Vijay Kumar, Vice President, CH2M Hill (Co-Chair): Vijay has expertise in large infrastructure and environmental projects such as water, water reuse and pipeline projects. His main focus is to promote sustainable growth of communities using innovative and creative solutions to transportation and utility needs of the communities. Currently, Vijay is Vice President of CH2MHILL (www.ch2m.com), an employee-owned global engineering and project delivery company with 28,000 people. For the fourth year in a row, CH2M HILL has been named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by the Ethisphere Institute. He was awarded XBG Synergy Award for his outstanding contribution to the company.
Vijay has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and Master’s Degree in Civil/Environmental engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California. He was Executive Sponsor of Congestion Management Working Group in San Francisco that is developing traffic congestion relief strategies supported by the Business Council on Climate Change.
Vijay served as the President of Sacramento Section of California Water Environment Association. He was awarded the Young Engineer of the Year by the National Society of Professional Engineers. Vijay was also awarded the 5S award by the Hawaii Chapter of the Water Environment Federation. Vijay is a strong supporter of improving efficiency in public administration and to identify future City leaders. Vijay served as Finance and Economic Development Commissioner for the City of Davis. He leads the Infrastructure Committee of San Francisco-Bangalore Sister City Initiative that is promoting cultural and trade opportunities between two cities. Vijay is a Board Member of San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR). He served as the Sponsorship Chair of the 2012 California Water Environment Association’s Annual Conference. He also served as the President and Board of Director of Kannada Sangha of Sacramento, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.
Rachel Kinney, Senior Technical Recruiter, Salesforce.com (Co-Chair): Rachel was a City Hall Fellow in the inaugural year of the program, SF2009. After working for the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement during her placement and helping to enforce the Health Care Security Ordinance (which requires employers to provide healthcare to their SF employees and was used as a model for the Affordable Care Act), she continued on as a worker advocate for a large healthcare union, SEIU-UHW. Her experience in local government created a passion for worker advocacy and led her to choose a career where she can continue to impact worker’s rights as Rachel has since moved into the private sector, supporting workers as a Technical Recruiter at Salesforce.com, the largest tech employer in San Francisco and the Most Innovative Company in the World (Forbes Magazine). Rachel graduated with Honors from CSU, Chico in 2006 with a degree in Sociology, where she received a number of prestigious awards for her commitment to social justice and volunteerism including the Barbara Peever’s Memorial Scholarship, Glenn Kendall Public Service Award, Outstanding Sociology Student of the Year Award, and the Robert Rankin Outstanding Sociology Student Award. She also volunteers her time as a Big Sister through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area mentorship program.
Adam Borelli, Founder, New Leaders Council & Senior Product Manager, Amazon Lab126 (Board Treasurer): Adam Borelli is a Senior Product Manager at Amazon Lab126. Adam has a history of involvement in civic organizations and entrepreneurial endeavors. As a college student at UC Berkeley he founded New Leaders Council, an organization committed to training the next generation of political entrepreneurs. At NLC Adam took the organization from founding to 20 chapters and over $800k budget in just six years. NLC is now in nearly 40 communities across the U.S. In addition to civic engagement, Adam was the Managing Director and Chair of the Board of the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition where he grew the organization’s reach and finances. Additionally, prior to attending MIT, Adam worked at Google.org on renewable energy investments, grants, programs, and policy. Outside of work Adam is the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of New Leaders Council and on the steering committee for Startup2Startup. Adam got his BA in Political Economy of Industrial Societies at the University of California at Berkeley and his MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He lives in Haight Ashbury with his wife, Jaime-Alexis Fowler, and can often be seen running in Golden Gate Park.
Bethany Rubin Henderson (Founder): Bethany is an award-winning social entrepreneur. She currently leads DC SCORES, an award-winning youth development organization that provides year-round expanded learning programs integrating athletics, arts, and civic service to low-income elementary and middle school students in Washington, DC. Previously, she served as a White House Fellow (http://1.usa.gov/9IfbFj) in the Obama Administration, working with the Cabinet Secretary in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs and for the Secretary of Interior. Among other things, Bethany laid a lot of the groundwork for My Brother’s Keeper, President Obama’s initiative focusing on helping boys and young men of color get and stay on track cradle to career. In 2008, Bethany launched City Hall Fellows, raising over $4M to build it during the recession.
