José Cisneros is the elected Treasurer of the City and County of San Francisco. As Treasurer, José serves as the City’s banker and chief investment officer, and manages tax and revenue collection for San Francisco. He’s a passionate believer that all San Franciscans are responsible for the City’s financial health, but that residents need to be financially empowered to make a difference. He led the effort to create the Office of Financial Empowerment. Learn more about senior Treasury staff supporting work of the Office of Financial Empowerment here.
Sean directs the work of the OFE, working closely with San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros, the OFE Team and a broad group of thought partners, to design new, and expand existing, financial empowerment programs for poor and low-income people; and leverages this direct work to demonstrate what’s possible and model city government as a laboratory for social innovation. He brings nearly 20 years of experience researching, designing and managing international programs, and building institutions and networks, to deliver financial services, education and social safety net programs. Sean earned his master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a concentration in poverty and social policy.
Manager, Evaluation and Learning
Sarika drives all research, putting evidence at the heart of the OFE’s work. She also helps the OFE harvest learning, and manage and share this knowledge with local and national stakeholders. Sarika brings strong expertise in financial inclusion, with experience in program and product research, design and evaluation. Previously, she served as Director of Ideation at D2D Fund and Research Analyst at ideas42, and most recently as Independent Consultant. Sarika earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University and Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Project Consultant, Youth Financial Access
Christa works with the Office of Financial Empowerment to ensure San Francisco youth have access to positive financial products and education. Prior to her work with the City, Christa worked for United Way of the Bay Area as the Director of the SparkPoint Initiative. While at United Way, she helped develop a nationally recognized model that brings together over 80 nonprofits to work with low-income families to access services and move up the economic ladder. Christa has served on the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter boards in Solano and Marin Counties and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of San Francisco. Christa is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Public Affairs at the University of California, Berkeley.
Manager, Policy and Programs
Jacob leads program development and oversight for a range of OFE initiatives focused on access to financial products and services, financial capability, and public-private partnerships. Jacob’s role at OFE includes policy analysis and advocacy on issues including prepaid and bank products, electronic payments, lending, and bank regulation. Prior to joining the OFE Jacob managed housing and economic development programs at the National Urban League; previous work includes program and organization analysis in the philanthropic sector. Jacob received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and an MPP from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.
Program Manager, Kindergarten to College
Carol Lei joined the Office of Financial Empowerment, June, 2014, as the program manager for its Kindergarten to College (K2C) program. Prior to her focus on K2C, she was a program manager for Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco, personally working with thousands families to enroll and be involved in the San Francisco Unified School District’s public schools. She is a UC Berkeley Business School graduate and was a corporate employee in the high tech industry before running her own consulting business, focusing on management, team development, and diversity in the workplace.
Program Manager, Financial Capability
Sarah leads financial education and access initiatives for the SF OFE. Sarah’s role includes the planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of several financial capability programs, including Smart Money Coaching, the Smart Money Network, and Bank on San Francisco. Prior to joining the OFE, Sarah worked to support families as a Neighborhood & Economic Development Manager for the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, overseeing place-based programming to increase housing stability, community safety, health, and financial capability. Sarah received her MPP from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
Clerk, Kindergarten to College
Donna leads customer service and account management for the Kindergarten to College Program. Prior to joining OFE, Donna worked as an administrative assistant in San Francisco's public education system.