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2022 HVNA Board of Directors | Nomination Slate Bios
President | Jen Laska
Jennifer moved to San Francisco with her husband, Joe, in 2016. They quickly fell in love with Hayes Valley’s abundant performing arts venues and lively restaurant scene. Jennifer organized the Shared Streets program on Hayes Street, helped fundraise to install long term lights on the Hayes Street trees and recruited volunteers for several community projects. She looks forward to continuing these projects, continuing to meet more and more neighbors and continuing to work with the city on improving street cleanliness and homelessness in Hayes Valley. Jennifer works in healthcare by day and is an avid baker in her spare time.
Vice President | Mats Anderson
Mats Andersson is a relatively new member of the Hayes Valley community. He moved to San Francisco in 2014 together with his wife Louise Fox (who grew up and studied in the Bay Area) after his retirement from the World Bank in Washington, DC as an urban development specialist. He is still a Swedish citizen and green card holder, but on his way to apply for US citizenship. Mats earned his MBA at the University of Minnesota in the early 1970s. He lived in Toronto, Canada during the 80s and early 90s, and in Beijing, China in the early 2000s. He is interested in urban development, city management, and engaging young people in the development of the community and its quality of life. He is a volunteer at the local food bank pantry once a week.
Treasurer | Jeff Drew
Jeff Drew has lived on Lily Street since 2009 and has been involved in various neighborhood endeavors such as the Lily Street mural project. Originally from Michigan, Jeff holds a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Michigan State University and is a certified public accountant in California. He has worked for the San Francisco Department of Public Health for the past 8 years and is currently the budget manager for the City’s primary care clinics. Outside of his professional life, he enjoys tending his garden plot at Alchemy Community Garden, cooking, making ceramics at Sharon Art Studio, walking his dog, and biking around town.
Member at Large | Ben Zotto
Ben has been a resident of Hickory Street since 2014 and previously served on the HVNA Board for two terms as well as the Octavia Commemoration committee. He’s honored to assist with HVNA’s work in keeping our neighborhood welcoming for all, now and into the future. His interests include housing, architecture, and history and he has often served as one of HVNA’s de-facto historians. Ben works in technology with various other gigs in typography, local journalism, and electronics repair. His favorite donut at All Star Cafe is the cinnamon roll.
Member at Large | Dan Spaeth
Dan has lived in Hayes Valley for over 35 years. In this time he has seen the neighborhood go through many changes. The one consistent trend in all these changes is how Hayes Valley always felt like a real neighborhood. Neighbors working together, playing together and sometimes even arguing together, but always working towards a better Hayes Valley! His involvement in the community has grown substantially in the past few years and especially during the pandemic, working to keep the neighborhood a vibrant place to be. He also recognizes the need of the Merchant Association to work in tandem with the Neighborhood Association. And for that reason, he has welcomed joining the HVNA Board in that capacity.
Member at Large | Sarah Young
Sarah has enjoyed being involved with HVNA in the last 2 years and is so impressed with the other board members and the work they do for our community. Earl & Sarah have been living in Hayes Valley since 1992, and have seen so many changes over those almost 30 years! But recently, it has been great to get more involved with volunteering for work that makes a difference in the neighborhood.
Associate Member | Ryan Powell
Ryan has lived in Hayes Valley for the last six years and became active with HVNA when the Shared Streets program began in Spring of 2020. He began volunteering to help set up the street closure, and that led him to become more involved with traffic and safety within our neighborhood. His goal for this next term is to continue to be an advocate for reduced traffic in our community. Because his professional career is focused in the public transit sector, he believes that he’s a strong candidate to continue to build on our recent successes that puts people and public transit first in Hayes Valley.
Associate Member | Vladimir Vlad
Vladimir grew up in Hayes Valley and attended French American International School as well as the San Francisco Ballet School. He has a background in architecture and urban design and is passionate about local transportation and planning issues within the neighborhood. He is an active member of HVNA’s Transportation & Planning committee.
Associate Member | Andrew Seigner
Andrew spent the last two years as an HVNA associate board member, where he’s been responsible for managing the hayesvalleysf.org website and Twitter account. His primary priority has been using these platforms to help inform and support equity in our community. This year Andrew organized a community meeting between HVNA members and the SF African American Reparations Advisory Committee. Andrew is also a member of HVNA’s Transportation & Planning committee. He’s one of the many HVNA members who volunteered shifts to support the Shared Streets program on Hayes Street, opening up the street to people and bikes. Andrew’s primary goal this year will be to further modernize HVNA’s online communications and membership management, allowing members to more easily check the status of their memberships. Another goal is continuing HVNA’s work in promoting equity in our community, recognizing the historical context that Hayes Valley exists in. More info about Andrew: https://sig.gy.
Associate Member | Madeline Howie
Madeline Howie is a 6 year San Francisco resident & Hayes Valley neighbor since 2019. An Artivist Artrepreneur, also known by her burlesque persona RedBone, began to investigate her radial impact upon our most recent uprising. She found hvna.org and began the investigations. Since then Madeline has volunteered with Shared Spaces, Hayes Valley Art Works. With a deeply rooted family history in SF, she has a passion for San Francisco’s historic culture of enmeshed Art, Nightlife, & Social Justice.
Associate Member | Jordon Wing
Jordon Wing came to the Bay Area in 2013 to pursue his undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley — and immediately fell in love with it. After a brief stint in the South Bay, he moved to SF and started volunteering as an advocate for housing, transit and safer streets. During the pandemic, he helped lead a campaign to make outdoor dining permanent that was joined by a number of small businesses in our neighborhood. He loves learning about Hayes Valley’s unique history, and is excited by the opportunities to connect with neighbors, support the community, and engage more new residents with their neighborhood through HVNA.
