Scott Adams is the Director of External Affairs for Comcast. Scott’s primary duties are to oversee government affairs, community engagement and investment, and the development of strategic partnerships with external entities in San Francisco and the West Bay.
Scott is a champion of digital inclusion and has spent the last four years at Comcast leading the implementation of Comcast’s Internet Essentials program in California. Internet Essentials. Internet Essentials is Comcast’s nation-wide effort to help bridge the digital divide by connecting low-income families to affordable home internet service, discounted computers, and digital literacy training. In four years, Internet Essentials has connected over 500,000 low-income families nationwide to low-cost home internet services – including over 70,000 in California.
In August of 2015, Comcast announced a pilot program in San Francisco to expand Internet Essentials to low-income seniors 62 and older. Scott developed and is leading the Internet Essentials Senior Pilot in partnership with Mayor Ed Lee’s administration, the SF Department of Aging and Adult Service, SF Connected, Self Help for the Elderly, the Community Living Campaign, and the Community Technology Network.
Prior to joining Comcast, Scott worked for over a decade in California politics as a community organizer, campaign manager, legislative staffer, political strategist and public affairs consultant.
Luby Aczel – Founder, Board Chair and Executive Director of The Specialists Guild (TSG)
Luby is cofounder of TSG, a social enterprise providing technical training to adults with Autism. Luby has been involved as a volunteer, as an advocate and as a professional in causes aimed at disability awareness for over 30 years. Prior to TSG, Luby has worked for the Canadian Museums Association, the Duke Medical Center, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, and was Center Director of Autism Social Connection in Redwood City, California. Luby has degrees in Anthropology and Education, and a Masters of Museology.
Andy Aczel – Founder, Board Member and CTO of The Specialists Guild (TSG)
Andy is cofounder of TSG, a social enterprise providing technical training to adults with Autism. Andy has over 30 years of experience in software development and real time media delivery. Prior to TSG, he was founder and CEO of Packet Island Inc., a cloud based company for converged media networks. Andy was also involved with three Silicon Valley startups as the leading engineering executive. Prior to moving to California, Andy held key technical and marketing positions at Nortel and Bell Northern Research. Andy has degrees in EE and Anthropology and holds patents in Communications Technology.
Thijs Boekhoff is the founder and director of Healthcare Innovation Transfer, a public-private partnership that is facilitating Dutch-American cooperation on advancing healthcare solutions in the United States and Europe. Thijs brings the essence of the Dutch healthcare innovation and the energy to create advanced healthcare solutions to San Francisco.Thijs founded a successful management consulting firm in the Netherlands, and worked in North America and Europe on business challenges in healthcare, innovation and knowledge management. He graduated from the Rotterdam School of Management.
Ms. Bohn is the Director of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office on Disability. In her role, she works to ensure physical, electronic and programmatic accessibility of all City funded programs and services. As a member of the SF Tech Council, she helps to address the technology needs of San Franciscan’s with disabilities, especially the important intersection between access to technology and employment. Ms. Bohn assumed office on January 23, 2017.
She began her professional career in 1997 providing crisis intervention and reasonable accommodation counseling services for individuals with disabilities. She worked at the University of San Francisco from 1997 to 2008, during which time she was progressively responsible for managing and overseeing the University’s reasonable accommodation program and policies. Most recently, Ms. Bohn served as the Director of the Disability Programs and Resource Center at San Francisco State University, leading and coordinating centralized compliance efforts for a campus with more than 30,000 students and 3,800 employees during the last eight years. In that capacity she was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the University’s Disability Programs and Resource Center, ensured compliance with all applicable laws, and expertly led staff in building sustainable programs and activities that support accessibility and principles of Universal Design. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin; and a Master of Arts in Counseling and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from the University of San Francisco.
Anni Chung oversees and manages Self-Help for the Elderly, a Bay Area community-based organization that provides a comprehensive range of health, educational, social and recreational services to over 35,000 seniors a year. Computer and internet training is a major program of the organization. Self-Help started in San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1966 and now serves seniors in four Bay Area counties: San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda. Anni has been Self-Help’s CEO since 1981.
