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Francesca VietorFrancesca Vietor is the President of the Commission. She has more than 20 years of experience working for environmental and social change in the United States and internationally. Previous positions include serving as President of the Urban Forest Council (2003-2005), Chair of the Mayor’s Environmental Transition Team (2003), President of the S.F. Commission on the Environment (1997-1999), and Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment (1999-2001). Francesca was appointed to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission in September of 2008.

President Vietor is currently the Program Director for Environment, Public Policy and Civic Engagement at The San Francisco Foundation. Previously she served as the Executive Director of the Chez Panisse Foundation. She has served on both the staff and board of the Rainforest Action Network and worked for Greenpeace, Island Press, Commonweal, and CARE Madagascar. She is the co-founder and co-director of 1000 Flowers, a national woman’s voter registration and mobilization effort, which registered and activated over 20,000 women in 47 states.

President Vietor has also contributed to her community through many board appointments over the years. She currently serves on the board of directors of EWG and SPUR. She holds a Bachelor of Sciences from Georgetown University, pens a blog for the Huffington Post. Vietor lives in San Francisco with her daughter Chiara. 

President Vietor serves in Seat 1: Experience in environmental justice policy and an understanding of environmental justice issues. Her current term began 8/1/16 and ends 8/1/20.

Anson MoranAnson Moran is Vice President of the Commission. He brings more than three decades of experience with the City and County of San Francisco and water, wastewater and power issues, including 17 years of leadership positions within the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). From 1993 to 2000, he served as General Manager of the SFPUC, overseeing the reorganization of the agency that removed Muni and added the Clean Water Program (Wastewater) to the agency’s operations.

From 1988-1993, he held the post of General Manager of Hetch Hetchy Water and Power and previously served as Assistant General Manager for Finance. In his years at the SFPUC and as a founding member of California Urban Water Agencies, Commissioner Moran was instrumental in fostering greater cooperation among Bay Area water agencies and elevating the SFPUC to a position of national utility leadership.

Vice President Moran has also served as Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein with a focus on San Francisco Bay-Delta issues. He currently runs his own consulting practice providing water resource development services. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Masters in Urban Studies from Occidental College.

He was appointed by Mayor Newsom and confirmed by the Board of Supervisors in July 2009; and in October 2014 was reappointed by Mayor Lee and reconfirmed by the Board of Supervisors.

Vice President Moran serves in Seat 4: Experience in water systems, power systems, or public utility management. His current term began 10/21/14 and ends 8/1/18.

Ann Moller CaenAnn Moller Caen is President of her own company, Moller & Associates, a consulting firm. She also serves on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco Symphony, the Board of Trustees of Golden Gate University, as well as the UCSF Foundation. She has served on Boards of the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Fisherman's Wharf Merchant's Association, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Caen was also a Director of Pier 39, Siwel, Inc., and Sico Inc. Additionally, she was President of the Nob Hill Capital and Publisher of the San Francisco Visitor News. She is also involved with the Audubon Canyon Ranch, the International Hospitality Center, KQED, the California Pacific Medical Center, the San Francisco Junior League, and the Northern California Cancer Center, the San Francisco Junior League, and the Northern California Cancer Center.

Commissioner Caen holds a BS in Biology and Education and an MBA in Finance. She is the widow of Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, Herb Caen. She was first appointed by Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. in March 1997, and reappointed for a second term in November 2001.  Mayor Gavin Newsom reappointed her to a third term in January 2005. Mayor Edwin Lee reappointed her to a fourth term in September 2012.  She served as President of the Commission from July 1998 to January 2000; September 2001 until January 2003; January 2008 until September 2009; and October 2014 until October 2015. 

Commissioner Caen serves in Seat 3: Experience in project finance. Her current term began 8/1/16 and ends 8/1/20.

Vince CourtneyVince Courtney is a San Francisco native and has been the Labor Representative/Political Director for Laborers' International Union (LiUNA!) Local 261 since 2004. He was appointed to the Northern California District Council of Laborers (NCDCL) as Special Assistant to LiUNA! Vice-President and NCDCL Business Manager Oscar De La Torre in 2009, and is involved in labor relations/collective bargaining throughout the region.

In 2010, 2013, and 2016 he was elected to the Executive Committee of the San Francisco Labor Council, and in 2009 was appointed to the Board of Directors of the California Alliance for Jobs. Vince is also a delegate to the California Labor Federation, the SF Building Trades Council, the San Francisco Alliance, and is an Executive Officer at RiseSF.

Courtney also serves as the Government Liaison of the Laborers' Community & Training Foundation, developing unique "pre-apprenticeship" career pathway and career opportunities for community youth in the construction trades. Vince assisted in the development of the Mario De La Torrey Academy (2015), which currently administers the Mayor's Pre-Apprenticeship Program City-wide.

A member of the SF Department of Public Works Apprenticeship Board since 2005, and of the SF Recreation and Parks Department Apprenticeship Board since 2010, Vince actively seeks business, community, and labor support efforts to advance the agenda of the Community Workforce at large.

A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, he earned his law degree from San Francisco Law School in 1999. Under Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr., he served the City as Delinquency Prevention Commissioner and later as member of the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force. He was appointed to the SFPUC by Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2009, and was re-appointed by Mayor Edwin Lee in 2013, and again in 2016. (@vincecourtney) 

Commissioner Courtney serves in Seat 5: At-Large Member. His current term began 8/1/16 and ends 8/1/20.

commissioner Ike KwonIke Kwon is a native Chicagoan but has returned to San Francisco, the city in which his father first arrived after leaving post-war Korea in the 1950s. He currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the California Academy of Sciences where he oversees the daily functions of the Academy, including public and facility operations, security and safety, legal and government affairs, and community relations; and oversees the Technology Group.

Ike serves his community through a number of appointments and volunteer activities, including the San Francisco Parks Alliance Advisory Council, District 4 Leadership Group; Inner Sunset Merchants Association CBD Advisory Board; Palace of Fine Arts Advisory Committee; and the San Francisco Travel Association Board of Directors. He is involved with Friends of the Urban Forest as District 4 Front Yard Ambassador, and volunteers at Cornerstone Church in the Mission. Ike provides free martial arts instruction to neighborhood children in the Sunset.

Prior to moving to San Francisco, Ike held leadership positions at the Walt Disney Company; the Museum of Science and Industry; and Starwood Lodging. While in Chicago, he was a homeless advocate for Breakthrough, opening their first homeless shelter in 1997 and eventually serving on their Board of Directors.

Ike was a Cook Scholar at the University of Chicago where he earned a degree in Public Policy. He lives in the Sunset with his wife and two children.

Commissioner Kwon serves in Seat 2: Experience in ratepayer or consumer advocacy. His current term began 2/25/15 and ends 8/1/18.


Last updated: 9/23/2016 10:12:59 AM