Commissioner Biographies

Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission comprises 7 individuals appointed by the Mayor to 4-year renewable terms.  Commissioners meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month, except November and December, when meetings are on a different day. See the Commission Meeting Schedule for details. Currently there is one seat vacant.

Commissioner Breanna Zwart

Breanna Zwart

President

Breanna Zwart is a lifelong advocate for women and girls, acting as a champion for policy change in the areas of education and community and economic development. She serves as an Associate Principal at YouTube Social Impact, where she develops partnerships with NGOs, and supports human rights defenders and influencers around the world to amplify their social impact through digital storytelling.

Ms. Zwart began her career at Google on the Global Public Policy team and previously worked on Google’s Next Billion Users initiative, brokering deals to build high-speed internet infrastructure in emerging markets.

Prior to joining the tech sector, Ms. Zwart was a Presidential appointee during the Obama administration at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she managed the gender and multilateral financial institutions portfolios and advised Secretaries Geithner and Lew on related policy issues.

Ms. Zwart has served on the board of the Elementary Institute of Science, the San Diego New Leaders Council, and is a past member of Hermanitas, HerStory, and former co-director of Strong Women, Strong Girls.

Ms. Zwart holds a Master’s of Science degree in Public Policy and Management, and a Bachelor’s in Arts and Humanities, International Relations and Drama with a Minor in Hispanic Studies, both from Carnegie Mellon University.

 Dr. Shokooh Miry, Commissioner

Shokooh Miry

Vice President

Dr. Shokooh Miry is a psychologist in practice in San Francisco.

Dr. Miry attended UC Berkeley and Stanford University. She was honored to complete her training at the Stanford Hospital Department of Psychiatry. In 2008, she completed a fellowship in medical psychology at Duke University Medical Center. In 2010, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford Hospital. While in graduate school, she worked at Planned Parenthood with pregnant and at-risk teen girls and completed additional training in trauma treatment at the VA National Center for PTSD. Dr. Miry specializes in evidence-based treatment, and has extensive research and clinical experience working with mood, anxiety, trauma, and eating disturbances as well as women’s mental health.

In addition to serving on the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women, Dr. Miry has served on the board of directors of several high-impact, non-profit organizations. She is past Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Iranian American Council, the largest grassroots organization in her community focused on issues of discrimination and the advancement of peace. She served as President of the Board of Directors of Lone Mountain Children’s Center. She continues to serve on the Board of NIAC Action, an organization dedicated to helping Americans of Iranian descent build political power utilizing grassroots advocacy and engaging lawmakers and political candidates.

Dr. Miry is a proud immigrant who moved from Iran to San Francisco at the age of one with her parents.

Commissioner Sophia Andary

Sophia Andary
Commissioner

Sophia Andary is a first-generation Lebanese-American activist, organizer, and analyst. Her experience living through the civil war in Lebanon during early childhood shaped her worldview and passion for bridging the divide among diverse perspectives. She is one of the founding members of Women’s March San Francisco and was unanimously voted to chair the organization following its inaugural launch and has remained co-chair since then. Through leading by example, she has helped build one of the strongest and most diverse Women’s March chapters in the country, building alliance with and earning respect from various San Francisco communities through local partnerships, programming, events and actions.

Sophia is a past board member of the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club. She has received an Achievement Award from the San Francisco Women’s Political Committee, Certificate of Honor from the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco, the Community Public Service Award from Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, and a certificate of honor from Mayor London Breed in recognition of her (and Women’s March San Francisco) efforts to register women to vote and make San Francisco a more equitable place. 

Her B.A. in International Business and French has served her in the corporate world. Through her community work and career path, Sophia helps bring the voices of marginalized, queer, and women of color to the front. 

Commissioner Raveena Rihal MD

Raveena Rihal MD

Commissioner

Raveena is a Sikh American woman who has called San Francisco home since 2009. She is a physician trained in internal medicine, who has previously worked in hospital medicine and telemedicine. After Trump's victory in 2016, she co-founded Post March Salon, a women's social-political activism group that has met monthly since the 2017 women's march in an effort to sustain activism, educate, and engage in service. The organization has since grown nationally.  She also holds a leadership position at her children's school, running and executing an initiative to engage the community around homelessness and poverty in San Francisco, in an effort to educate, build empathy, and take action. She has organized successful fundraisers and voter registration drives as well, helping flip CA-10 blue in 2018. She is mother to two humans, aged 4 and 8, who keep her running, playing, and wrestling. She loves to cook, host, and create community.

 

Vacant

 
President Andrea Shorter

Andrea Shorter

Commissioner

Andrea Shorter has served on the Commission on the Status of Women since 2001. A longtime advocate in the women's community, she has served as President of the San Francisco chapter of the National Organization for Women, Founding Board Member of the International Museum of Women, and Board President for both La Casa De Las Madres, and Standing Against Global Exploitation. The former Deputy Director of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, Andrea is the co-author of a groundbreaking report on the status of girls in San Francisco's juvenile justice system that is still widely referenced as a catalyst for reform.

Commissioner Julie Soo

Julie D. Soo

Commissioner

Julie D. Soo is a senior staff counsel with the California Department of Insurance. She has volunteered in a variety of community causes, including hate crimes projects, civil rights education, campaign work, and community health advocacy. She is well-recognized as a former staff writer with AsianWeek, where she continues to be a features contributor. Julie is a fourth-generation San Franciscan on her mother’s side of the family and a graduate of Lowell High School. In addition to serving on the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women, she is a member of the Board of Trustees for Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and is active with the California Democratic Party Executive Board as a co-chair of the Platform Committee, now entering her sixth term as a delegate. She holds an A.B. with a double major in Pure Mathematics and Statistics from U.C. Berkeley, an M.A. in Applied Mathematics from U.C. San Diego, and a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law.

     

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