2014 MFAC Good Government Awards

San Francisco
5:30 p.m. | Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The 34th annual Good Government Awards are sponsored by the Municipal Fiscal Advisory Committee (MFAC), a project of SPUR. For 33 years, these awards have recognized outstanding performances by managers working for the City and County of San Francisco. These awards represent a unique opportunity to acknowledge San Francisco’s top managers for their leadership, vision and ability to make a difference both within City government and the community at large.

 

2014 Good Government Awards
Wednesday, March 11, 2014
5:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony & Cocktail Reception
San Francisco City Hall
North Light Court​

Honorary Host Committee

The Honorable Edwin M. Lee
Mayor 2011-Present

The Honorable Gavin Newsom
Mayor 2004-2011

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


Finance Committee Chair
Chris Gruwell, President
Platinum Advisors

Douglas Legg is being honored for 15 years of results-oriented service to the Department of Public Works (DPW). Legg oversaw development of the 2011 Road Repaving and Street Safety Bond, a $248 million funding initiative that has repaved 854 city blocks to date. Most recently he ushered in DPWStat, a tool for construction schedules, street cleaning, building and sidewalk repairs, and trash receptacle complaints. The work of the budget and finance division of DPW, which Legg heads, benefits every Public Works bureau, including construction management, sewer repairs, street cleaning and job training. Legg has successfully navigated San Francisco’s complicated and contentious budget process with integrity, sound policy arguments and political deftness.

 

 

 

Zoon Nguyen led the Office of the Assessor-Recorder during a crucial time of transition, serving as interim assessor-recorder from the election of 2012 to February 2013. During that time, she inspired collective responsibility within all divisions to develop a budget and set priorities for the year ahead. Nguyen’s team of 37 records 300,000 documents annually, working directly with 30,000 San Francisco businesses. The team recently increased regular assessments by $341 million. When the federal court announced the resumption of same-sex marriages in California on a Friday, she organized staff and volunteers to keep the office open throughout the weekend, resulting in approximately 500 same-sex marriage licenses issued that weekend.

 

 

Lisa Wayne was chosen for leading San Francisco’s initiative to effectively manage and care for its 32 designated Natural Areas, which consists of 868 acres of parkland within the city. She has been the lead architect and visionary of the Recreation and Park Department’s Natural Areas Program since 1997. Lisa developed the programmatic framework and hired the staff that now expertly stewards these areas for the city and its residents. She has led efforts to restore and develop several urban trails, preserve and cultivate 10,000 native plants, create a large and loyal volunteer corps contributing $4.7 million in volunteer hours and develop the Significant Natural Resource Areas Management Plan designed to guide the management of the city’s Natural Areas.

 

 

The Fire Rim Emergency Response Team within the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is being honored for its strategic approach and rapid response to the third largest wildfire in California history, the 2013 Rim Fire. Mary Ellen Carroll, Daniel Lehr, Thomas Siragusa and Cheryl Taylor collaborated to ensure the resiliency of the city’s threatened facilities including the Hetch Hetchy Water and Power System, a major electrical switchyard, an extensive road system and, most critically, the water supply for 2.6 million Bay Area residents and businesses. Together, they planned effectively for a fast emergency response, properly coordinated with the Unified Incident Command and managed the financial documentation in order to recover from insurers a maximum amount of the $37 million in damages to city assets.

 

The Legal Educational Advocacy Program Team in the Public Defender’s Office receives an award for improving educational outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system, thus curbing the cycle of young people who go back into the system. The team —Patricia Lee, Marynella Woods, Lauren Brady Blalock and Marc Babus — works directly with San Francisco youth, makes regular court appearances on behalf of young clients and trains parents and caregivers to advocate effectively for their children. Of the youth who have gone through the program, fewer than 13 percent reoffend six to 12 months after exiting. The 3-year old program continues to work toward the greater goal of reducing the disproportionate number of youth of color in the justice system overall.

Arup
Blue Shield of California
Clark Construction Group -  California, LP
Emerald Fund, Inc.
Hanson Bridgett LLP
Jones Hall, A Professional Law  Corporation
Lennar Urban
Moscone Emblidge Sater & Otis

Municipal Executives' Association
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Presidio Trust
Public Financial Management, Inc.
San Francisco Giants
Shorenstein Company
Suffolk Construction
Webcor Builders

Andy & Sara Barnes
Anvil Builders Inc.
Black & Veatch
CDM Smith
CH2M HILL
Cubic Transportation Systems
Rob Evans & Terry Micheau
Linda Jo Fitz
Forest City
David A. Friedman & Paulette J.  Meyer
Anne Halsted & Wells Whitney
Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Co.

Richard & Marylin Lonergan
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
NRG Energy Center San Francisco
Polaris Pacific
Port of San Francisco
Prado Group
San Francisco Municipal Transportation  Agency
San Francisco Parks Alliance
Seifel Consulting Inc.
SPI Holdings
Trumark Urban

Media Sponsors  

Sponsors as of 3.10.2014

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PAST AWARD WINNERS

2013

Susan Giffin, Rodrigo Castillo, Alan Honniball and Leo Solomon
Crime Data Warehouse Team

Michelle Ruggels
Department of Public Health 

Lea Militello
Municipal Transportation Agency

Jaime Flores-Lovo 
Department of Public Works

Ted Egan
Controller's Office

 

2012

Jocelyn Quintos
Department of Public Works

Harlan L. Kelly Jr.
SF Public Utilities Commission

Steven Castile
Recreation and Park Department

Darrell Ascano, Tajel Shah, Rebecca Villareal-Mayer

Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector

 

2011

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

 

2010

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

2009


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

 

2007


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
 

2006

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

 

2005

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


2004


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
 

2003

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


2002

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
 

2001

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
 

2000

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

 

1999

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

1998

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

 

1997

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

 

1996

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
 

1995

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

 

1994

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
 

1993

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
 

1992

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
 

1991

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

1990

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
 

1989

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
 

1988

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

 

1987

Catherine Bremmer & Vivian Sykes
San Francisco Public Library

Bernard Cummings
Public Works Department

Ron DeLeon
Recreation & Park Department

Michael Marcum
Sheriff’s Department
 

1986

Ann Branston
Municipal Railway

Barney Barron
Recreation & Park Department

John Roumbanis
Public Works Department

Flo Stroud
Department of Public Health
 

1985

Ed Gazzano
Public Health Department

Sal Kitchener
San Francisco Zoo

Virginia Leishman, RN
Laguna Honda Hospital

Geoff Rothman
Civic Service Commission


1984

Richard Sullivan
Tax Collector’s Office

Leslie Miko
Commission on the Aging

Richard Rogers
Municipal Railway


1983

Stanley Stephens
Controller’s Office

Joe Dominguez
Municipal Railway

Angela Gittens
San Francisco General

Jason Yuen
Airports Commission
 

1982

Don Birrer
Public Works Department

Mark Finucane
Public Health Department

Richard Koeritz
Housing Authority

Roberta McDonough
Civil Service Commission
 

1981

Tom Malloy
Recreation & Parks Department

David Fong
Controller’s Office

John P. Mullane, Jr.
Public Works Department

Carl Williams
Housing Authority