Members of the Board of Appeals
Ann Lazarus: President
Darryl Honda: Vice President
Rick Swig: Commissioner
Rachael Tanner: Commissioner
Eduardo Santacana: Commissioner
Ann Lazarus, President
Ann Lazarus works as an interim executive director for nonprofits in transition. She recently served as Interim Executive Director of the International Association of Business Communicators, an education, research and networking organization for business communication professionals in over 80 countries. 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.
Darryl Honda, Vice President
Darryl Honda is a native Californian who has lived in San Francisco for over 42 years, attending school and working in a wide range of San Francisco neighborhoods. Mr. Honda is a realtor with over twenty one years of experience, currently working with Zephyr Realty. Previously, he owned and operated a small business for over fifteen years, the video rental store "Video-Motion" in San Francisco’s Sunset District. He is proud of his family’s multicultural heritage, which includes his maternal grandfather who emigrated from the Philippines and worked as a migrant field worker in California, and his paternal grandfather whose family emigrated from Hiroshima, Japan to farm on the Big Island of Hawaii. Mr. Honda’s many civic activities include being a founding member of the Westside Chinese Democratic Club and serving for nine years as an appointed board member of the California State Assistance Fund for Enterprise, Business and Industrial Development Corporation (SAFE-BIDCO). Mr. Honda attended the Academy of Art College and San Francisco Community College. He currently lives with his family in Golden Gate Heights. Mr. Honda was appointed to the Board by Mayor Edwin Lee on December 4, 2012, and reappointed on July 26, 2016. His term will expire on July 1, 2020.
Rick Swig, Commissioner
Rick Swig operates 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. His term will expire on July 1, 2020.
Rachael Tanner, Commissioner
Rachael Tanner currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Planning and Development Services Department in the City of Palo Alto. Prior to beginning this role in August of 2018, Ms. Tanner served the City and County of San Francisco. She spent three years working as a Senior Planner on the Excelsior & Outer Mission Neighborhood Strategy. Prior to that, Ms. Tanner worked for two years as a Program Specialist in the Long Beach City Manager’s Office. In the late 2000’s, she served as Executive Director of a community organizing non-profit in Kalamazoo, Michigan (her hometown). She earned her Political Science Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan, and her Master’s in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ms. Tanner lives in San Francisco and in her free time she mentors a middle school student and performs marriage ceremonies. Ms. Tanner was appointed to the Board of Appeals by the President of the Board of Supervisors, Malia Cohen, on October 30, 2018. Her term will expire on July 1, 2022.
Eduardo Santacana, Commissioner
Eduardo Santacana is a trial lawyer at San Francisco litigation boutique Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP. Eduardo attended Harvard Law School, and he spent his third year of study at U.C. Berkeley School of Law as an exchange student. During law school, Eduardo represented indigent tenants facing eviction in Boston's housing courts. Following graduation, he worked at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann &
NOTICE OF IMPLICIT BIAS TRAINING:
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.
- Eduardo Santacana, Commissioner, completed on December 30, 2019.
- Darryl Honda, Commissioner, completed on December 30, 2019.
- Rachael Tanner, Commissioner, completed on December 30, 2019.