• 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

Work History

Work History
Jul 2013 - Present

Human Rights Commissioner / Police Commissioner

City of Eugene, Oregon

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.

1971 - Present

Resource Consultant

Urban Plunge Program

Prepared and presented educational / interactive workshop presentations and activities for youth leaders from throughout the United States.

1998 - Present

Project Management Team

San Francisco Chinese Lantern Festival

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.

Oct 2012 - May 2014

Planning Team

39th Annual Conference On Neighborhood Concerns (Neighborhoods USA 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

Field Supervisor

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

Crime Columnist

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

ESPN X-Games

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

Mission Rock Emergency Homeless Shelter

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.

1988 - 1997

Parade Director / Technical Director/ Co-Chair

San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration

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

Security Director

World Cup Soccer - Legacy Tour

Supervised 24-hour outdoor site security for SF segment of worldwide tour of the World Cup Trophy.

Jan 1993 - Jun 1993

Security & Communications Coordinator

Stand Down: Help for Homeless Veterans

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

Security Supervisor

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

Chinese New Year Parade

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

20th Anniversary of the "Summer Of Love" Celebrations

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

First Martin Luther King Day Celebration

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

San Francisco Arts Festival

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

Northwest Folklife Festival

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 Consultant

Stray Frames / Paramount Pictures: Star Trek III

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

Site/Security/Communications Coordinator

Medicine Wheel Gathering

Three-day Native American wilderness seminar/workshop series, ceremonies and performances. Presented by Sun Bear. Attended by participants from 11 nations.

1980 - 1981

Director of Communications/Parade Assembly

Seattle Yacht Club -- Opening Day of Yachting Season

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

Bumbershoot (Seattle Arts Festival)

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

Wooden Boat Festival & Symposium

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.

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 Director

Ozark Mountain Folkfair

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

Satsop River Fair

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

Port Townsend Rhododendron Festival

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

Port Townsend Summer School of the Arts

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.

Volunteer Work

Memberships: Professional Groups