- Community organizer in Pacific NW and San Francisco Bay Area since 1967.
- Manager in special events industry for 41 years (mostly managing police, security, medical & traffic control planning/operations for parades, festivals, concerts, TV & movies). Worked for Seattle Parks Dept., Seattle Arts Commission and San Francisco Chronicle planning and producing citywide festivals.
- Pro bono consultant to San Francisco Police Dept. (coordinated community input to redesign SFPD website) and with Oakland Office of Emergency Services.
- Now semi-retired and volunteering in community-based organizations in Eugene, Oregon
1998 - Present
Project Management Team
Duties included providing production assistance, handling permits, production equipment and security services for traditional crafts, arts & performance festival from the People's Republic of China. Worked closely with producers from Shanghai, Port of San Francisco.
1971 - Present
Prepared and presented educational / interactive workshop presentations and activities for youth leaders from throughout the United States.
Jul 2013 - Present
Human Rights Commissioner / Police Commissioner
The HRC members create working groups, designate liaisons, craft resolutions and statements and facilitate collaboration and partnerships to achieve specific, targeted outcomes. The Commission and its committees provide a public forum, where issues can be announced or concerns brought forward from the community for broader attention or possible organized response. The Commission participates in, endorses and financially sponsors community events that are aligned with its mission.
Oct 2012 - May 2014
Chosen by City Manager's Office as one of four community leaders to serve (pro bono) on the City of Eugene's team planning the 39th Annual Conference On Neighborhood Concerns, a nationwide event for neighborhoods, nonprofits and government to be held in 2014.
2001 - 2006
Emergency Fire Service
Dispatched & coordinated mobile disaster/fire damage recovery teams in San Francisco area for firm managed by off-duty firefighters.
1971 - 2005
Special Event Services
Provided services in California, Washington, Oregon. Managed all operations of small business: advertising, staff supervision,licensing, client relations, payroll, telecommunications, computer support, on-site employee supervision.
2002 - 2004
San Francisco Observer Newspaper
Wrote police blotter column covering central San Francisco. Voted Best Columnist for 2003 by readers.
1997 - 2000
Government Services / Security Coordinator
San Francisco Fourth of July Waterfront Festival
Responsible for liaison with SF & US Park Police, rangers, Coast Guard, SF Dept. of Parking & Traffic, etc. Also worked as supervisor for traffic control & police responses on day of event. This event draws 200,000+ annually and is the main fireworks show for San Francisco.
Jan 1999 - Jul 1999
Security & Traffic Coordinator / Government Liaison
Responsible for coordination of traffic, guards, parking, EMS, other services to internationally televised 10-day event drawing 90,000 and viewed by several million people. Supervised operations at Point Lobos and Treasure Island venues during run of show. Coordinated with National Park Service, Coast Guard, SFFD, SFPD, Mayor's Office, SF MUNI, SF Rec & Park, local residents & businesses.
Jan 1998 - Mar 1998
Assistant Project Director
Coordinated equipment, services and crews for the San Francisco Mayor's Office, Port of San Francisco and City of San Francisco Department of Public Health for an emergency homeless shelter for 600 people. The shelter was constructed, wired, plumbed, staffed, heated and ready for occupancy within 72 hours of the emergency call from the Mayor. Worked with San Francisco's Chief City Administrator to get $70,000 emergency advance city funding for building supplies in less than 48 hours and without red tape.
Jan 1997 - May 1997
Site Management Team
Provided technical support and shore security for commissioning ceremonies for US Navy and local dignitaries.
1988 - 1997
Parade Director / Technical Director/ Co-Chair
Responsible for liaison with police, transit, community groups and businesses. Coordinated all aspects, especially outreach, registration, assembly and lineup of 2nd largest parade on West Coast. Event draws 100,000+ annually. Parade included 350 contingents, 180 floats & vehicles.
Jan 1994 - Mar 1994
Supervised 24-hour outdoor site security for SF segment of worldwide tour of the World Cup Trophy.
Jan 1993 - Jun 1993
Security & Communications Coordinator
Supervised security, medical, communications, police liaison, crowd control for nationally recognized conference sponsored by Swords To Plowshares.
1988 - 1991
Security & Communications Chief
Cinco De Mayo Parade & Festival
Planned & coordinated parade monitors, security, traffic control, crowd control, radio communications & police liaison for community festivals drawing 300,000. Outreach and training for Latino, Filipino and Pacific Island youth. Liaison with various inner-city agencies and community groups.
1989 - 1990
Program Director - Safe & Sober Streets Program
North of Market Planning Coalition
Created and implemented neighborhood plan for increased street crime prevention and reduced availability of cheap, potent alcohol in the Tenderloin. Worked wth State Alcoholic Beverages Control chief Mike Tyrell, SFPD officials, SF Board of Supervisors to help create SFPD Tenderloin Task Force. Organized 1,500-person march with Rev. Cecil Williams of Glide Memorial Church to protest liquor stores selling cheap alcohol. Effected a serious, lasting reduction in drug sales, robbery, food stamp fraud and assault in target area.
