests for refunds received less than 2 days prior to an event cannot be accommodated.

Sponsorship payments will not be refunded, as sponsorship benefits take effect immediately and are on-going through the date of the event.


Auxiliary Services

If you are interested in participating in any SPUR meetings, seminars, conferences, programs and/or walking tours and require auxiliary aids or services for your disability (e.g., qualified interpreter, qualified reader, written materials, taped texts), please submit your request to SPUR at least five (5) business days in advance of the SPUR event by contacting the Public Programming team at or 415-781-8726 x132. SPUR will work with you in identifying effective auxiliary aids or services that it can provide. If you need to cancel your request, please notify SPUR at least two (2) business days in advance. SPUR reserves the right to deny specific requests for qualified interpreters or qualified readers to individuals who repeatedly submit requests for auxiliary aids/services and fail to cancel at least two (2) business days in advance.​

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