Elizabeth Salveson, President
Appointed March 5, 2018 by Mayor Mark E. Farrell
Ms. Salveson served for 12 years as Chief Labor Attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney’s office (2004-2016), leading the team that represented the City during that period on labor and employment issues, including civil service issues. She continues to serve the City with her appointment as a Civil Service Commissioner in 2018.
Prior to her appointment as Chief Labor Attorney, she was a Director for 20 years at the law firm Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin in San Francisco (1984-2004), where she specialized in employment litigation and counseling. During her tenure with the firm, she served as Chair of the Employment Litigation & Counseling Group (1992-2004); Chair of the Litigation Department (1997-1999); and served terms on many other firm committees. She was an associate at the firm from 1978 until she became a Director.
During her professional career, Ms Salveson taught Employment Discrimination (2007-2009) and Civil Pretrial Practice (1996-1998) at UC Hastings College of the Law. As an active member of the San Francisco legal community, she served on several boards, including the Board of Equal Rights Advocates (1994-2002), the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers for Northern California (2008-2015), and the Board of Directors for the Bar Association of San Francisco (2003-2005). Ms. Salveson continues to be an active member of the California Bar.
Ms. Salveson graduated with honors from UC Hastings College of the Law (1978). She received her B.A. degree from Occidental College.
Kate Favetti, Vice President
Appointed September 22, 2011 by Mayor Edwin Lee
As a City and County of San Francisco retiree with 36 years of dedicated service, the recent appointment of Commissioner Kate Favetti to the Civil Service Commission is hailed as an outstanding addition to the work and the betterment of the civil service merit system.
Commissioner Favetti's City and County career has encompassed progressively more complex positions in the professional, managerial and executive ranks culminating as a City Department Head for the Civil Service Commission. Her 36 years of work experience is a reflection of the civil service merit system at work, starting as a Clerk Typist, working her way to qualify and be appointed in the positions of Senior Clerk-Typist, Management Assistant, Personnel Analyst, Senior Personnel Analyst, Senior Departmental Personnel Officer, Human Resources Manager, Special Assistant, Assistant Executive Officer, Principal Employee Relations Representative, SFGH Human Resources Director, and ultimately as a City Department Head.
Commissioner Favetti is a well-known and respected facilitator of the City and County's civil service personnel system. Her extensive knowledge of the legal framework of civil service and her considered judgment have established her as the key resource person to whom so many turn for advice and information on personnel matters. Commissioner Favetti's experience and achievements have earned her the honor and recognition of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources, IPMA-HR Executive Level Certification.
As a native and long-time resident of San Francisco, Commissioner Favetti is active in numerous neighborhood, community service and non-profit organizations. She is Board Member, OMI Cultural Participation Project; Coordinator, she is former President of the Westwood Park Homeowners Association (2009-2016); Ocean Avenue Association Executive Director Hiring Committee (2011 and 2012); Phelan Loop Design Committee; the San Francisco Botanical Gardens; and, others.
Commissioner Favetti and her husband Ray are the proud parents of Tony, his wife Lauren, Joseph, his wife Amber and Dominic; and doting grandparents to Nicole, Renee, Mia Rose, Abby and Lilah.
Douglas S. Chan, Commissioner
Appointed July 22, 2013 by Mayor Edwin Lee
Douglas S. Chan, is an attorney and a founding partner with the San Francisco law firm of Chan & WELCH, LLP. His law practice is concentrated on transactions involving business formations, estate and asset protection planning, technology licensing, product distribution and supply arrangements, and strategic counseling for domestic and international companies. As a professional, he has received the highest (“a-v”) peer-review rating from the Martindale-Hubbell directory for two decades and named a Northern California “Super Lawyer” for business law.
Commissioner Chan has held a variety of positions in public service. He is a former member of several other San Francisco commissions and boards. His previous experience includes service as a member of the Human Rights Commission from 2008 to 2013, Police Commissioner from 2004 to 2006, a member of the San Francisco Board of Permit Appeals from 1993 to 1995, two terms as a member of the Assessment Appeals Board from 1987 to 1993, and as a commissioner on the San Francisco Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Board from 1983 to 1987. In 1992, Commissioner Chan was also appointed to serve on the board of directors and chairman of the Mayor’s Chinatown Economic Development Group, Inc., a quasi-governmental, nonprofit corporation charged with promoting the economic recovery and development of the Chinatown community. In 2001, Governor Gray Davis appointed Commissioner Chan to serve on the California Small Business Board, where he served until 2006.