Associate Member | Brian Goldstein
Brian Goldstein is a long-standing Hayes Valley resident and HVNA Board Member. He is also the Director of Policy and Development at the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ). He has previously supported HVNA’s newsletter and work on homelessness issues. Brian is passionate about making Hayes Valley a safe and welcoming neighborhood for all.
Associate Member | Barbara Thompson
Resident of Hayes Valley for more than 55 years. Barbara retired from the University of California San Francisco, School of Pharmacy after 31 years of service. At UCSF, she was Co-Founder of the UCSF Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee. Barbara was honored by The American Heart Association as “Volunteer of the Year of the Greater Bay Area. She is a community activist whose activities include: serving as a member of the San Francisco Fire Department‘s NERT (Neighborhood Emergency Response Team); three years as a member of the San Francisco Police Department’s ALERT (Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team). Currently, she is working with the Harvey Milk Center and San Francisco Recreation and Parks. Additionally, Barbara is an active member of the African-American Art and Culture Complex; a community activist/advocate for the Freedom West Homes Co-op; a coordinator with the Neighborhood Baptist Church’s Healthy Cooking class. Neighborhood Baptist Church has been a pillar in our community for more than 73 years. Barbara’s goals include: Planning and implementing events for our community to successfully utilize Buchanan Mall. She also aspires to serve as an ambassador for event nights with our community and our professional sports, performing arts and lectures in the area, including those involving the Giants, Warriors, Davies Symphony Hall, the Nourse Theater, and others. Barbara has a giving spirit, and is looking forward to the opportunity to serve HVNA.
Board Members Beginning 2nd year of elected term
(Not up for election this year, bios provided for reference)
Recording Secretary | Trent Berry
A resident of Hayes Valley for 22 years- the entire time he has lived in San Francisco- Trent is the founder and current co-administrator of the Hayes Valley Society Facebook page, soon to be in its 10th year and sporting over 1700 members. When not tirelessly evangelizing on behalf of the world’s greatest neighborhood, Trent leads a double life working for an investment management software firm as well as being the owner of Dreamrack Studios where he produces, engineers and mixes music for international artists as well as his own local projects.
Corresponding Secretary | Barbara Early
Barbara is a 30+ year resident of San Francisco, and relocated to Hayes Valley six years ago. She has served on HVNA board for thee terms, first as Recording Secretary and currently as Corresponding Secretary. Prior community volunteer experience includes serving as Secretary on the board of a community organization in her old neighborhood, volunteered at the Board of Supervisors, and other volunteer efforts in the arts both as a performer and behind the scenes. Barbara has worked in the real estate industry for more than 15 years; prior to that, she also worked in marketing, and in arts administration at SFMOMA and small theaters in San Francisco. She is currently a volunteer site manager at Hayes Valley Art Works, a community creation space featuring an art gallery and garden. Barbara is also a singer, actor and artist in her spare time. Her goal is to support Hayes Valley as we live through the pandemic, and hopes to support residents, businesses, and the arts community and help develop a stronger sense of community through art and community activities in the neighborhood.
Carolyn Press Chatham | Membership Secretary
Carolyn Press Chatham is passionate about giving back to the Hayes Valley community, as she plans to stay in Hayes Valley with her family long-term. She has been an Associate Board member of HVNA for the past year, participating in monthly meetings and actively engaging with community members by running the HVNA Instagram account. She has lived in Hayes Valley for two years, with her husband (Andrew), two kids (Truman, 2 and Arden, 2 months), and dog (Pixel, 8 year old maltese poodle). She works at Bain & Company, managing a career advisory program. She joined there in 2015, after spending five years in various roles in the People Operations department at Google. As a Board Director for Alonzo King Lines Ballet, she serves on the Executive, Governance and Internal Affairs committees. Until recently, she was also a member of an advisory board for the Global Fund for Women, and a member of the Battery Powered philanthropy group.
Member at Large | Jason Henderson
Jason Henderson chairs HVNA’s Transportation and Planning Committee ( T & P) and also serves on the city’s Market & Octavia Community Advisory Committee (MOCAC). He is a Professor in the department of Geography & Environment at SF State University and has studied and written about transportation politics in Atlanta, San Francisco, and Copenhagen. Jason’s primary modes of transport are cycling, walking, and public transit.
Member at Large | Nico Bremond
Nico Bremond moved to San Francisco from Oakland to study Sociology and African American Studies in 2010. While at USF he linked with organizations that were focused on community engagement and service like Brotherhood Connection and The Ester Madriz Activist Scholars. While doing service learning at Collective Impact’s local afterschool program, Magic Zone, he had finally found his calling. After graduating in 2014, he was hired at Collective Impact to run the Teen and Middle School program, located at the historic Ella Hill Hutch Community Center. 6 years later, he along with Collective Impact have built a strong and sustainable relationship between USF’s McCarthy Center, The San Francisco Human Rights Commission, and The Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative: Opportunities for All, to help close the economic and education gap that has plagued inner cities like San Francisco. With his team at Collective Impact, Nico has developed an easy-to-use case management tool to help foster young people’s goals and aspirations in life. Over the years, in association with San Francisco’s Community Safety Initiative, he has been providing young people of color with the opportunity to fulfill their potential as entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders of society by offering paid internships, mentorship, and pathways to employment, including job readiness, career training, and apprenticeship for participants ages 13 to 24. Collective Impact focuses on equitable access to these opportunities through workforce connection, support and job resources for both job seekers and employers alike. Grateful for an amazing opportunity to work with a community similar to the one he grew up in, Nico makes sure that every child is loved and supported in this rapidly changing city.