Self-Help started its first TIE (Technology Information and Empowerment) Center in 1989 to advocate for digital inclusion for low-income, monolingual, or limited English-speaking seniors. Self-Help strongly believes every senior in San Francisco should get access and training to computer and internet knowledge and skills. Anni joined the SF Tech Council to connect Asian seniors to these tools and opportunities. Self-Help for the Elderly currently offers classes in English, Chinese, Vietnamese and Russian in many senior centers in San Francisco as part of the SF Connected Network.
Kyra Geithman is a digital content manager for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Her responsibilities include coordinating all website, email marketing, and social media content for the Chamber, implementing marketing strategies for signature events and regular programming, and working with Chamber members to create collaborative marketing and communications strategies to promote the Chamber membership.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Kyra was a communications assistant for the Pac-12 Conference, representing 22 varsity NCAA Division I athletic programs at 12 institutions. She is a graduate of Arizona State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communications with a minor in Design Studies.
Kami Griffiths is the executive director and co-founder of Community Technology Network, a nonprofit with the mission to transform lives through digital literacy. With nearly 15 years of experience working in the public sector, Kami has developed a passion for helping people gain access and better utilize technology after witnessing firsthand how the digital divide and low literacy levels were aiding the cycle of poverty.
Kami has worked for the City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation, managing 27 public access computing centers, teaching computer classes and establishing their volunteer trainer program. As the Training and Outreach Manager for TechSoup Global, Kami greatly expanded her knowledge and understanding of the nonprofit technology field, having conducted over 200 interviews with librarians and producing over 100 webinars. She is a founding member of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) and speaks nationally about digital inclusion.
Luis Herrera is City Librarian of San Francisco and has been involved in managing urban public libraries for over 35 years in numerous cities in California and the nation. Luis believes public libraries play a vital role in providing access to technology, and that the San Francisco Public Library can be a key partner in the Tech Council by helping bridge the digital divide, particularly for seniors and members of our community that may not have access to computer technology. As part of his work as City Librarian, Luis has been involved with the Tech Council since its inception and is committed to have SFPL support the vision and mission of this important initiative. The Tech Council’s mission leverages and supports the Library’s key strategic priorities of providing a Digital Strategy and resources for Literacy and Learning.
Anne Hinton is the former Executive Director of the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services. In this capacity she had responsibility for the Department’s four divisions serving older adults as well as younger adults with disabilities: In-Home Supportive Services, Protective Services, Office of Long Term Care, and the Office on Aging/ Veterans Services. The Department funds 45 community service providers for programs such as congregate meals, senior centers, home delivered meals, case management, family caregiving, naturalization, legal services, etc.
Anne’s career spans more than 40 years including positions as the Director of Home Care, Care Management, and Fiduciary Services for the Institute on Aging; the Director of Aging Services for San Francisco Catholic Charities; and Director of the South San Francisco Senior Services. She has experience as a lecturer/teacher in the field of Gerontology. Anne is also a member of the Board of the National Association of Area Agency on Aging, the California Association of Area Agencies on Aging and has served on other boards, professional associations and committees whose focus is long term care.
Jim Illig is responsible for the development and management of Kaiser Permanente’s strategies and programs to enhance community health and support its social mission for six Bay Area hospitals. He was Director of Government Relations at Project Open Hand for 18 years, responsible for HIV and senior service contracts feeding thousands of persons on both sides of the Bay each year. Prior to that, he was Executive Director of Baker Places, and then Continuum HIV Day Services, both pioneering nonprofits serving persons with mental illness, substance abuse, and AIDS.
Jim has also been an advocate for collaboration among nonprofit service providers as a founder and leader of the HIV/AIDS Provider Network (HAPN), the Human Services Network, the Coalition of Agencies Serving the Elderly (CASE), and the Tenderloin Hunger Task Force. In 2004, Mayor Newsom appointed Jim to serve on the San Francisco Health Commission, providing governance leadership for the $1.6 billion Department of Public Health during two four-year terms, with half of that time as elected President or Vice President.
Jim joined the SF Tech Council to connect vulnerable seniors and persons with disabilities to the health and social supports they need to live independently in their communities.
Marie Jobling is the Director of the Community Living Campaign (CLC) in San Francisco and an active member of San Francisco’s Long Term Care Coordinating Council. She has led the CLC team in developing several large Community Forums and Summits in San Francisco on topics such as Elder Economic Security, Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Healthy Aging, and the 2012 Aging and Disability Technology Summit.
