MEET YOUR GBD BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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The 15 Directors that make up the GBD Board are elected by the district property owners whose assessments support the GBD and its programs. The Directors develop and manage GBD priorities and projects, direct and oversee organizational and project finances and interact with stakeholders and the district community at large. The GBD is a volunteer-driven organization so, in addition to monthly board meetings, Directors typically serve on one or more working groups to help support the goals and activities of the organization.

Directors are elected by a majority vote of district property owners for 3-year terms that begin in April of each year. Elections are staggered so that 5 terms expire each year, plus elections are also held for any vacated seat.
The 15 Board seats are apportioned as follows:
7 Dogpatch Property Owners
2 NW Potrero Hill Property Owners
2 Dogpatch Tenants
1 NW Potrero Hill Tenant
3 Greenspace Advocates

 

 
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Jean Bogiagies, Board President

As a longtime neighborhood park supporter and retired software engineer, I support the GBD goals of transparency and community engagement in order to enable neighborhood green governance resulting in positive environmental change. I have worked to reclaim CalTrans right-of-way; parcels for public use and to incorporate sound environmental practices in urban public open space projects.

 

 
 
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Robert Broucaret

I have had a long career Gardening and teaching landscaping in SF. I joined the GBD to bring what I hope is a sensible viewpoint to landscaping and maintenance in the GBD.  My goal is to make our area a model for others.

 

 
 
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Janet Carpinelli  

I am a Dogpatch resident committed to GBD’s fair and fiscally responsible use of our tax dollars and an advocate for local CA native plant habitat. I helped facilitate transfer to Esprit Park to the City. As Green Trust SF Chair, I led creation of the 22nd St Greening Master Plan, sidewalk gardens for 22 Dogpatch homes, and I.M Scott School and the Minnesota/22nd St. bulb-out.

 
 
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Kristel Craven   

I want to be on the board because I have seen firsthand what a difference green spaces can make in a neighborhood. I have solid organizational and operational experience, have led diverse teams, met huge expectations, am a persistent problem solver, and I'm passionate about the environment and my community.

 

 
 
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Michele Davis

On behalf of UCSF, I have worked with neighbors to beautify and green Dogpatch. From various volunteer gardening projects to working with residents and leaders to identify how UCSF can actively participate in meaningful public realm improvements elevating neighborhood quality of life and improving safety, UCSF is a committed neighbor.

 

 
 
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Kate Eppler   

Hello! As the mother of a rambunctious toddler, I am a heavy user of parks all over our neighborhood. I appreciate the importance of the GBD and am happy to be able to contribute.

 
 
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Susan Eslick

I am a 20 year property and business owner in Dogpatch and former president and vice presidnet of the Dogpatch Neighborhood Association. I served on the GBD formation committee for three years and have served as the GBD’s first Treasurer. The initial year of the GBD found us forming and legalizing a 501c3 and following the guideline of our Management Plan. Now that the GBD is up and running I’m looking forward to the creation and enhancement of more green spaces.

 
 
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Alex Goretsky   

I have been advocating for more green spaces in the Dogpatch since I became a property owner and subsequently started a small cafe business here. My goal for becoming a GBD director is to bring my skills and dedication to further increase the density and access to green spaces for all residents and visitors.

 
 
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Jesse Herzog

I am a 6th generation San Franciscan dedicated to positive renewal and beautification of the City’s green infrastructure. I serve on the executive and services committees of the GBD. As a real estate professional, I have 10+ years’ experience working with San Francisco on building public green spaces, and am currently overseeing construction of a new 10,000 sq ft publicly accessible open space in Dogpatch.

 
 
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Jim Naylor

I am a Bay Area native working in real estate management, currently with the American Industrial Center, one of the City’s key PDR centers. I joined the GBD representing property owners to protect existing greenspace in the Dogpatch and to increase the number of parks and recreation areas for its inhabitants. I will continue to push hard for beautification of the Dogpatch as the area grows and develops.

