San Francisco

2014 Silver SPUR Awards Luncheon

10:30 a.m. | Tuesday, November 18, 2014


2014 Silver SPUR Awards Luncheon
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
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The Silver SPUR Award is the most prominent award for lifetime civic achievement in San Francisco. The Silver SPUR Awards Luncheon honors distinct individuals whose goals and achievements have made San Francisco and the Bay Area a better place to live, work and play. 

2014 Honorees:
Clothilde Hewlett
Ron & Barbara Kaufman
Michael Painter
Leslie Tang Schilling

2014 Event Chair:
Anna Cheung
President & CEO, St. Mary’s Medical Center
Chair, San Francisco Section
Hospital Council of Northern & Central California


This year, SPUR was proud to honor five remarkable Bay Area leaders:

Clothilde Hewlett is an attorney who has achieved an incredible breadth of accomplishments during a career that has spanned statewide policy roles in government, law enforcement and criminal justice. Now, as a public policy attorney with Nossaman LLP, she facilitates public-private partnerships in transportation, infrastructure, clean technology and real estate. Her lifetime of experience with local and statewide policy issues, as both a civil servant and deeply engaged citizen, makes this work possible. Humble beginnings have inspired Cloey to give back as an advocate for philanthropic commitment to women and children in poverty. She currently serves on the board of the San Francisco 49ers Foundation.

Learn more about how Clothilde Hewlett inspires civic leadership >>

Ron Kaufman has been working for half a century to preserve the historic character of one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. Through The Ron Kaufman Companies, he has helped create historic reuses for a majority of the Old North Waterfront area of San Francisco. He has been a vital force in the business and philanthropic community, serving on and often chairing numerous boards, including those of the California Pacific Medical Center, the Jewish Community Federation, the Bernard Osher Foundation, Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, United Way and the UCSF/Mt. Zion Board. He has played a critical convenor role, wading through tricky political waters for many of the city’s biggest projects.


Barbara Kaufman hosted Call for Action, a top-rated consumer advocacy radio show on KCBS-AM. This high-profile role led her to win a citywide seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. During her tenure she served as a good government steward, culminating in the 1996 reform of San Francisco’s city charter. Barbara served on the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council, as chairwoman of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission and on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. In 2004, she was appointed director of the San Francisco Regional Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Barbara has also served as a leader in the Jewish community in San Francisco.

Learn more about how Ron & Barbara Kaufman advocate for San Francisco >>

Michael Painter is owner/president of MPA Design and has offered design development strategies and solutions for award-winning projects since 1969. As Doyle Drive becomes the Presidio Parkway, we are witnessing Michael’s compelling vision to replace the U.S. Army’s utilitarian drive with a road worthy and respectful of a national park. Over MPA Design’s 45-year history, his urban designs have won accolades from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Institute of Architects, UC Berkeley’s Department of Landscape Architecture and the Lambda Alpha Honorary Land Economics Society. Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts in landscape architecture from UC Berkeley and his master’s in urban design from Harvard University. He serves on the SF Architectural Heritage Board and SPUR’s Advisory Council.​

Learn more about how Michael Painter re-envisions urban design >>

Leslie Tang Schilling spent her first 20 years in Hong Kong, where her family saw its fortune torn down and rebuilt three times over before immigrating to the United States. A graduate of UC Berkeley and the Thunderbird School of Global Management, she is living testament to the strength and talent of California’s immigrant community.  Leslie is a co-founder of the successful Union Square Investment Company with her husband, Alexander H. Schilling. She has been active in many civic and advisory groups that aid small business owners and woman- and Asian-owned businesses, most notably the Asian Business League of San Francisco, the San Francisco Economic Development Corp. and the State of California Small Business Advisory Board. She also served eight years on the Board of Regents of the University of California.

Learn more about how Leslie Tang Schilling champions small businesses >>


Our sponsors are important partners in honoring and celebrating our Silver SPUR award recipients.

Corporate sponsorships range from $1,000 - $25,000 and provide many valuable and tangible benefits. (Individuals may sponsor at the $500 level and up).

2014 Sponsorship Information Packet >>

Sponsor Benefit Matrix:

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For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Vanessa Bilanceri, corporate relations manager, at 415.644.4882 or

SPUR is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and sponsorship is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. SPUR's tax ID is 94-149-8232.


Thank you to our 2014 sponsors:

Anna Cheung​
President & CEO, St. Mary’s Medical Center
Chair, San Francisco Section
Hospital Council of the Northern & Central California
Event Chair






Carmel Partners
Chancellor Hotel
Crescent Heights
Deutsche Asset and  Wealth Management
Dignity Health
Emerald Fund 
Forest City
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher   LLP
David & Jane Hartley
Hathaway Dinwiddie   Construction Co
The Herbst Foundation
Kilroy Realty Corporation
Lend Lease
Lennar Urban
McKenna Long & Aldridge  LLP
Millennium Partners
MJM Management Group​
Northern California  Carpenters Regional  Council
Nossaman LLP
Perkins + Will
Port of San Francisco
Presidio Trust
Riverbed Technology Inc.
Saint Francis Memorial  Hospital
San Francisco 49ers   Foundation
The San Francisco  Foundation
San Francisco  International Airport
San Francisco Waterfront  Partners, LLC
Roselyne C. Swig
Tishman Speyer
Trumark Urban
Union Bank
Webcor Builders
Westfield San Francisco  Centre/Metreon
Diane B. Wilsey
Wilson Meany

