Rachel Kinney, Senior Technical Recruiter, ModCloth (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.
Jamie Querubin, Bond Analyst, Controller’s Office of Public Finance (Co-Chair): 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 before moving to the Controllers Office in 2015. 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.
Vijay Kumar, Vice President, CH2M Hill (Treasurer): 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.
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.
Thomas Gonzales, Master of City Planning student, UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design: 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.