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San Francisco Department Public Health

CEDAW Award for Health

As Director of Health for the City & County of San Francisco, Barbara Garcia oversees comprehensive health services throughout the City including two hospitals, San Francisco General Hospital and Laguna Honda Hospital, 9 primary care health centers, and several Wellness Centers located in public high schools. Through Barbara’s leadership, the Health Department implemented innovative programs to reduce homelessness and violence, including a medically supervised sobering center and intensive case management program for public inebriates, citywide homeless outreach teams, violence response teams, and supportive housing.

In 1999, she was appointed as Deputy Director to oversee the department’s community programs, composed of 2,000 employees and 150 community-based organizations delivery primary care, behavioral health, maternal and child health, prevention and health promotion, housing and urban health, indigent health, adolescent health, and women’s health services. She previously served as Associate Administrator of AIDS at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Early in her career, Barbara served as the Executive Director of Salud Para La Gente Health Center in Watsonville, a rural health facility that served farm worker families. She successfully secured federal funds to open satellite clinics and build capacity for the clinic that now serves over 10,000 families annually. In 1993, Barbara was named one of ten individuals selected as inaugural Community Health Leaders by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a program to recognize “unsung and inspiring individuals who work...among the most disenfranchised address...intractable health care problems.”

A native of Southern California who has been working since age 14, Barbara was the first in her family to receive a college degree, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Community Studies/Education Credentialing Program from the UC Santa Cruz. She also holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco and an honorary PhD in 2008 from the California Institute of Integral Studies for her innovative work in advancing community mental health.

DORKA KEEHN, Journalist and Social Entrepreneur

Journalist and Social Entrepreneur

Claire Joyce Tempongko Memorial Award

The Claire Joyce Tempongko Memorial Award is presented to a community leader who has contributed significantly towards keeping women safe from domestic violence, and is named in memory of Claire Joyce Tempongko who, in 2000, was brutally murdered in front of her two children by her ex-boyfriend, but whose case has served as the impetus for fundamental reform of San Francisco’s response to domestic violence.

For over a decade and until last year, Dorka Keehn served on the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women and chaired the Justice & Courage Oversight Panel, a subcommittee focused domestic violence policy reforms in the wake of the Tempongko murder. Through her leadership, the Commission launched an investigation into the murder and the Oversight Panel was established to oversee hundreds of recommendations arising from the investigation. For example, language access to ensure that limited English proficiency victims are able to communicate with first responders has been a priority for the Panel. Through the work of Panel members together with community advocates, police officers responding to domestic violence incidents now have access to interpreters who cover over 170 languages via cell phones.

Currently a Commissioner on the San Francisco Arts Commission, Dorka is also an award-winning conceptual artist and social entrepreneur exploring the power of the individual to effect change, with a focus on supporting women’s leadership. As the Chief Muse of KEEHN ON ART, she works in diverse media including radio, film, and sculpture. She was Co-Producer of the Emmy award-winning documentary “Of Civil Rights and Wrongs: The Fred Korematsu Story,” now distributed by PBS, which tells the story of a Bay Area man who challenged the Japanese American incarceration during World War II. Her recent projects include ECO AMAZONS: 20 Women Who Are Transforming the World, the first illustrated book on American women environmentalists and Language of the Birds, the first solar-powered public sculpture, located in San Francisco, which was voted one of the best public artworks in the US by Americans for the Arts.

A leader in the women’s movement, she is a founder of EMERGE AMERICA, the premier training program for Democratic women who plan to run for political office, and a founding board member of IGNITE, which provides political and civic education for high school and college women.

JAMEL PERKINS, Past President, Partners Ending Domestic Abuse

Past President
Partners Ending Domestic Abuse

CEDAW Award for Anti-Violence

Currently a member of the Justice and Courage Oversight Panel, a sub-committee of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women, JaMel Perkins co-founded Partners Ending Domestic Abuse in San Francisco which supported the Domestic Violence Consortium since its inception nearly 20 years ago. Dedicated to eliminating domestic violence and ensuring the basic rights of safety, self-determination, and well-being to victims and survivors of domestic violence and their children, the DVC is composed of 17 agencies that provide high quality, coordinated and comprehensive services to San Francisco’s victims of domestic abuse.