1481Post Street, an ADCO Project
Allen Matkins LLP
AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
BAR Architects
Andy & Sara Barnes
BCCI Construction Company
Bishop Ranch, a Sunset  Development Company project 
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Boston Properties
BRIDGE Housing
Burke, Williams and Sorensen,  LLP
BuroHappold Engineering
Cahill Contractors, Inc.
California Academy of Sciences
Cannon Constructors North, Inc.
Charles Salter Associates
Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP
Commune Hotels & Resorts
David A. Coulter
Cox Castle & Nicholson, LLP
David Baker Architects
Rob Evans & Terry Micheau
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
Fine Arts Museums of San  Francisco
Linda Jo Fitz
Flood Building
Fort Mason Center Board
David A. Friedman & Paulette J.  Meyer
Gerson Bakar & Associates
Golden State Warriors
Gould Evans
Anne Halsted & Wells Whitney
Handel Architects
Hanson Bridgett LLP
HNTB Corporation
Vince & Amanda Hoenigman
The John Stewart Company
Kaiser Permanente
John Kriken & Katherine  Koelsch Kriken
Richard & Marilyn Lonergan 
Lowney Architecture
Martin Building Company
MBH Architects
Mission Bay Development Group,  LLC
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Moscone Emblidge Sater & Otis
MPA Design

Nibbi Brothers General  Contractors
Nishkian Menninger
NRG Energy Center San  Francisco
Ogden Contract Interiors, Inc.
Parsons Brinckerhoff
Paul Hastings LLP
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman  LLP
Plant Construction Company, L.P.
Polaris Pacific
Prado Group
Project Management Advisors,  Inc.
Related California
Reuben, Junius & Rose, LLP
ROMA Design Group
Paul Sack
San Francisco Association of  Realtors
San Francisco Giants
San Francisco Municipal  Transportation Agency
San Francisco Parks Alliance
San Francisco Public Utilities  Commission
San Francisco State University
San Francisco Travel Association
San Francisco VA Medical Center
Paul & Lynn Sedway
SFCTA/Presidio Parkway Project  Group
Solomon Cordwell Buenz
SPI Holdings, LLC
Strada Investment Group
Suffolk Construction
Sutter Health/CPMC
The Swig Company
Swinerton Builders
TMG Partners/Avant Housing
V. Fei Tsen/Chinatown  Community Development Center
Turner Construction Company
Turnstone Consulting, a division  of SWCA, Inc.
Union Square Business Improvement District
Universal Paragon Corporation
UC San Francisco
University of San Francisco
Woods Bagot Architects
WSP Group
YMCA of San Francisco

Michael Alexander
Alfa Tech, Inc.
Avila and Associates Consulting  Engineers, Inc.
BCV Architects
Valli Benesch & Bob Tandler
Bentall Kennedy
Bogdan & Frasco, LLP
Brian Spiers Development
Jim Chappell
Claudine Cheng
Christiani Johnson Architects, Inc.
CMG Landscape Architecture
Communication Leasing Services, Inc.
Environmental Science Associates
Equity Community Builders
Fougeron Architecture
Rod Freebairn-Smith & Janet Crane
Gaia Fund
Goodyear Peterson Hayward &  Associates
Group I
Stan Herzstein & Lynn Altshuler
HKS Architects
Hunt Construction Group
IBEW Local 6
IFPTE Local 21
Jurika, Mills & Keifer, LLC​
Barbara & Ron Kaufman
Ann & Jim Lazarus

Alvin Baum
Gia Daniller-Katz
Lynne Deegan-McGraw
Jean Fraser & Geoffrey Gordon-Creed
Scott Haskins
Ruth & Alfred Heller
Laurie A. Johnson, AICP
Patricia Klitgaard
Vincent McCarley
Tomiqiua Moss
Adhi Nagraj


Susan Leal & Susan Hirsch
MacKenzie Communications
Mercy Housing of California
Carol & Ezra Mersey
Beverly Mills
Mithun | Solomon
Robert Mittelstadt & Lynda Spence
Moss Adams LLP
Municipal Executives Association
Murphy Burr Curry, Inc.
OJK Architecture
Panoramic Interests
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Inc.
Peter Sullivan Associates, Inc.
Pfau Long Architecture
Presidio Bank
Price Architects, Inc.
PSAI Realty Partners
Public Financial Management, Inc.
N. Teresa Rea
Red and White Fleet
Barbara & Richard Rosenberg
Sack Properties
San Francisco Building and  Construction Trades Council
S.F. Fire Fighters Local 798
Studio T Square
Walden Development
Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP​

Charles R. Olson
Rabbi Stephen S. Pearce, PhD
Nicolas Rader
Toby & Sally Rosenblatt
Warner Schmalz
Abigail Stewart-Kahn & Matthew S. Kahn
Bill Stotler
Michael Teitz, PhD
Irene Lindbeck Tibbits
Chuck Turner
Steven Winkel, FAIA, PE, CASp

Media Sponsor:


Sponsor list as of 11.20.14


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, in order to participate in a SPUR event, you need auxiliary aids or services for a disability (e.g., qualified interpreter, qualified reader, written materials, taped texts) please submit your request five business days before the event to 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 business days before the event.

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