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Commission on the Environment Regular Meeting
July 28, 2020 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Heather Stephenson (President)
Heather Stephenson is an accomplished business strategist, brand builder, and entrepreneur. Over the past 20 years, she has worked with a range of media businesses and non-profits, including Microsoft, NBC and BBC, and she built and sold Ideal Bite – a green-focused media business to The Walt Disney Company in 2008. Today, Stephenson works with new startups, helping them to build consumer brands, products, and communications strategies to go to market successfully.
Eddie Ahn (Vice President)
Eddie Ahn is the executive director of Brightline Defense, a public policy and legal nonprofit dedicated to empowering communities and sustainable environments. Brightline’s environmental justice work includes promoting renewable energy for low-income and mid-income households as well as good-paying jobs for local underemployed and historically marginalized communities. Prior to being a nonprofit attorney, he was an AmeriCorps member, serving as an afterschool programmer in Oakland’s Chinatown. While working toward his law degree, he continued to teach art and public speaking workshops for youth and worked on civil justice and environmental issues for the Assembly Judiciary Committee in Sacramento. His workforce development expertise and analysis of federal constitutional law has also assisted multiple municipalities in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York.
On October 4, 2017, Eddie was appointed by Mayor Ed Lee to the San Francisco Commission on the Environment. He also serves on the board of Mission Housing Development Corporation, one of the largest nonprofit developers in San Francisco.
Eddie has received his J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law and his B.A. from Brown University. He is also a member of the California State Bar.
Commissioner Elmy Bermejo was appointed by the Mayor as a Commissioner for the Commission on the Environment on May 14, 2015. She is also Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor. In her capacity as Director, she is responsible for strengthening relationships with the National Governors Association, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Association of Counties, the U.S. League of Cities and other organizations.
Elmy served on the Board of Directors of Leadership California. For more than 20 years, she was dedicated to public service positions in California and in Washington D.C., serving as the Interim Executive Director of the Latino Issues Forum, as Chair of the California State Commission on the Status of Women, and as Deputy Secretary, State and Consumer Services Agency for the State of California. She also served as special assistant to Senator Don Perata, working on issues that impact women and children, outreach to the Latino/Latina community and work with the ethnic media. As a board member of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE), Elmy chaired Latina Action Day in Sacramento.
Johanna Wald is a Senior Attorney in NRDC’s San Francisco office. She has been with NRDC since 1973, during which time she has become one of the nation’s leading advocates for protection and improved management of federal public lands. Ms. Wald received her law degree from Yale University and her undergraduate degree from Cornell University. She has been involved in a number of major legal challenges to federal energy programs, including coal and oil and gas programs in the Intermountain West. For approximately the last four years she has led NRDC’s efforts to facilitate the identification and designation of appropriate sites for development of renewable energy projects as well as associated necessary transmission.
Ms. Wald’s honors include being named, in 1992, the National Wildlife Federation’s lawyer of the year. In 1993, she was named one of ten Pew Scholars in Conservation and the Environment and, in 1998, she received the Environmental Leadership Award from the Ecology Law Quarterly at the University of California’s Boalt Hall School of Law.
Ms. Wald is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, the American Wind Wildlife Institute, and Carpe Diem West, a Bay-area based environmental non-profit. She also serves as a member of San Francisco’s Commission on the Environment and is the Chair of the Commission’s Policy Committee.
Sarah Ching Ting Wan
Sarah Ching-Ting Wan is currently the Executive Director of CYC (Community Youth Center of San Francisco), founded in 1970 by prominent Asian community leaders in response to an escalation in gang violence and crime in San Francisco. Ms. Wan was born and grew up in Hong Kong before moving to the United States to continue her secondary education at Sacred Heart Cathedral College Preparatory. She pursued her undergraduate study in Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and received a full scholarship to an international study program at Japan’s Kyushuu University. In 2002, Ms. Wan received her Master of Social Work with concentration in administration and planning from San Francisco State University. Ms. Wan has over 15 years of experience in youth services and has been an advocate for the Asian American community, especially for immigrant youth in juvenile justice and education. She was recognized as the API Heritage Month’s Honoree in 2013 by the Office of District Attorney. She was also honored with the Blue Cross Community Award in 2004 and was a recipient of the “Everyday Hero Award” from Compass Point in 2001. She also served as a Commissioner on the Juvenile Probation Commission of the City and County of San Francisco from 2010 to 2013.
Tiffany Chu is a designer, planner, and founder at Remix. She and her team, based in San Francisco and Amsterdam, are working with over 350+ cities around the world to plan their transportation future. She’s passionate about changing the built environment of our cities to be better designed for people and our planet, and creating impact through user-centered design and technology. She has been named in Forbes’ 30 Under 30, LinkedIn’s Next Wave of Leaders Under 35 in Government, Curbed’s Young Guns, and has spoken at SXSW, Helsinki Design Week, and the New York Times Cities for Tomorrow Conference. Previously, Tiffany was a Fellow at Code for America, partnering with the City of Charlotte to launch their first open data initiative. Tiffany is also an alum of Y Combinator, was the first user experience designer at Zipcar, wrote for Dwell, and studied architecture and urban planning at MIT. She hopes to never own a car during her lifetime.
On May 10, 2018, Mike Sullivan was appointed by Mayor Mark Farrell to the San Francisco Commission on the Environment. He also serves on the San Francisco Urban Forestry Council, and served on the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission from 2007-2010.
Mike has been involved with San Francisco urban forestry for many years. He is the author of Trees of San Francisco, published in a 2nd edition in 2013. He served for many years on the board of directors of Friends of the Urban Forest, including service as board president.
Mike received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and his B.A. from Williams College. He is a partner at the Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe law firm, where his practice involves representation of startup companies in the technology and cleantech sectors. Mike lives in San Francisco’s Cole Valley neighborhood with his husband Paul and son Joseph.