 
 
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Phil Pierce

As a director with Friends of the Urban Forest, I organized hundreds of greening projects in SF, including street tree plantings, schoolyard greening and work inside our parks. At the GBD it was exciting to work with neighbors to creatively improve green spaces and incorporate new and unique ideas.

 
 
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Alison Sullivan

I am a pastry chef, mother of two, and resident of Dogpatch since 2012.  I love volunteering in my community through stewardship of our shared public spaces.  Working to improve our pedestrian experience and emphasizing livability through mixed-use urban green-space, amidst this density growth, is of concern for generations to come."

 
 
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Nicky Jacobson  

Living in northern Dogpatch I am acutely concerned about the impending influx of people to our neighborhood. I’m deeply committed to outreach, transparency and accountability. I already work with community groups to advocate for more/improved green space in Dogpatch/Potrero Hill and would like to continue that work with the GBD.

 
 
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Kat Sawyer

As a dedicated GBD Board member for the past year, I’ve been chair of the Service working group which organized and implemented the Jumpstart Program and other initiatives to improve public spaces within GBD. I am inspired by community-driven efforts that make neighborhoods more vibrant, and am honored to be a part of this organization.

 

 
 
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Michael Yarne  

I am a principal at Build, a local company, with over 15 years of experience in entitlements, project management and public-private partnerships. Prior to Build, I sered as advisor in the Mayor’s office and was an attorney at Farella, Braun & Martell. I have served on many nonprofit boards, including City CarShare and the Bicycle Coalition. My passion for service began in the Peace Corps.

In order to ensure that board representation is aligned with funding, specific GBD board seats are designated for Dogpatch and Northwest Potrero property owners and tenants. The board also has three seats earmarked for green space advocates who lend expertise to our efforts.

     

    Current Board Composition


     

    Seat

    Role

    Member

    Current Term End

    1

    Dogpatch Property Owner

    Susan Eslick

    2019

    2

    Dogpatch Property Owner

    Janet Carpinelli

    2019

    3

    Dogpatch Property Owner

    James Naylor

    2018

    4

    Dogpatch Property Owner

    Michelle Davis

    2018

    5

    Dogpatch Property Owner

    Alison Sullivan

    2020

    6

    Dogpatch Property Owner

    Jesse Herzog

    2020

    7

    NW Potrero Property Owner

    Jean Bogiages

    2019

    8

    NW Potrero Property Owner

    Robert Broucaret

    2018

    9

    Dogpatch Tenant

    Kristel Craven

    2020

    10

    NW Potrero Tenant

    Kate Eppler

    2018

    11

    Green Space Advocate

    Phil Pierce

    2019

    12

    Green Space Advocate

    Michael Yarne

    2018

    13

    Green Space Advocate

    Kat Sawyer

    2020

    14

    Dogpatch Property Owner

    Alex Goretsky

    2020

     

    15

    Dogpatch Tenant

    Nicky Jacobson

    2019

     

     

    Nominations for vacant seats on the the Green Benefits District Board of Directors take place every year in December and January, with elections held in March. Directors are elected by a majority vote of district property owners for 3-year terms that begin in April. Elections are staggered so that 5 terms expire each year, plus elections are also held for any vacated seat.

     

    Directors will serve terms in 3-year cycles beginning in these years.

     

    Seat 1 – Dogpatch Property Owner 2019

    Seat 2 – Dogpatch Property Owner 2019

    Seat 3 – Dogpatch Property Owner 2018

    Seat 4 – Dogpatch Property Owner 2018

    Seat 5 – Dog Patch Property Owner 2020

    Seat 6 – Dogpatch Property Owner 2020

    Seat 7 – NW Potrero Property Owner 2019

    Seat 8 – NW Potrero Property Owner 2018

    Seat 9 – Dogpatch Tenant 2020

    Seat 10 – NW Potrero Tenant 2018

    Seat 11 – Green Space Advocate 2019

    Seat 12 – Green Space Advocate 2018

    Seat 13 – Green Space Advocate 2020

    Seat 14 - Dogpatch Property Owner 2020

    Seat 15 - Dogpatch Tenant 2019


    For more information about the nominating process, please contact admin@greenbenefit.org.