San Francisco

2017 Good Government Awards

5:30 p.m. | Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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For the past 37 years, the Good Government Awards have recognized outstanding performances by managers working for the City and County of San Francisco.  A project of SPUR, 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.

March 22, 2017
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception & Awards Ceremony
San Francisco City Hall, North Light Court
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco

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

See photos from the 2016 Good Government Awards >>

Watch videos about the 2016 Public Managerial Excellence Award Winners >>


2017 Public Managerial Excellence Award Winners

Bob Beck

Treasure Island Director

Treasure Island Development Authority, Administrative Services(ADM), Office of the City Administrator

Bob Beck led the transfer of nearly 300 acres of Treasure Island/Yerba Buena Island from the U.S. Navy to the City of San Francisco, the first stage of what will become one of the most important development projects in the city’s history. In 2013, Beck assumed the management of the Treasure Island Development Program during a crucial moment in the 25-year process of transforming the former naval base into a sustainable, mixed-use, high-density, transit-oriented project with 8,000 homes, 500,000 square feet of retail and commercial space, and three hotels. Thanks to Beck’s skills in working with environmental remediation, lease transfers, resident relocation, city agency regulatory review, public financing districts and county transportation, the first homes on Treasure Island are expected to be ready for occupancy later this year.

Eva Cheong


Airport Services, Operations & Security, San Francisco International Airport

As airports across the country grappled with how to manage transportation network companies (TNCs) like Lyft and Uber, Eva Cheong’s strong leadership enabled San Francisco to create the first path for the legal operation of TNCs at a major U.S. airport. Cheong led months of negotiations with TNC leadership, taxi and shared-ride operators, and state regulators to create a system that ensures passenger safety, is transparent to operators and generates much-needed revenue for the airport. Under Cheong’s leadership, SFO began issuing permits to TNCs in 2014; today, they comprise 61 percent of commercial ground transportation and have contributed more than $27 million in revenue to the airport.

Donnie Oliveira

Outreach Program Manager

Department of the Environment

Donnie Oliveira’s creative, inclusive and effective efforts help San Francisco achieve its ambitious environmental protection goals. An innovator of environmental messaging, Oliveira created clever, culturally sensitive public outreach campaigns like Real Foodies Compost, which promotes composting to millennials, and Chinatown Zero Waste, whose tagline “Turn Food Into Gold” connects composting to core community values. In 2014, he took on the challenge of figuring out how to communicate the city’s complex, 35-step Climate Action Plan to diverse audiences in just 30 seconds. Oliveira’s greatest impact may be his work to create a permanent entry-level jobs program within the department. Environment Now, launched in 2009, brings diverse San Franciscans into the environmental movement and has provided job training and skills development to more than 100 people while helping the city reach more communities with its message. 

San Francisco Benefits Net Team

Mary Adrian, Taninha Ferreira, Leo O'Farrell, Noel Panelo
Human Services Agency

This team’s collaborative work integrated the city’s previously siloed CalFresh and MediCal programs into a streamlined, one-stop service delivery model that provides nearly one in four San Franciscans with nutrition assistance and low-cost health coverage. Thanks to the leadership of Mary Adrian, Leo O’Farrell, Noel Panelo and Taninha Ferreira, SF Benefits Net launched simultaneously with the Affordable Care Act in 2013, which allowed the agency to handle a 90 percent increase in MediCal enrollment without a commensurate increase in staff. In three years, SF Benefits Net has not only increased enrollment of eligible participants in these two crucial programs but has also made huge gains in service efficiency and customer experience through the management team’s data-driven, collaborative approach to providing assistance to the city’s vulnerable populations.

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Move Team

Justin Dauterman, Jay Kloo, Terry Saltz, Jeffrey Schmidt
Department of Public Health

The Move Team oversaw the monumental task of opening a new acute care and trauma facility, refining workflows and processes to safely transfer patients, staff and equipment into the new LEED Gold-certified building. The rigorous planning undertaken by Justin Dauterman, Jay Kloo, Terry Saltz and Jeffrey Schmidt allowed the departments to thrive in their new workspace. The Move Team’s intensive planning included two “Day in the Life” exercises in which 1,000 staff members simulated 57 different scenarios in order to identify and address potential staff and patient safety issues, as well as verify protocols and workflows. Thanks to the team’s thoughtful leadership, 158 patients were successfully transferred and thousands of staff members were informed, empowered and supported in the transition. 




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Thursday, January 19
Recognition in first email invitation

Thursday, January 26
Recognition in printed invitation

Thursday, February 9
Recognition in second email invitation
Recognition in February, March and April issues of The Urbanist

Tuesday, February 14
Recognition in the first and second San Francisco Business Times ads

Tuesday, February 21
Recognition in second San Francisco Business Times ad

Thursday, March 2
Recognition in the third email invitation
Recognition in the March and April issue of The Urbanist

Thursday, March 9
Recognition in printed program and sponsor board exhibition

Wednesday, March 15
Recognition in event signage and video presentation

Wednesday, March 22
Event day and final deadline for sponsorship
Recognition in April issue of The Urbanist

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Past Award Winners

Jane Gong
Office of Economic & Workforce Development / Department of Technology

Diana Hammons
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

Greg Kato
Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector

Robert Smuts
Department of Emergency Management

Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Team: Kate Hartley, Lydia Ely, Erin Carson, Sarah Nusser
Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development

Colleen Chawla
Department of Public Health

Jimmy Chiu, PE
San Francisco International Airport

Paula Kehoe
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Peter Dailey, John Davey, John Doll, Elaine Forbes and Meghan Wallace
Port of San Francisco

Freda Randolph Glenn, Stephanie Ting and Thomas Wolf
Child Support Services Department

Douglas Legg
Department of Public Works

Zoon Nguyen
Office of the Assessor-Recorder

Lisa Wayne
Recreation and Park Department

Marc Babus, Lauren Brady Blalock, Patricia Lee, Marynella Woods
Office of the Public Defender

Mary Ellen Carroll, Daniel Lehr, Thomas Siragusa, Cheryl Taylor
SF Public Utilities Commission

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

Ed Harrington
MFAC Lifetime Achievement Award

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

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




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.


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