Previously, Bethany was a trial attorney at international litigation powerhouse Quinn Emanuel, where she won a pro bono award from the California State Bar Association. She also helped build out the Center for Social Entrepreneurship at George Mason University, where, among other responsibilities, she led a significant overhaul of the Social Innovation Program curriculum. She began her career serving in NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s administration, helping to drive the city government’s adoption of (the then-brand-new) Internet technology. She is also co-creator of Grow With Me Tee, a clothing line that makes it fun for parents to track their kids’ growth from birth to high school graduation.
Bethany earned her JD at Harvard Law School and both an MA and BA (ΦBK and summa cum laude) at the University of Pennsylvania. She frequently writes and speaks about civic leadership. social entrepreneurship, and working families. She is a member of the Civic Collaboratory, an invite-only network of catalytic civic innovators from across the political spectrum and many domains, founded by Eric Liu. Bethany and her husband Daniel have two giggly little girls, one playful pup, and a blog about their attempt to juggle two careers and two kids at www.findingourbestselves.com.
Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez, Exec. Director, California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (women.ca.gov), President, San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women: From 2008-2012, Nancy served as Director of Government Affairs for the City/County of San Francisco. During her tenure she had direct responsibility for the implementation of a comprehensive government relations program that advanced the mission and priorities of the City at the federal and state and local level. Nancy also represented San Francisco as Mayor Gavin Newsom’s appointee to the Association of Bay Area Governments and co-chaired the San Francisco Collaborative against Human Trafficking.
Nancy’s experience spans more than 25 years in the public and private sector including national, state and local policy development and program implementation. She spent many years in senior positions in Washington DC. During the Clinton Administration, she served as Dep. Asst. Secretary for Intergovernmental Relations at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and before that a similar position at the US Department of Labor. She served Chief of Staff to the Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee and as a senior member of Senator Barbara Boxer’s campaign in 1992 and in 1997.
In addition to her volunteer leadership role with the San Francisco Commission and CHF, Kirshner-Rodriguez also serves on the California Museum Board, as National Board Secretary of Emerge America and on the San Francisco Jewish Community Relations Council. She resides with her husband Sam and daughter Kira Sonoma in the Presidio in San Francisco.
Jamie Querubin, Finance Analyst, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission: Jamie is an alumnus of the San Francisco 2012 cohort. After discovering her love for public finance at her placement in SFPUC Finance, Jamie stayed on as a Finance Analyst for the SFPUC where she continues to work on (and balance) the agency’s billion-dollar budget, long-term financial plans, and utility rates and charges. As a Fellow, Jamie worked on modeling the cost of service for SFPUC’s three service enterprises, including the financing of the $4.6 billion Water System Improvement Program and the $6.9 billion Sewer System Improvement Program. Jamie graduated from Stanford University in 2011 with a degree in Political Science. She plans on pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Master’s degree in Business Administration in the future.
Thomas Gonzales: Thomas completed his City Hall Fellows year in 2013, during which he worked for the Organizational Development and Training office at the San Francisco International Airport. As a Fellow, Thomas worked on tracking organization-wide strategic planning goals, as well as implementing numerous training projects to support staff professional development. Along with the other members of his CHF Civic Consulting Project group, Thomas was commended by the Board of Supervisors for his part in organizing an innovative community engagement workshop in the Outer Sunset neighborhood. After his Fellowship, he interned with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and worked on a research project for TransForm, a leading transportation advocacy non-profit. He most recently served as a Field Organizer on the successful Libby Schaaf for Oakland Mayor campaign.
Whitney Ramos, Analyst, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (former Co-Chair): Whitney was a 2011 San Francisco City Hall Fellow. She worked in the Power Enterprise of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission where she created reports on topics ranging from energy efficiency incentives to utility trouble response planning. Whitney graduated with High Honors from UC Berkeley in 2010, earning her B.S. in Environmental Economics and Policy. She continues to work for the Power Enterprise in the Regulatory Affairs Division.
Molly Peterson, Analyst, Office of the San Francisco Assessor-Recorder: Molly Peterson is an alumna of the 2014 San Francisco City Hall Fellows cohort. During the program, she worked with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department on safety projects, emergency preparedness, and performance data analysis. Molly is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied Political Science and Public Policy with a special focus on American politics.