About Us

Ms. Ellen Schumer, Chair is a fourth-generation San Franciscan with a passion for the appreciation of San Francisco's rich history and the many contributions of the city's diverse cultures. She created and managed the Docent Program for the newly restored City Hall and developed the Mock Board of Supervisor's program for San Francisco school children. Ms. Schumer has won numerous awards for her dedication to keeping San Francisco's history alive and meaningful for present and future generations. She has been very successful in bringing media attention to the issue of the preservation of San Francisco's heritage as embodied in its historic buildings. Ms. Schumer is a Lifetime Member of the San Francisco Historical Society.

Ms. Mae Woo, Vice-Chair is a native San Franciscan and a committed community volunteer since her early retirement as a real estate professional. She has served as a Board member of numerous nonprofit organizations such as the Saint Francis Foundation, the Chinese Culture Foundation, and Project HOPE International. Ms. Woo has also served the City in multiple roles, including a term as Film and Video Arts Commissioner. She moved on to serving the State in 1996-2005 as a Commissioner of the California Service Corps, formerly known as the Governors Office on Service and Volunteerism. Ms. Woo is best known for her work in her home community in San Francisco. She is a founder of the Woo Family Women's Auxiliary and the Chinese Consolidated Women's Association. She is currently serving as Founder/Charter President of Friends of Charity Cultural Services Center, as well as former Board President of CCSC. Ms. Woo is committed to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of volunteers serving community nonprofit organizations. Working directly with San Francisco Chinatown family associations and organizations, she seeks to preserve family values while developing younger professionals into the next generation of community leaders.

Mr. James W. Haas is a fifth generation San Franciscan. Educated at Stanford University and Columbia Law School, he is an attorney in private practice specializing in real estate and land use issues. He has played a key role in many civic issues. He was elected to a Commission to rewrite the City Charter which was finally adopted by the voters in 1996. He co-chaired the Citizens Committee which succeeded in getting the Embarcadero Freeway demolished. He also chaired the Committee which succeeded in convincing the voters to adopt a sale tax increase to finance City transportation improvements. For the last twenty years, his primary focus has been the completion and rehabilitation of San Francisco's Civic Center. Starting with the new Main Library in 1984, Mr. Haas has been involved with many Civic Center projects including serving as Treasurer of the bond campaign to complete the rehabilitation of City Hall in 1996 and coordinator for the Mayor first Civic Center Stakeholders' meeting in June 2005.