Jan 1989 - Feb 1989
KOFY-TV Help-A-Thon For The Homeless
House security, communications, volunteer recruiting, production support. Talent: MC Valerie Harper, Vanessa Williams, Pete Escovedo, Sheila E, Big Brother, Mimi Farina, Country Joe McDonald, Y & T, Mickey Hart, Fabian & The Commodores.
1988 - 1989
Assistant to Parade Coordinator
Assisted International Festivals Association President Don Whitely in lining up and marshaling parade for TV broadcast. Duties also included crowd control and troubleshooting. Event drew approximately 120,000.
Jan 1988 - Jun 1988
Site Planner / Security & Medical Supervisor
Jefferson Airplane/Starship Reunion Concert
Worked with KFOG Radio & promoter Bill Graham. Responsible for stage placement, other logistical planning, event support staff.
Jan 1988 - May 1988
Production Team / Government Liaison
Northern California Leukemia Society - Fundraiser Parade
Assisted in organizing fundraising parade co-sponsored by KFOG-FM. Event staged in conjunction with 22 other simultaneous parades nationwide. Parade marshal Richard Berry, composer of the song "Louie, Louie".
Jan 1987 - Aug 1987
Production Planner / Operational Coordinator
Events held in Haight-Ashbury / Golden Gate Park (Bandshell, Polo Fields, Panhandle), San Francisco, 1987 Parade & concert fund-raisers. Responsible for communications, information, traffic, security. Five events attended by 45,000. Sponsored by KRQR-FM. Proceeds benefited San Francisco Food Banks, Haight-Ashbury Medical Clinic, Switchboard, & Family Shelter programs. Entertainment included It's A Beautiful Day, Big Brother & The Holding Co., Country Joe, The Dinosaurs, KBC Band (former Jefferson Starship members).
Jan 1986 - Jan 1986
Production Troubleshooter / Press & Pass Desk Coordinator
Three-day event drawing 25,000 to Kaiser Convention Center. Eartha Kitt, Holly Near, Staple Singers, Bo Diddley, Edwin Hawkins performed.
Jan 1985 - Jan 1985
Technical Coordinator for Ceremonies
Planned and coordinated logistics, transportation, sound & lights, crew, communications and VIP liaison for opening crew, communications and VIP liaison for opening & closing ceremonies of week-long event at City Hall. Managed limousine tour of citywide art exhibits and performances for Board of Supervisors, Arts Commissioners.
1980 - 1984
Logistics Coordinator / Technical Director
Sponsored by City of Seattle & Seattle Folklore Society. Coordinated all crew, technical and government services for annual four day event, 120,000 attendance. Responsible for complete technical planning & overall operational control, supervising 550 staff and volunteers. This event is the largest free ethnic & folk music/crafts fair in North America, presenting over 700 performances on 12 simultaneously operating stages. Supervised an additional 21 presentation & activity areas as well as 15 service facilities for 3,200 performers, craftspeople and other participants.
Jan 1983 - Mar 1983
Creative concepts and design of computer graphics & text content for Paramount Pictures feature film Star TREK Ill." Assisted in computerized editing & production control.
Jan 1982 - Jun 1982
Medicine Wheel Gathering
Three-day Native American wilderness seminar/workshop series, ceremonies and performances. Presented by Sun Bear. Attended by participants from 11 nations.
Jan 1981 - Jan 1981
Press Area Security Supervisor
Security supervisor in press area (direct access to Royal Party). Reported to US Secret Service.
1980 - 1981
Director of Communications/Parade Assembly
Parade assembly, marshaling & communications for 400 boats & ships from 24 NW yacht clubs. The event, held on Portage Bay and Lake Washington is attended by 70,000+ annually.
1973 - 1980
Festival Technical & Production Manager
Logistical, security, production management for City festivals drawing approximately 190,000 annually and using the 72-acre site of 1962 World's Fair. Duties included stage management, logistical, security, traffic and communications coordination for national multimedia event running from four to ten days. The event presented up to ten simultaneously operating stages featuring more than 600 acts per festival. Each festival employed 350 staff & volunteers. Produced by Seattle Arts Commission, Seattle Parks Dept., Seattle Center.
1977 - 1978
Safety Supervisor / Government Liaison
Supervised security, communications and local government liaison for event drawing several thousand wooden boat enthusiasts and hundreds of vessels from 11 nations; 2,800 att.; security for gates, seminars, approx. $2,000,000 worth of hand-built boats.