She continues to play a leadership role with the City’s SF Connected Program and is excited by the potential of the SF Tech Council to help bridge the digital divide for seniors and adults with disabilities. She works with an awesome team of paid Community Connectors that have created CLC’s Connections for Healthy Aging Workshops, grocery delivery networks in several SF neighborhoods, and provide nearly 200 hours of computer training each month.
Marie was Executive Director of Planning for Elders in the Central City for 14 years. Past positions also included Director of Parish and Community Services for Catholic Charities of San Francisco, the Boards of TURN and the California Public Interest Center on Long Term Care and planning and board leadership to a number of affordable, low-income housing developments.
David Knego, MSW, joined the management team of Curry Senior Center as the Executive Director in February 2007. David has a history working with the Civic Center and Tenderloin neighborhoods since 1989. Most recently David served as the Executive Director of Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly, where he expanded the agency’s volunteer-based programs supporting homebound and isolated elders. David also worked at Central City Hospitality House, a community center for low-income and homeless adults.
David’s current community involvement includes serving as: a Board member of Coalition of Agencies Serving the Elderly where he Co-Chairs the Advocacy Committee; Board President of the Community Living Campaign; Board President of the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium; and as a member of the Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Community Advisory Board. David holds a Masters of Social Work Degree from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Biology and Psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Michael Lambert is a professional librarian with over 23 years of experience providing free and open access to public library services. As Deputy City Librarian for the City and County of San Francisco’s Public Library, he is committed to advancing the mission of the SF Tech Council because of our shared interests in promoting greater digital inclusion for impacted communities.
Michael sees so much potential for how we can harness existing tools to improve the lives of seniors and people with disabilities. He has seen firsthand what a difference it makes for his elderly mother to be able to find health information online (and of course photos of her grandkids).
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David Lindeman, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), UC Berkeley as well as for the Center for Technology and Aging (CTA). David has worked in the field of aging and health care for over 30 years as a health services researcher and gerontologist, focusing on health care technology, chronic disease/dementia, disability, community-based/residential services, workforce, caregiving, and public policy. His current research focuses on the incubation, development, and scaling of sensor, telehealth, data analytic, and precision medicine initiatives that address critical health and aging challenges ranging from prevention to managing complex chronic conditions. David previously held positions as the founding Director Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging; Associate Professor of Health Policy, Rush University; and Co-Director, UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center. He serves as an advisor to government agencies, foundations, businesses, and venture firms.
Jessie Lorenz has been blind since birth and considers herself a lifelong advocate for the rights of people with disabilities to have full access to all the community has to offer, including opportunities at education, employment, and full economic independence.
Jessie is the executive director of the Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco where she works to protect the rights of people with disabilities, as well as to expand and nurture opportunities for society to become ever more accessible to all people. She has served on local and state committees such as the San Francisco Long Term Care Coordinating Council and the State Independent Living Council.
Jessie has also prioritized the development of relationships with various corporations to improve the accessibility of their services and products such as Yahoo, Facebook, and Google. One of her proudest accomplishments is the pioneering work she has done with the Schindler Elevator Corporation to use a community process for developing elevator accessibility code which has gone on to be adopted by the U. S. Department of Justice. Jessie Lorenz is a nationally recognized leader in the Independent Living Movement and a Paralympic Gold Medalist.
Laura Mason is the Program Officer at the May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust for the Elders program area , where she develops and manages $4 million in grantmaking. The Smith Trust’s Elders portfolio includes grants in 14 Western states and British Columbia and focuses on four key goals: 1) Fostering Community Engagement; 2) Supporting Aging-in-Place; 3) Improving Quality of Life in Long-term Care; and 4) Supporting Caregivers.
Prior to joining the Smith Trust, Laura worked at the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund, most recently as the Senior Program Officer for grantmaking in Aging, Health & Human Services, and special initiatives including scholarship and financial aid programs for pre-K through college, and an international post-doctoral fellowship program.
Since moving to San Francisco in 1997, Laura has been an active member in the Bay Area nonprofit community, and currently serves as a Board member of the Eva Gunther Foundation and Menorah Park, and as Board President of Art With Elders. She is also a member of the American Society on Aging, Grantmakers in Aging, and the San Francisco Tech Council. Laura earned a Master of Nonprofit Administration at the University of San Francisco, and a BA in Social Science from San Francisco State University.