JaMel began work in this field when, having moved to the Bay Area from Chicago in 1986, she started volunteering as a legal advocate for the Battered Women’s Alternative in Concord and eventually became President of the Board of Directors during which time she chaired a successful capital campaign to provide transitional housing to domestic violence victims and their families. Early in her career as a community advocate, JaMel was the Founder and President of Service for the Handicapped through Advocacy, Research and Endowment in Chicago. Also passionate about the transformative power of public education, JaMel served as President of the San Francisco Education Fund that is committed to innovative approaches to improving student success and building a shared sense of responsibility to strengthen San Francisco’s public schools. Currently her focus is on implementing an anti-violence curriculum in the public schools. JaMel has also served on the leadership boards for NARAL, the Arthritis Foundation, the Greenbelt Alliance, and the UCSF Wellness Council.

She has been married for 44 years to her high school sweetheart Tom Perkins, and her tireless efforts to do good has been handed down to her son who also lives in San Francisco with his two children. A former public school teacher in San Francisco, Alec serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Tipping Point, a philanthropic community that, in a highly creative and strategic effort to “make poverty preventable in the San Francisco Bay Area,” has raised more than $38 million to educate, employ, house and support nearly 150,000 Bay Area people in need.

KAREN KAI, Arts and Cultural Education Advocate

Arts and Cultural Education Advocate

CEDAW Award for Culture

A tireless advocate for human and cultural rights, attorney Karen Kai shares her Japanese American heritage through a variety of means. As one of just a few women on the legal team for the Fred Korematsu coram nobis case which is now read by law students throughout the country, she worked tirelessly in the successful effort to vacate the wartime conviction of Fred Korematsu who refused to comply with military orders incarcerating 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II without due process.

Recognizing that San Francisco Japantown is just one of only three remaining in the country, Karen led the development of San Francisco Japantown’s self-guided History Walk and has actively engaged in efforts to protect and promote important cultural sites in Japantown, including iconic sculptor Ruth Asawa’s Origami Fountains on Buchanan Mall and the Julia Morgan-designed Japanese YWCA Building, established by the first generation of Japanese immigrant women. Reflecting her commitment to advancing Japanese language and cultural education among children, Karen served for many years on the Board of Directors of Nihonmachi Little Friends, a community-based Japanese bilingual and multicultural childcare center, and she is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the 40-year old Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program, now at Rosa Parks Elementary School in the Western Addition, that was founded by community leaders to provide Japanese language and cultural instruction within the San Francisco public school system.

Karen has organized numerous projects linking diverse communities, including “My Name is Jazz” a residency program bringing jazz musicians and poets to Rosa Parks School and the World Tree of Hope, an annual public art project created by the Rainbow World Fund, an LGBT international aid organization, that displays thousands of origami cranes inscribed with wishes of hope on the City Hall holiday tree. She resides in San Francisco with her husband of many years Bob Rusky, and together they have a grown son who is also active in the Japanese American community.

MARISSA MAYER, Vice President, Local, Maps, and Localization, Google

Vice President, Local, Maps, and Localization

CEDAW Award for Technology

In the heavily male-dominated world of high technology, Marissa Mayer has shaped the success of one of the best known technology companies, Google. As Vice President of Local, Maps, and Location Services at Google, Marissa Mayer oversees product management, engineering, design and strategy for the company’s suite of local and geographical products, including Google Maps, Google Earth, Zagat, Street View, and local search. During her 12 year tenure at Google, Marissa has held numerous positions, including engineer, designer, product manager, and executive, and has launched over 100 well-known features and products. Prior to her current role, she played an instrumental role in Google search, leading the product management efforts for more than 10 years, a period during which Google Search grew to well over a billion searches per day. Marissa led the development of some of Google’s most successful services including image, book and product search, toolbar, and iGoogle, and defined such pivotal products as Google News and Gmail. Joining as the company’s first female engineer in 1999, Marissa has played an important role in developing Google’s culture. Her contributions have included overseeing the look-and-feel of the company’s iconic homepage and founding the Associate Product Manager program, which has hired over 300 of the company’s future leaders, both women and men.

