Executive Director, Adrienne Pon
Ms. Pon is a native San Franciscan and has spent nearly her entire adult life working to bring tools, resources and decision-making power to the underserved. She brings seasoned tri-sector experience in public policy, corporate social responsibility, grantmaking, digital equity, nonprofit management, community engagement, and local government. First appointed by former Mayor Gavin Newsom in January 2008 to head the Mayor’s Office of Community Investment, she currently serves as Executive Director of the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission and the Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA), where she oversaw the citywide 2010 Census outreach campaign and has developed several innovative programs. Prior to joining the City, she served as CEO of Zeum, a next generation arts and tech museum; Interim Executive Director of the Asian Law Caucus; and Founding Executive Director of the Community Technology Policy Council. She previously worked in the private sector, mostly as External Affairs director at telecommunications giant Pacific Bell/SBC (now AT&T) developing public policy and funding digital equity initiatives such as Voice Mail for the Homeless, Asian Pacific American Future Communities, and Women & Girls Tech Up! She also served as the Statewide Local Government Liaison to California cities and counties.
Pon has extensive civic and community service experience, including ten years as President/Commissioner on the SF Civil Service Commission; and as board president of The Women’s Foundation, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, and the API Women’s Leadership Institute. She previously served as Co-Chair of the San Francisco 49ers Community Advisory Panel and as board member on numerous organizations such as the National Broadband Resource Center (formerly Alliance for Public Technology), Leadership California, and Global Education for Women Executive Leaders Advisory Board. Pon has received several local and national awards and recognitions. She is a graduate of Lowell High School, and holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs/Public Relations and a bachelor’s in community health education. She is a former United Way Loaned Executive and a graduate of the Coro City Focus, Gallup Leadership Institute, Leadership California and Leadership America public affairs programs.