• Karen Kai, President
  • Don Hesse, Secretary
  • May Jaber, Treasurer
  • Allen Jordan, Communications


  • Theresa Sparks, Executive Director, San Francisco Human Rights Commission
  • Susan Christian, Chair, San Francisco Human Rights Commission
  • Mark Kelleher, Vice Chair, San Francisco Human Rights Commission
Pictured left to right: Mayor Ed Lee (center) with SF/HRC Friends ex-officio members HRC chair Michael Sweet (far left) and Mark Kelleher (far right); with HRC commissioners Nazlay Mohajer and Michael Pappas.

SF-HRC in action: participating w/ other stakeholder city departments to help identify and encourage the creation of "safe spaces" as a refuge against violence, especially for at-rink youth.

Edgar D. Osgood describes how he helped lead the launch of HRC in 1964 as the first San Francisco Human Rights Commissioner.

Edgar D. Osgood, now Consul General to Ivory Coast, describes how he helped lead the launch of HRC in 1964 as the first San Francisco Human Rights Commissioner.

Friends of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.

The Friends helps provide the “margin of excellence,” beyond what is capable with diminishing public funding, to assist the commission and its staff to seek out and engage innovative opportunities to advance human rights, research and understand best practices, as well as to refine and promote new best practices developed here in San Francisco. The Friends are proud of their long history of providing small but carefully-targeted grants to broadcast crucial public hearings and to support legal and policy interns, professional development, timely forums and community leader awards to highlight a few areas of focus. The Friends raise funding through annual events and the generosity of many individuals, at all levels of support, along with community organizations and businesses. As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Friends of SF/HRC acts as the primary fiscal agent for other visionary foundations that are interested in advancing the work of the Human Rights Commission.

San Francisco Human Rights Commission.

Since SF/HRC was launched in 1964, it has led the way in pioneering the kind of basic civil, employment, domestic partnership and housing protections most of take for granted today—especially in the BayArea—for African Americans, women, gay men and lesbians, and transgender individuals. Most innovations have been national models.

Beyond these ongoing challenges, new issues on the horizon include exploring potential solutions concerning the boundaries of ethnic profiling for national security, the flight of Black families from urban centers due in part to gentrification, immigrant marginalization and persecution, high suicide among bisexuals in part due to cultural negligence or “invisibility” and many other burgeoning causes.

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