Prior to joining Google, Marissa worked at the UBS Research Lab in Switzerland and at SRI International in Menlo Park. She graduated with honors from Stanford University with a BS in Symbolic Systems and a MS in Computer Science. While at Stanford, she taught computer programming to over 3000 students and received the Centennial Teaching and Forsythe Awards for her contributions to undergraduate education.

For 4 years running, Fortune magazine has named her one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business, including when, at age 33, she was the youngest woman ever included on the list. Marissa serves on the boards of various non-profits, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Ballet, the Smithsonian National Design Museum and the New York City Ballet.

PAMELA HEMANN, Executive Director, Leadership California

Executive Director
Leadership California

CEDAW Award for Leadership

Pamela Hemann, CAE, is Executive Director of the Foundation for Leadership California, a statewide organization focused on advancing women in leadership roles in business, government and communities across the state. With the vision of “Moving Women from Success to Significance,” the organization’s signature initiative is the California Issues and Trends Program that recruits a class of accomplished women leaders from across the state and sectors to engage them on the cutting-edge trends facing California, the nation, and the world. As Executive Director, Pamela has inspired thousands of women leaders to exercise their leadership at work and in the community. Alumnae of the program include Elmy Bermejo, former California Commissioner on the Status of Women who is now serving in the Obama Administration as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs in the Department of Labor and Adrienne Pon, Director of the San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs, who received a CEDAW Women’s Human Rights Award last year.

Prior to Leadership California, Pamela held positions with trade associations and professional societies in Washington, DC. She is active in her professional organization, the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), based in Washington, DC and the allied California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE). She earned her Certified Association Executive designation in 1989 and was inducted as a Fellow in the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) in 1996. She is a past national chairman of the ASAE and was a member of the ASAE’s “7 Measures of Success” Task Force, a group of 14 individuals responsible for research, analysis and writing of “7 Measures of Success: What Remarkable Associations Do That Others Don’t.” The research project was mentored by “Good to Great” author Jim Collins. She has since been a critical reader of two of his books on organizational leadership.

In her community, she is a past president of the Pasadena Center Operation Co. and served on the board of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the California Institute of Technology. She holds degrees from the University of Denver and the University of Nebraska.

CHARLENE HARVEY, Trustee, Presidio Trust

Presidio Trust

CEDAW Award for Environment

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama appointed Charlene Harvey to the Board of Directors of the Presidio Trust, established by the US Congress in 1996 to administer the Presidio of San Francisco, an urban national park located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge the includes a 300 acre historic forest and 469 historic structures that contribute to the Presidio’s status as a National Historic Landmark District. As former Board Chair of the Golden Gate Parks Conservancy, Charlene led the creation and funding of the Inspiration Point Overlook in memory of her late husband Jim Harvey, CEO of TransAmerica, and chair of the Presidio Council. In that role she also headed the $34 million dollar restoration of Crissy Field, the former salt marsh and famed military airfield, to its natural wetland habitat.

Other environmental organizations she has worked with include Conservation International, the WELL Network, a women-led, nonpartisan, nonprofit membership organization concerned about the environment and its connection to the health of families, and Rachel’s Network that “promotes women as impassioned leaders and agents of change dedicated to the stewardship of the earth.” Charlene sees the need for environmental groups to change focus. “Those working on environmental issues need to work more closely with business to achieve common goals. There must be change in the rhetoric. The issues raised and championed must be more relevant to the environment as a whole.”

Charlene currently serves on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Foundation and Schwab Charitable. She was previously Board Chair of KQED and Grants for the Arts and President of the Junior League of San Francisco. She has also served on the boards of California Pacific Medical Center, the Rosenberg Foundation, and the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, among others. She began her career working as a staff consultant to nonprofit organizations at the Management Center of San Francisco. During her 16 year tenure at the Center, she worked with a wide variety of community organizations.
Charlene is an ardent fly fisherwoman and was the first woman member of the hundred year old Flat Rock Club in Idaho.