Jan 1977 - Mar 1977
Production & Security Supervisor
Fat Tuesday (Seattle Mardi Gras)
Indoor/outdoor Mardi Gras event featuring 22 simultaneous performance areas operating throughout downtown Seattle. Attended by over 85,000 over a 7-day run. Supervised communications, security, crowd control, police liaison, information booths, traffic control, medical teams, radio units, communications center.
Jan 1976 - Jul 1976
Technical & Production Manager
Nationally televised Seattle Center event attended by over 200,000. Sponsored by Sea-King Bicentennial Committee.
1973 - 1975
Assistant Communications Manager
Radio communications for parade marshaling, traffic control, commo center. 140,000 combined attendance.
1970 - 1975
Site / Security Coordinator
NW Rock Festivals & Concerts
NW Rock Festivals & Concerts: Satsop, Sky River, Buffalo Party, Eagles Auditorium, Dinosaurs, various Pacific NW rural locations. Combined attendance of over 200,000. Sites ranged from 80 to 600 acres. Duties included site preparation & construction supervision, site operation coordination during events, security & communications. Crews up to 200. Talent included Sly Stone, Jesse Colin Young & the Youngbloods, Bo Diddley, Billy Preston, Delaney & Bonnie, Canned Heat, Frank Zappa, Moby Grape, Quicksilver, Steppenwolf, The Animals, Guess Who, Three Dog Night.
Jan 1973 - Jun 1973
Site supervision of construction and initial operation of 200-acre permanent music & arts park. Complete production support supervision for 3-day national-talent bluegrass & country music festival drawing 50,000. Recruited and supervised staff of 300. Featured acts: Big Mama Thornton, Doug Kershaw, Earl Scruggs Review, James Cotton, John Hartford, John Lee Hooker, Leo Kottke, Lester Flatt, Loudon Wainwright III, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Ramblin' Jack Elliott.
1971 - 1972
Radio Talk-Show Personality
Featured guest-in-residence on "Al Cummings Morning Trip''.
Jan 1971 - Sep 1971
Site Manager / Government Liaison
Recruited & supervised crew of 200+; managed security for gates, cash, perimeter, concessions, stage, crowd control. Also responsible for fire suppression, communications, electricity, garbage collection and public announcements. Liaison to Grays Harbor County, Washington State Patrol, Air National Guard. Managed mass-casualty incidents, co-managed medical airlifts. Four-day event had approximately 135,000 attendance (making it temporarily the 4th largest ''city'' in three states). This event was the only legally-permitted "rock festival" in US history.
1965 - 1968
Parade Contingent Coordinator / Production Assistant
Responsibilities included coordinating and feeding all the motorcycle drill teams and marching bands. The Rhody Festival recently celebrated its 77th year.
1967 - 1968
AV & Stage Tech/Assistant Stage Manager
Supervised sound, lighting and other technical aspects of professional stage productions. Worked with technical staff and performers from Pasadena Playhouse, Bristol Theatre, Kansas City Playhouse, Cirque Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, U of Washington Drama Dept. Also assisted visual artist Robert Rauschenberg.
2012 Managed all social media advertising and public service announcements for Oregon House District 11 campaign.
1969-Present Highlights: Persuaded Wells Fargo Bank to improve accessibility for disabled customers in several of its San Francisco branches. Successfully advocated for accessible safety workshops for San Francisco (MUNI) transit users.
1988 I donated my services as Site Coordinator, Stage security, traffic control, VIP escort, communications manager for this event drawing 30,000+. Talent included Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, Jerry Garcia, Norton Buffalo, John Cippolina, Mimi Farina, Russian band Time Machine.
2005-2009 Community organizer for Dimond Neighborhood crime prevention and disaster readiness council. Annual disaster drills, monthly workshops. Set up and managed Oakland's largest disaster training for citizens. Created https://sites.google.com/site/dimondneighborhood/ as a neighborhood resource.
1997 - 2005 Organized neighborhood action committee to ally with major businesses and government in addressing local crime, traffic, noise and other nuisance problems in the area surround City Hall. In weekly communication with local SFPD captains, Dept. of Parking & Traffic, Dept. of Public Works. Excellent track record in impacting violent crime, drug sales, street sinkholes, traffic signals, signage, police presence, etc. Formed alliances with National Center for International Schools, neighborhood small businesses and government agencies.
2008 – Present Established an online group and website to share information about wildfire protection and other Wildland-Urban Interface concerns.
2002-2003 Community Input Coordinator / Technical Advisor Research, project support, public input facilitation for 6-9 month function/usability upgrade process. Several years of follow-up. Reported directly to Chief of Department Heather Fong.
Volunteer on campaigns since 1960. Precinct Captain for first mayoral run in San Francisco by Gavin Newsom (above), now Lt. Governor of California.
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