Prior to his admission to the bar in 1981, Commissioner Chan was a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Alan Cranston in Washington, D.C., advising on the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, Postal Service reorganization, civil aviation deregulation, labor law reform legislation, federal procurement policies and practices, and product liability insurance reform. In 1984, he was the principal author of Asian Americans and the Presidency of the United States, the first nationally-circulated position paper on Asian American issues.
Prior to his service with the U.S. Senate, he worked for the San Francisco Human Rights Commission where he evaluated the effectiveness of the police community relations unit of the San Francisco Police Department and reported on the state of multicultural educational programs in the San Francisco Unified School District. A native San Franciscan, Commissioner Chan’s civic participation in numerous business and community organizations spans three decades. He received his J.D. degree from the King Hall School of Law at the University of California, Davis, and he holds a bachelor's degree from Stanford University.
F.X. Crowley, Commissioner
Appointed December 5, 2016 by Mayor Edwin Lee
Commissioner Francis X. (F.X.) Crowley is a labor relations consultant, helping labor unions and business collaborate on resolving differences. He spent 30 years with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 16 in San Francisco.
Commissioner Crowley began his career with IATSE as a stagehand in 1982 working in the San Francisco Opera, and broadening his field experience in motion pictures and performing arts. He joined IATSE Local 16’s management staff in 1990. Commissioner Crowley was elected IATSE Local 16 president in 1994 and rose to Business Manager in 1997, where he was elected to seven consecutive terms, distinguishing himself as a highly-skilled labor negotiator and mediator. In 2013, Commissioner Crowley started his eponymous firm, the FX Crowley Company, consulting to organized labor, business and nonprofit organizations.
Commissioner Crowley has served the City and County of San Francisco as Port Commissioner from 2010 to 2012 and as Public Utilities Commissioner from 2008 to 2010, where he also served as president from September 2009 through September 2010. He has served the San Francisco Labor Council Executive Committee since 1994 and is a charter member of the Friends of the San Francisco Film Commission. Commissioner Crowley has served three terms on the San Francisco Travel Board of Directors and is a member of the San Francisco-Cork Ireland Sister City Committee.
Commissioner Crowley received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio and Television from California State University, Long Beach in 1982. He and his wife Nancy are native San Franciscans and grateful parents to four adult children.
Jaqueline P. Minor, Commissioner
Appointed August 5, 2019 by Mayor London N. Breed
Jacqueline is an accomplished lawyer. She retired as General Counsel for the Oakland School District in 2017, after eight (8) years of providing high quality legal advice and representation to the school district, senior management and elected school board. She was instrumental in supporting the development of major policy initiatives such as, the Voluntary Resolution Plan to end disproportionate suspensions of African American male students; successful resolution of litigation resulting from District police officer involved shooting; extensive day to day operational support to Fiscal, Human Resources, Facilities departments and the capital bond program; negotiation of agreements with charter schools resulting in capital improvements to District owned schools; and representation of the District in litigation of statewide significance.
Previously, she served as the Deputy City Attorney with the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office and as the Deputy City Attorney assigned to the San Francisco Unified School District. She also advised the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission on complex energy and environmental matters, which included representing the City in regulatory cases before the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission. In addition, she represented the City in regulatory and civil litigation involving PG&E and advised the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force and the Human Rights Commission on municipal and policy issues.
Her professional experiences include Associate at Arnold & Porter Law Firm in Washington, DC and Assistant Vice President for business conduct standards (Ethics Officer), senior counsel and staff attorney for Pacific Bell Company in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, CA. She was selected to participate in Leadership America and to attend the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Program. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA and Georgetown University Law School. She is admitted to the bars in California, the District of Columbia and Virginia.
Jacqueline served as PTA President and sponsored a trip to Cuba for 25 San Francisco high school students. She and her family live in District 7. She is the proud grandmother of Riley who attends a Mandarin immersion preschool program in San Francisco.
"I am confident that Ms. Minor will serve our community well," said London N. Breed, Mayor, City and County of San Francisco.