DRUCILLA RAMEY, Esq., Dean, Golden Gate University School of Law

Golden Gate University School of Law

CEDAW Award for Education

Drucilla Stender Ramey, Dean of the Golden Gate University School of Law since 2009, has been devoted to the achievement of equal opportunity and access in the justice system throughout her career. She served as a co-founder and board leader of a wide variety of groups devoted to diversity and equality, including California Women Lawyers, the California Minority Counsel Program, and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. Previously, she was an impact case litigator at Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

A nationally-recognized expert on diversity in the legal profession, Dru has assumed many leadership roles to influence the shape and direction of the legal field, including Chair of the ACLU of Northern California, Executive Director of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and Executive Director of the New York-based National Association of Women Judges. When Dru left the Bar Association after serving as Executive Director for 17 years, Elizabeth Cabraser of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein endowed the Bar Association with $1 million in Ramey’s honor for its Volunteer Legal Services Program. Later, in 2009, when she was appointed Dean of the Golden Gate University School of Law, Bingham McCutchen Partner Raymond Marshall stated “She is an icon in the City, a real force of nature.”

She has always had a longstanding commitment to advancing women’s rights. Under then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein, Dru served as President of the Commission on the Status of Women and presided over a difficult transition period where the Commission, amid a groundswell of community support, was restored to an independent agency. She was also an early leader in the Friends of the Commission on the Status of Women which was created to publicize and expand funding for the Commission’s work.

Her honors include the ABA’s Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, the American Jewish Committee’s Learned Hand Award and the National Bar Association’s Wiley Branton Award. Dru was recently recognized as one of twenty women pioneers in the law by The Recorder. She received her BA magna cum laude from Harvard University and her JD from Yale Law School.

JULIANNE CARTWRIGHT TRAYLOR, Associate Director of International Programs, USF School of Law

Associate Director of International Programs
USF School of Law

CEDAW Legacy Award

Julianne Cartwright Traylor, Associate Director of International Programs at the University of San Francisco School of Law, is an internationally recognized expert in international human rights law and policy with a focus on the United Nations, gender and development Issues, and the realization of economic, social and cultural rights. She was key among the community leaders who successfully advocated for the adoption of the local ordinance reflecting the principles of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, an international bill of rights for women, by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

In 1998, San Francisco became the first, and still only, city in the world to have enacted a CEDAW Ordinance. Julianne is a founding member and currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors of Human Rights Advocates, an international NGO with consultative status at the United Nations. She serves as one of its permanent accredited representatives to the United Nations and has led its delegations to UN-sponsored international conferences including the 1995 UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. She continues to mentor young human rights advocates by taking students to the UN Commission on the Status of Women meetings in New York annually. She was the first African American woman to serve as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA, and currently co-chairs its Ginetta Sagan Fund which provides assistance to women working in crisis regions around the world. She is also the convener of the Human Rights Task Force of the California Women’s Agenda, a member of the International Advisory Council of the Women’s Intercultural Network, and the Advisory Council of the East Bay Chapter of United Nations Association.

She holds a BA in government from Skidmore College and a master’s degree in Political Science from UC Berkeley. Julianne received advanced training in international human rights law at the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, and was a research fellow at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo, Norway for 5 years.

LYDIA BEEBE, Corporate Secretary and Chief Governance Officer, Chevron

Corporate Secretary and Chief Governance Officer Chevron

CEDAW Award for Corporate Leadership

Lydia Beebe currently serves as the Corporate Secretary and Chief Governance Officer of the Chevron Corporation, the second largest integrated energy company in the US and, with a global workforce of about 62,000 employees, among the largest corporations in the world. The company has its origins in the Pacific Oil Company which was incorporated in San Francisco in 1879. A native of Kansas, Lydia first joined the company in 1977 and held a variety of legal positions prior to her election to the Board of Directors in 1995. In her current capacity, Lydia provides advice and counsel to the board and senior management on corporate governance matters, manages the company’s corporate governance function, and represents the Company in many civic activities.

Throughout her career, Lydia has been active on many public and non- profit governing boards. In 2003, then-President George W. Bush appointed her to the Board of Directors of the Presidio Trust, where she served until 2008. Governor Pete Wilson appointed Lydia to the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission in 1991, where she was chairperson from 1995 through the end of her term in 1999. In recognition of the accomplishments made during her tenure leading the commission, she was recently honored as a Civil Rights Hero by the State of California. She has served on the governing boards of Professional Business Women of California, the San Francisco Municipal Fiscal Advisory Committee, and the San Francisco Symphony. But her influence extends far beyond California. She serves on the governing boards of the National Judicial College, the Council of Institutional Investors, the Kansas University Endowment Association, the Kansas University Law Alumni, the National Association of Corporate Directors of Northern California, and, previously, on the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals.

