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Commissioner Biographies

Ann Moller Caen is President of the Commission. She is also the retired President of her own company, Moller & Associates, a consulting firm. She was first appointed to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission by Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr. in March 1997 and was reappointed for a second term in November 2001. Mayor Gavin Newsom reappointed her to a third term in January 2005. Mayor Ed Lee reappointed her to a fourth term in September 2012. She served as President of the Commission on four different occasions, July 1998 to January 2000; September 2001 to January 2003; January 2008 to September 2009; and October 2014 to October 2015.

In addition to serving in the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Caen serves on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco Symphony. She has served the Board of the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Board of Fisherman’s Wharf Merchant’s Association, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Board of Trustees of Golden Gate University, as well as the UCSF Foundation. Caen was also a Director of Pier 39, Siwel Incorporated and Sico Incorporated. Additionally, she was President of her own company, the Nob Hill Capital and Publisher of the San Francisco Visitor News.

She has served as delegate on many Chamber of Commerce Trade Missions. Other involvements of hers included the Audubon Canyon Ranch, the International Hospitality Center, KQED, and the Northern California Cancer Center.

Caen holds a BS in Biology and Education and an MBA in Finance. She is the widow of Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, Herb Caen.

Vice President Caen serves in Seat 3: Experience in project finance. Her current term began 9/27/16 and ends 8/1/20.


Francesca Vietor is Vice President of the Commission. She currently serves as Senior Adviser at The San Francisco Foundation. She develops grant making recommendations for donors and implements programs to advance racial, economic and environmental equity. Previously, Francesca served for two years as Senior Director for Expanding Access to Opportunity at the Foundation, directing grant making and initiatives in criminal justice, workforce development, transit, education and infrastructure. Before her promotion to Senior Director in 2016, Francesca served for five years as Program Director for Environment, Public Policy, and Civic Engagement at the Foundation.

Before starting at The San Francisco Foundation in 2010, Francesca was executive director of the Chez Panisse Foundation, president of the Urban Forest Council, president of the Commission on the Environment, and chair of Mayor Newsom’s Environmental Transition Team. She has worked for several non-profits, including Rainforest Action Network and Greenpeace, and she serves on the boards of SPUR and Resilient by Design. Francesca holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree from Georgetown University and she pens a blog for The Huffington Post.

Francesca has served as President of the Commission twice in her ten year tenure.

Commissioner Vietor serves in Seat 1: Experience in environmental justice policy and an understanding of environmental justice issues. Her current term began 9/30/16 and ends 8/1/20.

Anson Moran brings more than four 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.

Commissioner Moran has also served as Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein with a focus on San Francisco Bay-Delta issues. Until recently he maintained a 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.

In July 2009 he was appointed by Mayor Newsom and confirmed by the Board of Supervisors. In October 2014 was reappointed by Mayor Lee and reconfirmed by the Board of Supervisors. In 2018 reappointed by Mayor Breed and reconfirmed by the Board of Supervisors.

Commissioner Moran serves in Seat 4: Experience in water systems, power systems, or public utility management. His current term began 9/25/18 and ends 8/1/22.

Sophie MaxwellSophie Maxwell served three terms on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing San Francisco's District 10 which includes Potrero Hill, Bayview Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley, Silver Terrace, Dogpatch, Little Hollywood, and the Portola districts.

During her tenure, Sophie Maxwell worked for more equitable distribution of public resources, increasing economic development opportunities for all San Franciscans, and nurturing and empowering our City's most vulnerable residents. Sophie continues to advocate for environmental justice, clean energy, and children's health and educational programs.

Sophie Maxwell was the Chairperson of the Land Use and Economic Development Committee, where she focused on sustaining and enhancing San Francisco's communities by investing in its residents.

As a member of the Government Audit and Oversight Committee, she was a driving force for accountability and transparency in local government, and for new business and economic development.

As a member of the County Transportation Authority and a Board member of Workforce Investment San Francisco, Sophie Maxwell played an integral role in shaping San Francisco's workforce system. One of her goals was to support strong working partnerships involving businesses, educational institutions, community based organizations and City agencies.

"All San Franciscans are a source of true pride, and they represent the most important resource for our City's future."

 Commissioner Maxwell serves in Seat 2: Experience in ratepayer or consumer advocacy. Her current term to fulfill the unexpired portion of a four-year term ends on August 1, 2022.

Tim PaulsonTim Paulson has over two decades of experience in the labor movement. In 2018 he was elected the Secretary-Treasurer of the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council, which consists of 32 unions representing 20,000 San Francisco construction workers.

Prior to this election, he was the Executive Director of the San Francisco Labor Council, which is comprised of 150 local unions representing over 100,000 working men and women in San Francisco. Before joining the San Francisco Labor Council, he worked as the Political Director and Assistant Executive Officer of the San Mateo County Central Labor Council.

A Journeyman Tilesetter since 1981, Tim served as a principal officer and business agent for the 45-county Bricklayers, Tilelayers, and Allied Craftworkers Local 3 and was Apprenticeship Coordinator for the Northern California Tilelayers and Tile Finishers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.

He is the chair of the San Francisco State University Labor Archives Board and serves on both the San Francisco City College Labor Studies and the University of California Berkeley Institute for Labor Education and Research advisory boards. He is a director of the United Way of the Bay Area and serves on the executive board of the California Democratic Party as elected Chair of the Labor Caucus.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Macalester College and lives in San Francisco.

Commissioner Paulson serves in Seat 5: At-Large Member. His current term to fulfill the unexpired portion of a four-year term ends on August 1, 2020.

Last updated: 1/13/2020 11:52:55 AM