Scott Mauvais is the Director of Technology and Civic Innovation at Microsoft where he works with local leaders to infuse technology into existing real-world systems to make cities better places to live, learn, work, and innovate.
Scott has been at Microsoft 15 years. Most recently, he was the Director of the Microsoft Technology Center, an innovation lab where Microsoft’s top architects work hand-in-hand with Fortune 500 companies to envision, architect, and prove out solutions based on Microsoft’s newest technologies.
Prior to that, Scott worked for Microsoft Consulting Services where he ran early stage projects for customers in Microsoft’s Early Adopter Program. He has written extensively for Microsoft Press and Ziff-Davis.
Shireen McSpadden has served as Deputy Director of the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services since 2003. In this capacity, she oversees operations for all departmental programs. She has more than 25 years’ experience providing services to people with disabilities and seniors, in both the nonprofit and public sectors. She has served on the Boards of a variety of community and statewide organizations, and currently serves as a member of the Board of Glide. Ms. McSpadden earned her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco. She is an alumna of Leadership San Francisco, Class of 2006.
Cathy Spensley, LCSW, is Senior Division Director at Felton/Family Service Agency of San Francisco, overseeing programs that serve over 2000 seniors a year in geriatric mental health and aging services. She is active on many committees and advisory boards, including San Francisco’s Long Term Care Coordinating Council, advising the Mayor and City on policies related to seniors and people with disabilities, as well as working with colleagues to break down silos and coordinate services. Cathy believes seniors and people with disabilities need connections to technology that are truly meaningful to their lives.
Cathy co-chairs Aging and Disability Friendly SF as part of the World Health Organization’s network of Age-Friendly Cities and AARP’s Livable Communities. Cathy has a BA in Communications from American University and a MSW from UC Berkeley.
Colt Stander is the founder and CEO of Coach & Helper, a tech-enabled service empowering families to care for their aging loved ones best through eldercare coaching and on-demand services. His Industrial Design background paired with an MBA from Harvard Business School have enabled him to build products and services in consumer health, helping people live healthier lives. These experiences range from fitness trackers to decision support software at companies like Nickelodeon, Abbott Diabetes Care, Intel, and Basis Science. Colt is a current board member at the Community Living Campaign and a previous board member at the YMCA Urban Services and SF Adult Day Services Network.
Colt joined the SF Tech Council because he believes private, public, and nonprofit collaboration is important to meeting the needs of elders and their families.
At the San Francisco-based firm Ground Floor Public Affairs, Jeremy Wallenberg specializes in driving policy, managing public outreach, and building meaningful relationships with leaders in community, the private sector, and government for cross-sector collaboration that strengthens our region. In this role, Jeremy also serves as Director at sf.citi, the San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation, an organization created to leverage the power of the technology community around civic action in San Francisco.
Jeremy has been deeply involved in the formation of the San Francisco Technology Council, helping to identify new and innovative ideas, while leveraging key relationships for creative partnerships that support, protect, and empower the most vulnerable among us.
Prior to joining Ground Floor and sf.citi, Jeremy worked on both political campaigns and in state government. His campaign experience has ranged from field to communications to management at the national, state, and local levels. In 2009 and 2010, he served a full term as Chief of Staff and Legislative Aide to a House member in the Virginia House of Delegates, Virginia General Assembly. A fifth generation San Franciscan, Jeremy is dedicated to public service, working to improve the lives of others.
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Susan Poor is the Principal of Susan Poor Consulting, which focuses on the power of local collaboration and innovation to create new alliances and opportunities that advance Aging in Community. Susan’s areas of expertise include the Village movement, Age Friendly Communities, the role of long-term services and supports in improving people’s lives, how technology enhances aging in place, and health care delivery. Susan’s skills include development of strategic relationships, service and revenue diversification strategies, best practices research, new model development and scaling, policy development and analysis, nonprofit administration, and organizational change.
In addition to her consulting work, Susan is a co-founder and board member of San Francisco Village and serves on the boards of the 30th Street Senior Center in San Francisco and the national Village to Village Network. She is also an Advisory Board Member for Share The Care, a member of the San Francisco Aging and Disability Friendly Work Group, and a member of the LeadingAge CA Planning Committee. Susan has a B.A. in Political Science from Brown University and a Masters in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley