President & Chairman of the Board
Gary is a Policy & Community Affairs Manager for the SF Recreation & Park Dept. His focus includes interagency support within the City for homeless populations – including LGBT youth, public and private partnerships, and policy and programs that impact the City’s park system. Gary was appointed by Governor Brown to serve on the newly formed California Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council, he also serves as Vice Chair & Policy Chair to the SF Shelter Monitoring Committee as a Mayoral appointee, as well as the CFO for a substance-abuse recovery-based non-profit. Gary is also a former board member of the Castro Country Club Advisory Board – a safe and sober coffee house and meeting space dedicated to the recovery of LGBT addicts and alcoholics. Previously, Gary served as a Legislative Assistant to 3 members of the SF Board of Supervisors with focuses on policy and legislation and neighborhood quality of life initiatives. Prior to working for the City, Gary actively advocated policies that serve the homelessness and unhoused populations. Gary, himself, was homeless and living on the streets of SF and in the Castro for over a decade.
Garrett Robertson has been involved with Pink Triangle since January. A horticulturist by trade, he holds a bachelor’s degree in plant biology. In addition to his day job working for a small landscaping and plant care/design company, he is also director of gardens for the Corbett Heights Neighborhood Association as well as park steward for Corbett Slope Garden. As park steward for Corbett Slope Garden, he has helped to raise $700,000 for garden renovations. He has been involved with various garden projects in the Castro area for nearly four years
Ange grew up on 19th and Guerrero and attended Douglass Elementary, which is now Harvey Milk Academy. Ange’s mother was the development director for the Homeless Prenatal Program and as early as 7 years old, Ange was helping her mom in the program! Raised in a family of teachers and librarians, Ange’s aunt worked for SFUSD for over 40 years as a librarian. Ange’s altruistic nature continues with extended family runs to St Martin De Porras soup kitchen in Potrero. Ange will be a great resource for book ideas, as well as knowledge regarding grant opportunities. As a stay at home mother, Ange is excited about creating a more vibrant community with the Pink Triangle Park.
Steve Clark Hall
Steve Clark Hall is a native of San Francisco and has been owner of his 1885 home on 19th Street since 1984. He is a California state licensed general contractor who specializes in historic preservation. He has extensive experience in non-profit public benefit corporation management and served as the first President of the Eureka Valley Foundation when formed in 2008. He also serves as the Treasurer of the Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association.
Shaun Haines is a San Francisco native an LGBT community leader, an Associate Member San Francisco Democratic Party, Delegate California Democratic Party, Founder and President San Francisco Black Community Matters, Founder and Executive Director of San Francisco Impact Partners. Shaun has a keen and critical eye on public policy, community affairs, social justice and Democratic Party politics. His goals are to affect the remediation of disparities that impact communities that are most in need.
Ben Hutchinson has lived in San Francisco since 2011, and the Castro neighborhood since 2015. He is passionate about the role of public space, greenery and good urban design in supporting safe, vibrant and sustainable urban living for everyone. His day job at Google involves analyzing urban traffic and transportation data, and promoting transparency and accountability in data analysis..
<!– Tom Wright
Tom Wright is a retired employee benefits consultant, specializing in health care finance for mid to large employer groups. A native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, he moved to San Francisco in 1976, and since then has lived in the Castro, Duboce Triangle and Dolores Park neighborhoods. Since 1991, Tom has been an owner and resident of a restored/rescued 1895 Fernando Nelson home in the Castro, and has an avid interest in history and human rights, from local to international.–>
Here are the neighborhood leaders who have stepped up to be Ad Hoc Committee Volunteers of the EVF.
Matt is a pedestrian and bicycle safety advocate and is the organizer behind the People Protected Bike Lane. He is also a Guerilla sidewalk gardener. Matt is a 12 year resident and founder of SF-based businesses Xobni Corp. and Sincerely inc.
Jamison Wieser is a resident of San Francisco and Duboce Triangle since 2013 and has been involved in community activities such as co-hosting the Little Free Library, the Lemonade Stand, and forming a neighborhood watch. His interest and expertise in transportation matters has guided common wisdom and anecdotal information by serving on the SFMTA advisory council during the approval of the Central Subway plan and the Muni Forward Program among others. Jamison’s professional expertise as an “Experience Designer” may be an asset as we consider the visitor experience around Castro and Market; as some places are solemn, some festive, and other places are flexible.
John is a 25+ year SF resident and has lived in Eureka Valley/Castro since 1995. He is a lifetime status Master Gardener, certified Rosarian, environmental arts activist, garden coach, dog lover and culture vulture. John served as a Sustainability Officer for the California Department of Justice during the Schwarzenegger and Brown administrations. In 2013 and 2014, he received the Federal level “President’s Volunteer Service Award” for public outreach. In 2014, he was bestowed the inaugural “Volunteer of the Year” award during his municipal services water education internship. John is a life-long volunteer and believes that there is strength and safety within community.
Kathy is the owner and operator of Cruisin’ the Castro Walking Tours since 2005. The tours offer the most comprehensive LGBTQ tour in San Francisco, (and possibly the world!). A Castro resident of 18 years, (12 years on 17th Street across from the PTPM), a local historian and civil rights activist. Founding and current Board Member since 2007, for the Rainbow Honor Walk, (bronze sidewalk plaques in the Castro, honoring famous sexually diverse people whom have made a difference in the world www.rainbowhonorwalk.org). Also serves on the SF Planning Committee’s “LGBTQ Cultural Heritage Strategy”, which was created to identify and preserve historical LGBTQ sites in San Francisco.
Self-Employed in Book Dealing · April 2009 to present · San Francisco, California. Owner of Gerard Koskovich Queer Antiquarian Books, specializing in LGBT history and culture, women’s history, progressive social movements, French history & popular culture, immigrant and minority cultures.
Howard Grant – Oakland, CA
“Grant” is 78 years old, graduate of Stanford and Rice Universities, practiced architecture in SF for 30 years, Principal in architectural firm Reid & Tarics Associates, designer of Civic Center, Van Ness, Church, Castro, and West Portal subway stations, winner of numerous AIA design awards.
Gregg Lowery – Sebastopol, CA
Nurseryman owner of Vintage Gardens, a rose nursery in Sebastopol, for 40 years, he has served on the board of the Heritage Rose Foundation over a 15-year span. Gregg currently heads a non-profit foundation, The Friends of Vintage Roses, which seeks to preserve a large collection of historic roses and to educate and inform the public about the value of roses and gardens to our society.
Tom joined Transportation for a Livable City as executive director in June 2004. He has been an urban environmental activist since attending college at UC Berkeley, advocating for urban environmental restoration, better public transport, and the greening and revitalization of public streetscapes and open spaces. He played an important role in voter initiatives to create the Octavia Boulevard and to create a “Grand Central Station” at San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal that connects regional and intercity rail and bus lines. He has served as an elected director of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District since 1996, where he has advocated for reinvestment and renovation of the BART system, and improving BART practices in the areas of sustainability, accessibility, customer service, architecture and urban design, and the creation of transit villages at BART stations.