She is a frequent speaker and panelist on corporate governance topics. Every year since 1999, the San Francisco Business Times has named her one of “the most influential businesswomen in the Bay Area.” Lydia is a graduate of the University of Kansas and its law school and holds an MBA from Golden Gate University.

NOOSHEEN HASHEMI, President and Co-Founder, The Hand Foundation

President and Co-Founder
The Hand Foundation

CEDAW Award for Philanthropy

Noosheen Hashemi, President and Co-Founder of The HAND Foundation, is a philanthropist with a passion for entrepreneurship and economic development. Since 2003, she has led HAND Foundation’s efforts to prevent child sexual abuse, strengthen the global middle class and advance the philanthropic sector through educational and research grants. The HAND Foundation’s strategy in the furthering the philanthropic sector has focused on diaspora philanthropy – and to this end Noosheen and the HAND Foundation founded PARSA Community Foundation, the first Persian community foundation in the US. Under Noosheen’s leadership, the foundation has conducted extensive research on the topic of diaspora philanthropy, focusing on how it can be institutionalized and combined with the business, civic and cultural integration in order to help diaspora groups achieve their full potential.

Between 1997 and 2003, Ms. Hashemi was an independent investor and advisor in the software industry. In 1996, she joined, a profitable personal finance pioneer, as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Between 1985 and 1995, Ms. Hashemi held various management positions at Oracle Corporation where she took active part in software’s meteoric rise as an industry. She was appointed Director of Finance and Administration in 1988 and named Vice President in 1990. In 1991, she won Oracle’s “Against All Odds Award” for her role in the company’s financial turnaround. In 1993, she led expansion of Oracle services as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Oracle’s Worldwide Education.
Ms. Hashemi serves on the Board of Directors of the New America Foundation. Previously, she served on the board of the Iranian Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as the Advisory Board of Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives which she helped to found shortly after graduate from business school.

An immigrant from Iran as a teenager, she was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2008. She holds a B.S. in Economics from San Jose State University and an M.S. in Management from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business where she was a Sloan Fellow. She and her husband live on the Peninsula with their two children.

ROSELYNE SWIG, Founder, Partners Ending Domestic Abuse

Partners Ending Domestic Abuse

CEDAW Award for Anti-Violence

In 1991, when domestic violence advocates were seeking an exceptional photographer to capture images of Bay Area battered women and their jailed abusers, they sought the help of Roselyne “Cissie” Swig who had an international reputation for her fine arts consultancy Roselyne C. Swig ArtSource. When the advocates later asked her to consider leading a new organization to raise community awareness and financial resources to combat domestic violence, she stepped up without hesitation. In June 1992, Roselyne founded Partners Ending Domestic Abuse and recruited legendary clothier Wilkes Bashford and other friends to join the cause. Over the years, she worked closely with President JaMel Perkins and dozens of community leaders to support the work of the Domestic Violence Consortium.

A leading advocate of women’s empowerment, social welfare, political advocacy and education, as well as the fine arts, Roselyne has shaped numerous philanthropic and community service efforts at the local, national, and global levels. She serves on the board of the Vital Voices Global Partnership, begun in 2000 as an outgrowth of the initiative of then-First Lady Hillary Clinton and then-Secretary of State Madeline Albright to bring together global women leaders following the success of the 1995 4th UN World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China. In 1994, then-President Bill Clinton appointed Roselyne as Director of the Art in Embassies Program of the US Department of State where she was responsible for overseeing the display of original art by US citizens throughout the 170 US embassy residences worldwide.

Roselyne is Founder & President of ComCon International and a member of the Board of Directors of The Swig Company. Additional board memberships include: KQED, NPR Foundation, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco Museum of Modern, Mills College, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archives, Art, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and Jewish Community Federation of SF, Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma. She is a Past President of the San Francisco Arts Commission and past member of the SF Library Commission. She attended UCLA and UC Berkeley. Roselyne is the wife of the late Richard Lewis Swig and has four children and twelve grandchildren.

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