San Francisco

2010 Good Government Awards

This event has evolved and grown over the last three decades, but its purpose remains the same: to recognize and acknowledge exemplary job performance and leadership by San Francisco city employees. This year we are holding the awards ceremony in the spectacular rotunda in San Francisco City Hall, where SPUR will present a select number of outstanding city employees with the distinguished Public Managerial Excellence Award.

Contact SPUR for more information about sponsorship opportunities for this year's MFAC Good Government Awards, 415-644-4288 or

January 4 Deadline for inclusion in the first round of publicity and media materials (SPUR Urbanist,, San Francisco Business Times, advertisements, press releases, event posters, etc.) Later publicity deadlines posted online
January 8 Deadline for inclusion in print invitation
January 11 Deadline for inclusion in first e-mail invitation
February 1 Deadline for inclusion of name and advertisements in printed program
February 1 Deadline for inclusion in second e-mail invitation
February 12 Deadline for inclusion on event signage
February 12 Deadline for inclusion in event exhibit space and post-event publicity (SPUR Urbanist,, San Francisco Business Times)
February 22 Event day and final sponsorship deadline

Thank you to our 2010 MFAC Awards Sponsors

Contact SPUR for more information about sponsorship opportunities for this year's MFAC Good Government Awards, 415-644-4288 or

Award winners

Toni Coe
Municipal Transportation Agency
Toni Coe manages over 100 employees who keep our streets safe for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. From replacing street signs to painting bus and bike lanes, the Sustainable Streets division of the SFMTA stays on budget due to Toni's work to find system efficiencies. She oversaw the update of several antiquated technological tools including replacing a database system in use since the 1970s. She also provided field surveyors with 33 replacement trucks that dramatically reduced repair and maintenance costs. Toni acquired laptops for her field staff and improved response time to 311 requests. Because of Toni's work, the Sustainable Streets division is working in real time to meet goals for safer streets.

Robert Brent Dennis
Recreation and Park Department
Robert Brent Dennis is charged with the care of two premier facilities within Golden Gate Park: the Conservatory of Flowers and the San Francisco Botanical Garden, which includes the Strybing Arboretum. When he began his work with the City three years ago, neither facility had a balanced budget and both were depending on a reserve fund. After his first year, Robert had balanced the budget with a slight surplus. The management of both entities provides unique challenges, as both are City-owned institutions run by nonprofit organizations. Robert's ability to successfully manage a blended City/nonprofit workforce has strengthened the operations and fiscal viability of each of these City treasures.

Allison Magee
Juvenile Probation Department
Allison Magee's budgeting and cost saving decisions impact one of San Francisco's most vulnerable populations: at-risk youth. Allison developed a keen eye for savings during her five years in the Mayor's budget office. She saved the Juvenile Probation Department more than $1 million over the past two years alone. These savings reversed the ten-year trend of no new hiring, resulting in the hiring of ten new probation officers and 15 new counselors. Working collaboratively with other City law enforcement entities, the Juvenile Probation Department has been awarded much needed grants, including the "Second Chance Act" grant for the establishment of a re-entry court for kids who are returning from out-of-home placement.

Maria X. Martinez
Department of Public Health
By putting the needs of mental health, elderly and homeless clients first and insisting on systemic change, Maria has been able to bring about a major transformation at DPH. Two initiatives are especially noteworthy: The Supplemental Security Income (SSI)/Medicaid Initiative that she initiated has saved the City millions of dollars by providing clients with advocates to help them navigate the SSI approval channels. The city has already seen a 5-to-1 hard dollar return on investment in the newly established program. Maria also oversees the Coordinated Case Management System, an integrated electronic charting, reporting and communication tool for teams working with clients across multiple systems of care—largely the homeless and elderly.

Nadia Sesay
Controller's Office
Her colleagues in the industry recognize Nadia Sesay as an expert in her field due to her leadership and financial acumen. Nadia manages the structuring and restructuring of long-term obligations and financings for the City of San Francisco. With impeccable timing, just before the financial collapse of 2009, Nadia was able to save the City $5 million by replacing and enhancing the City's counterparty on then existing securities. At a time when many municipal governments have suffered downgraded credit ratings, Nadia has ensured San Francisco's stellar Aa2/AA/AA- rating. In order to capture savings and avoid interest costs, Nadia has led the City to re-finance debt. An estimated $40 million of net present value savings has been achieved since 2006 due to these efforts.

SPUR Infrastructure and Planning Award

Water System Improvement Program
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

In 2002, voters approved a bond to fund the $4.6 billion Water System Improvement Program (WSIP). WSIP will repair, replace and seismically upgrade the system that delivers water from Hetch Hetchy Reservoir to 2.5 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in the Bay Area. It is introducing state of the art technology that, in many cases, will last the system for the next 50 years. WSIP includes more than 80 projects throughout Northern California. On time and on budget performance, plus recession-era savings in construction costs will save the City $200 million, while the project also provides 28,000 trade, engineering, project management, public affairs and support jobs—just when we need them. SPUR commends the incredible team that is working to facilitate one of the largest water projects in the nation, and certainly the largest infrastructure program ever undertaken by the City of San Francisco.

