“Doing well, good. Doing good, better.” Those six words are Mike’s personal mission statement. A native Californian, Mike is passionate about teaching young people how government works and about mentoring emerging civic leaders. He got his start because others took the time to educate and mentor him. Mike began his career as a Legislative Aide working with numerous elected officials, then went on to serve as the first full-time Executive Director of the California 4-H Youth Foundation. Mike also has spent many years bridging the public and private sectors as a consultant. As a consultant to local government, services Mike provided include: formation and administration of property-based funding mechanisms, creation of constituent education/community feedback programs and advocacy of issues/interests before other agencies. He also provided public affairs, marketing and advocacy services on behalf of youth education/training programs, the construction community, homeowners associations, and green-technology firms. During his career, Mike has trained thousands of young people and adults on how government works and has led dozens of educational and advocacy trips to Sacramento and Washington, D.C. Mike started with City Hall Fellows as the San Francisco Program Director and was promoted to Executive Director in 2012.
Mike earned an M.B.A. from St. Mary’s College and a B.A. in Government from California State University, Sacramento. The parent of two grown children, (his son is a Special Operations pilot in the Air Force and daughter is in the Sports Management field) Mike spends his free time assisting programs and services that support the families of Air Force Academy appointees or those serving active duty in the military. Mike makes his (now empty) nest in the Bay Area.
Jade is motivated by helping the City Hall Fellows imagine and find creative possibilities for themselves and San Francisco. She began at City Hall Fellows in August 2014 and oversees the Civic Leadership Development Program and mentors the Fellows on group projects and their individual development plans.
For the last decade, Jade has been a consultant in public health policy planning and is passionate about health equity and building healthy communities. She also has experience in the private sector and with NGOs. Jade received a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Union College and a M.A. from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
On the weekends, Jade can be found with her husband and their two children at the farmer’s market, cheering on their soccer teams, and practicing yoga.
Bethany founded CHF in 2008. She 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.