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Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission comprises 7 individuals appointed by the Mayor to 4-year renewable terms.  Commissioners meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month, except November and December, when meetings are on the 3rd Wednesday. See the Commission Meeting Schedule for details.

President Andrea Shorter

Andrea Shorter


Andrea Shorter has served on the Commission on the Status of Women since 2001. A longtime advocate in the women's community, she has served as President of the San Francisco chapter of the National Organization for Women, Founding Board Member of the International Museum of Women, and Board President for both La Casa De Las Madres, and Standing Against Global Exploitation. The former Deputy Director of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, Andrea is the co-author of a groundbreaking report on the status of girls in San Francisco's juvenile justice system that is still widely referenced as a catalyst for reform.

Vice President Deborah Mesloh Deborah Mesloh

Vice President

Deborah "Debbie" Mesloh has served in the public policy and political arena for the past 15 years. She is currently Senior Director of Global Public and Government Affairs at Gap, Inc. Most recently she was Senior Advisor to Attorney General Kamala Harris during her successful run for statewide office. Commissioner Mesloh's work with AG Harris builds upon her service as a key campaign official during Harris’ successful race for San Francisco District Attorney in 2003, and served as DA Harris’ communications director during her first term. In 2007, Commissioner Mesloh joined the Obama for America campaign as California Communications Director. She then served the next 18 months in various states throughout the country as a spokeswoman and communications advisor to the campaign. In 2008, she was asked to serve as a spokeswoman on the Presidential Inauguration Committee and then as a White House Political Appointee to the Office of the United States Trade Representative. She remains active in local, state and national politics. Commissioner Mesloh holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Kansas. She is an avid surfer and runner.

Commissioner Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez

Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez


Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez serves as President of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women. Kirshner-Rodriguez also serves as National Board Secretary of Emerge America and on the San Francisco Jewish Community Relations Council. Kirshner-Rodriguez’s experience spans more than 25 years in the public and private sector including national, state and local policy development and program implementation. From 2008-2012, Kirshner-Rodriguez served in senior positions with the City and County of San Francisco. In her position as Director of Government Affairs for Mayors’ Gavin Newsom and then Edwin Lee, she had direct responsibility for implementation of a comprehensive government relations program that advanced the mission and priorities of the City at the federal and state and local level. Kirshner-Rodriguez represented San Francisco on the Association of Bay Area Governments and also co-chaired the San Francisco Collaborative against Human Trafficking. Kirshner Rodriguez also managed External Affairs for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.Kirshner Rodriguez spent many years in senior positions in Washington DC. During the Clinton Administration, Kirshner-Rodriguez served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Relations at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, DC from 1997-2001 and before that held a similar position at the US Department of Labor.  She served as Director of the Women’s Council for the Senate Committee and Chief of Staff to the Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee. She served as a senior member of Senator Barbara Boxer’s first Senate campaign in 1992 and in 1997.  
Commissioner Olga Ryerson 

Olga A. Ryerson 


Olga Ryerson is a first generation native of the Mission District in San Francisco.  Born in St. Luke’s Hospital, she has lived in or near the Mission District of San Francisco for most of her entire life.  One month after she graduated from St. Paul’s High School, at the age of 17, she proudly began her career with the City and County of San Francisco.

As a City employee, Olga learned the values of hard work, dedication and service.  She held several positions during her career with the City including Assistant to the Director of Public Works, Assistant to the City Administrator and Confidential Secretary to the Mayor.  During her career with the City, Olga assumed many duties, which included analyzing, researching and administering City policies and procedures, and representing the Director of Public Works as a hearing officer on various matters.  Olga helped to staff the City’s 24/7 Emergency Command Center on Turk Street immediately after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake; and she worked tirelessly during the last two weeks of June 2008 to coordinate the training and scheduling of the hundreds of volunteers who served as Deputy Marriage Commissioners, Marriage License Issuers and official City Greeters who were instrumental in the marriages of the 1,000 same sex couples that occurred during that time.

Olga retired from the City and County of San Francisco in February 2015 after 40 years of service.

Olga is a strong proponent of civil rights and an advocate for seniors, women and children.  She has personally witnessed the effects of a culture where abuse within the family is kept silent and accepted, and she understands the outreach and the services needed in order to bring the victims of domestic violence the help they need.

Commissioner Julie Soo

Julie D. Soo



Julie D. Soo is a senior staff counsel with the California Department of Insurance. She has volunteered in a variety of community causes, including hate crimes projects, civil rights education, campaign work, and community health advocacy. She is well-recognized as a former staff writer with AsianWeek, where she continues to be a features contributor. Julie is a fourth-generation San Franciscan on her mother’s side of the family and a graduate of Lowell High School. In addition to serving on the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women, she is a member of the Board of Trustees for Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and is active with the California Democratic Party Executive Board as a co-chair of the Platform Committee, now entering her sixth term as a delegate. She holds an A.B. with a double major in Pure Mathematics and Statistics from U.C. Berkeley, an M.A. in Applied Mathematics from U.C. San Diego, and a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law.

Commissioner Breanna Zwart

Breanna Zwart


Breanna Zwart has been a lifelong advocate for women and girls through mentoring, education, and community & economic development. She currently works to promote Internet access in emerging markets with the Access and Energy team at Google. Ms. Zwart’s portfolio includes partnership development, policy implementation, communications, and strategy execution. 

Prior to joining Google, Ms. Zwart was a Presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of the Treasury where she led initiatives promoting gender equality in international economic development. Before her time in Washington D.C., Ms. Zwart was the City of San Diego’s Budget and Finance committee consultant and a policy advisor to the City Council President. 

Ms. Zwart has served on the board of the Elementary Institute of Science, the San Diego New Leaders Council, is a past member of Hermanitas, HerStory, and former co-director of Strong Women, Strong Girls. 

Ms. Zwart holds a Masters of Science in Public Policy and Management, and a Bachelors of Arts and Humanities in International Relations and Drama with a Minor in Hispanic Studies, both from Carnegie Mellon University. 




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