Public Managerial Excellence Awards 2009-2010 Nominations


1. Erica Arteseros, Lieutenant, NERT, Fire Department
2. Gloria Corral, Deputy Director, Pre-school for All, Children’s & Families Commission
3. Barry Fraser, Telecommunications Policy Analyst, Department of Technology
4. Audrey Lawrence, Safety and Manager, San Francisco Airport Commission
5. Howard Lazar, Program Director, Street Artists Program, Arts Commission
6. Loretta Lieberman, Account Services Manager, Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector
7. Denise Martinez, Manager, Financial Planning and Analysis, Airport Traffic and Financial Performance/Forecasting, San Francisco International Airport
8. Elsie McAteer, Director of Special Events at City Hall, Convention Facilities Department
9. Jay Nath, Manager of Innovation, Department of Technology
10. Tom Neill, CAAP Manager Client Health Services, Human Services Agency
11. Mohammed Nuru, Deputy Director for Operations, Department of Public Works
12. Kristin Opbroek, Project Manager, Department of Public Works
13. Marge Vizcarra, SFPUC Customer Services Director, SFPUC


1. 311 Self-Service Portal


  • Andy Maimoni, Deputy Director, 311 Customer Service Center
  • Carson Chin, Business Analyst/Webmaster, 311 Customer Service Center
  • Alissa Black, Sr. Business Analyst, Department of Technology
2. Branch Library Improvement Program Team
  • Brian Bannon, Chief of Branches, San Francisco Public Library
  • Jill Bourne, Deputy City Librarian, San Francisco Public Library
  • Lena Ch'en, Bond Program Manager, Department of Public Works
  • Mindy Linetzky, Bond Program Administrator, DPW
  • Ann Lehman, Senior Policy Analyst, Department on the Status of Women
  • Anu Menon, Policy Analyst, Department on the Status of Women
4. Central Subway Project Management Team
  • John Funghi, Senior Program Manager (Team Leader), SFMTA
  • Albert Hoe, Deputy Program Manager, SFMTA
  • William Neilson, Program Manager Project Services, SFMTA
  • Arthur Wong, Construction Manager, SFMTA
5. Cross-Departmental Disability Disaster Preparedness Team
  • Carla Johnson, Emergency Planner and Compliance Officer, Mayor's Office on Disability
  • Robert Stengel, Planner, Department of Emergency Management
  • Joanna Fraguli, Deputy Director for Programmatic Access, Mayor's Office on Disability
  • John Paul Scott, Deputy Director for Physical Access, Mayor's Office on Disability
6. DBI Budget Team
  • Pamela Levin, Financial Services Manager, Department of Building Inspection
  • Sarah Luu, Senior Administrative Analyst, Department of Building Inspection
  • Elizabeth Salazar, Principal Accountant, Department of Building Inspection
  • Serena Chan, Senior Accounting Clerk, Department of Building Inspection
  • Josephine Liu, Accounting Intern/Senior Accountant
7. Department of Building Inspection
  • Robert Dudgeon, Deputy Director/Emergency Services Division
  • Lisa Hoffman, Deputy Director/ Emergency Communications Division
  • William Lee, Deputy Director, Administration and Support
8. The Exploratorium Project
  • Jennifer Sobol, Senior Project Manager, Port of San Francisco
  • Grace Park, Deputy City Attorney, City Attorney's Office
9. Municipal Zero Waste
  • Paul Ledesma, Municipal Zero Waste Manager, Department of the Environment
  • Julie Bryant, Municipal Zero Waste Assistant, Department of the Environment
  • Soko Made, Municipal Zero Waste Associate, Department of the Environment
  • Andrea DeLeon, Municipal Zero Waste Associate, Department of the

10. Paving Program Management Team
  • Ramon Kong, Program Manager, Public Works
  • Patrick Rivera, Street Division Manager, Public Works
  • Norman Yim, Construction Manager, Public Works
11. Public Safety Technology Operation Supervisors and Managers
  • Mike Hauck, Department of Technology
  • Joseph John, Department of Technology
  • Tom Uldrick, Department of Technology
  • Jack Donohoe, Department of Technology
12. Risk Management
  • Matt Hansen, Director of Risk Management, General Services Agency
  • Nancy Johnston-Bellarda, Deputy Director of Risk Management, General Services Agency
  • Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Risk Analyst, General Services Agency
  • Linda Yeung, Deputy City Administrator, General Services Agency
13. Water Supply Agreement Support Team
  • Molly Petrick, Water Resources Analyst, SFPUC
  • Bill Laws, Rates Administrator, SFPUC
  • Joshua Milstein, Deputy City Attorney, SFPUC
  • Charles Perl, Deputy CFO, SFPUC



Refund Policy

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.