San Francisco

2011 Good Government Awards


The Municipal Fiscal Advisory Committee (MFAC) is pleased to host the 31st annual Good Government Awards on March 21, 2011. This event has evolved 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.

Event chair Michael Walker, President of U.S. Bank of Northern California, City department heads and the Mayor of San Francisco will present a select number of outstanding City employees with the distinguished Public Managerial Excellence Award. The event will include a hosted reception, and present sponsors with the opportunity to meet with City department heads, members of the Board of Supervisors, other elected officials and business and community leaders in an informal atmosphere. In addition, all former San Francisco mayors are being invited to join the current mayor that evening.

See info about the 2010 and 2009 events.

Sponsor Info


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



2011 Chair

Michael Walker, US Bank Northern California

Good Government Advocate

Good Government Steward

  • Academy of Art University
  • Bank of the West
  • Comcast
  • KPMG
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB)
  • San Francisco International Airport
  • Recology
  • Webcor Builders
  • Wells Fargo

Good Government Partner

  • ARCADIS / Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.
  • Arup
  • Catholic Healthcare West
  • Forest City Development
  • Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP
  • Jacobs
  • Jones Hall
  • MACTEC, Inc.
  • Municipal Transportation Agency
  • Public Financial Management
  • San Francisco Waterfront Partners
  • Seifel Consulting
  • ZipCar

Good Government Supporter

  • AGS, Inc.
    Andy & Sara Barnes
    Emerald Fund, Inc.
    Anne Halsted & Wells Whitney
    Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Co.
    Richard Lonergran
    MJM Management Group
    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
    San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
    Westfield Corporation, Inc.

Media Sponsors


Award Winners



Why she was selected: In recognition of her vital role in the City, her leadership in developing the City's Infectious Disease Response Plan and for her exemplary response to the 2009 outbreak of the H1N1 Influenza, Dr. Susan Fernyak has been selected for a 2011 MFAC Public Managerial Excellence Award. Dr. Fernyak's response to the H1N1 epidemic was not only an exceptional response for the City and County of San Francisco, but also influenced and changed the way the state and federal government as well as many other cities responded to the epidemic. It allowed for vaccines to be available in San Francisco a week before any neighboring counties and kept the number of H1N1 cases per capita lower than in other localities. She also commands the respect of her staff, other departments and colleagues in the private sector.


Why she was selected: In recognition of her passion and expertise that has furthered the mission of the Permits and Reservations Department by modernizing systems and reorganizing the staff to increase access to parks, significantly increase revenue, and focus on customer service, Dana Ketcham has been selected for a 2011 MFAC Public Managerial Excellence Award. Although it is unusual, Dana actually became involved in the Recreation and Park Department as a full-time volunteer when she spent two years redesigning the 103 athletic fields' reservation and permit system. She surveyed all field users and helped with public meetings to develop a season-by-season plan and online reservation and permit system. This new process added 35,000 hours of field playtime, more than doubling total field availability and capacity. Field users have enthusiastically received the outcome. She was then hired as the Reservation and Permits Manager and has completely automated all permits and reservation customer service functions by incorporating them into the recreation management database system – SFRecOnline. She led a staff reorganization to optimize customer service delivery, which has resulted in a 12% increase in permit fees – an increase of $600,000 from $3.5 million to now $4.5 million.


Why she was selected: In recognition of her leadership and vision in making San Francisco Airport a vibrant marketplace and increasing revenue, Cheryl Nashir has been selected for a 2011 MFAC Public Managerial Excellence Award. Since joining the Airport in 2006 she has developed and managed a dynamic mix of food and beverage, retail stores, duty free stores, advertising programs, rental car businesses and other services (with 9 of 15 leases being Bay Area businesses). That work has resulted in an overall 24% increase (totaling $19.3 million) in commercial revenue during Cheryl's tenure- $2.9 million of which goes directly to the General Fund. She also recently developed a successful concessions program for renovation of Terminal 2 that will generate $4.6 million to the airport and $700,000 to the General Fund.



Tony Lugo, Program Director, Workforce Development Services Division
Jim Whelly, Manager, Employment Services, Workforce Development Services Division
Dave Curto, Director of Contracts, Contracts Division
Leo Sauceda, Manager, Examinations and Operations, Human Resources

Why they were selected: In recognition of their leadership and impact through utilizing federal stimulus funds to put San Franciscans back to work, the JobsNow Program Management Team has been selected for a 2011 MFAC Public Managerial Excellence Award. The JobsNow Program was arguably the most innovative and effective subsidized employment program in the United States. During a time of high unemployment, the JobsNow team quickly built a local structure that put thousands to work in San Francisco. By acting fast and getting the word out to private and nonprofit employers, they were able to capture the largest amount per capita of any city in the country out of the Federal government's $5 billion in funding for subsidized employment. They were consistently ahead of target and had 1,000 people already enrolled in San Francisco at a time when no other city in the country had anyone enrolled. Upon termination of the program they had employed 4,127 people and captured almost $60 million in wages for San Franciscans. They managed and developed a program that efficiently put thousands to work, made strong connections with the business community and began to establish a new model for delivering workforce development services.


Brian Strong, Director, Capital Planning Program
Adam Van de Water, Principal Administrator, Capital Planning Program
Fran Breeding, Senior Administrative Analyst, Capital Planning Program
Brian Benson, Business Analyst, Capital Planning Program

Why they were selected: In recognition of creating a model program that allows San Francisco to monitor and plan for its infrastructure investments the Capital Planning Program Team has been selected for a 2011 MFAC Public Managerial Excellence Award. Drawing on national best practices, they completed an analysis of the City's entire infrastructure, the backlog and its impact and created a 10-year capital plan mapping out future investment priorities. They update the plan and the proposed capital budget each year. This allows City leaders to make infrastructure decisions based on need and not on politics. The capital planning team has earned the respect of the political establishment and the other departments by drawing together a cohesive team and a thorough process.

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 [email protected] 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.