Board Members

Members of the Board of Appeals

Rick Swig, President

Ann Lazarus: Vice President 

Tina Chang: Commissioner

Jose Lopez: Commissioner

(Vacant): Commissioner




Rick Swig, President

Rick Swig operatVes RSBA & Associates, providing advisory services for the hospitality industry including asset management, hotel operations reviews, asset strategy development, and acquisition due diligence major hotel management and operating companies, as well as to owners of individual hotels and portfolios. He has also been an investor in hotels since 1989 and currently owns the Napa Winery Inn in Napa, California. His background includes a career with Fairmont Hotels, where he rose to be the Vice-President and Managing Director of the Fairmont Hotel Management Company. Mr. Swig served four years as a member of the San Francisco Redevelopment Commission, including one as President. Other organizations with which he has been involved include serving as President of the Hospitality Asset Managers Association, as a member and former Chair of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants, and as Chair of the San Francisco Travel Association. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Visit Napa Valley and on the Advisory Board of the Bill Graham Foundation. Mr. Swig is a graduate of Stanford University. He lives in the Marina District with his wife. They are the parents of two grown children. Mr. Swig was appointed to the Board of Appeals by Board of Supervisors President London Breed on April 2, 2015, and reappointed on July 26, 2016. Thereafter, he was appointed by Mayor London Breed on August 18, 2020. His term will expire on July 1, 2024.


Ann Lazarus, Vice President

Ann Lazarus has worked for the last 16 years as an interim executive director for nonprofits in transition.  She recently completed an assignment with the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. From late 1991 through 2004, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Mount Zion Health Fund, a grant making public charity. Ms. Lazarus also has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. She has been a corporate planner and Director of Investor Relations for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the director of a health resource center, the chair of the trustees of a multi-employer retirement plan with assets over $400 million, and has provided management counsel to multiple organizations. She has also served as a program consultant to several mayoral administrations. Ms. Lazarus holds Bachelor of Arts and MBA degrees from Stanford University and a Masters in Urban Studies from Occidental College. She served eight years as a member of San Francisco’s Port Commission, including two years as President. Other organizations with which she has been involved include Congregation Emanu-El, Alumni Consulting Team of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Clinic by the Bay, SPUR, and the San Francisco Human Services Network, of which she was the co-founder. Ms. Lazarus is a native San Franciscan who currently lives in Pacific Heights with her husband Jim. They are the parents of four grown children. Ms. Lazarus was appointed to the Board by Mayor Edwin Lee on July 25, 2012 and reappointed by Mayor Lee on July 30, 2014. Mayor Mark Farrell reappointed her on June 29, 2018.  Her term will expire on July 1, 2022.


Tina Chang, Commissioner

Tina Chang is the Director of Project Management at Associate Capital, a firm that focuses on real estate development. Tina is responsible for strategic planning and project coordination. Prior to Associate Capital, Tina spent nearly a decade in the public sector. She worked as a senior planner with the San Francisco Planning Department where she managed large-scale project entitlements. She further worked as a community planner for the US Navy. She earned a Bachelor's degree in International Development Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania Ms. Chang was appointed by President Norman Yee to fill the remainder of Commissioner Rachael Tanner’s term after Ms. Tanner was appointed to the Planning Commission. Ms. Chang’s term will expire on July 1, 2022.


Jose Lopez, Commissioner

Jose L. Lopez is the General Counsel of Zeplin, Inc., a technology company producing collaboration tools for designers and developers.  He was previously Head of Legal at Samsung Next, corporate counsel at Salesforce, and an associate at the law firms of Gunderson Dettmer in Redwood City and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York City. Jose graduated from the UC Berkeley School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the California Law Review.  Prior to law school, Jose taught in public schools as a New York City Teaching Fellow and earned a Master’s degree in Education from CUNY - Lehman College.  He received his B.A. in English from UC Berkeley. While an undergraduate student, Jose served as a commissioner on the City of Berkeley’s Housing Advisory Commission. Jose was born and raised in San Jose, California. He lives in San Francisco’s Bayview District with his wife, Sophia, who is a practicing pediatrician. They are the parents of young twins, Lucia and Jose. Mr. Lopez was appointed to the Board by Mayor London Breed on July 27, 2021. His term will expire on July 1, 2024




San Francisco Administrative Code Section 16.9-28 requires that the Executive Director and Commissioners of the Board of Appeals complete Implicit Bias Training by December 31, 2019.  This training is administered by the Department of Human Resources.

The following individuals have completed this training:


  • Julie Rosenberg, Executive Director, completed on November 21, 2019.
  • Rick Swig, Commissioner, completed on December 2, 2019.
  • Ann Lazarus, Commissioner, completed on December 6, 2019.