Commissioner Biographies

Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission comprises 7 individuals appointed by the Mayor to 4-year renewable terms.  Currently one seat is vacant. 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.

Vice President Deborah Mesloh

Debbie Mesloh


Debbie Mesloh has served as a lifelong advocate of advancing women both in electoral politics and in the workplace. Debbie currently serves as a communications consultant, assisting clients with communications strategy, crisis communications and message refinement.

Debbie was appointed to the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women in 2015, and she currently serves as President. Debbie also serves as co-chair to the 2018 Bay Area Women’s Summit, convened by the Mayors of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. Debbie is a founding member of the Emerge America program, which seeks to recruit and train qualified women to run for office and is former President of the San Francisco Women’s Political Committee.

Debbie most recently served as transition co-chair for Senator-elect Kamala Harris (D-California). Debbie previously worked in the Obama Administration as a White House Political Appointee to the Office of the United States Trade Representative. She served as a spokesperson in the 2008 Obama for President and 2012 Obama for re-election campaigns.

Debbie’s private sector experience includes five years as Vice President of Global Government and Public Affairs for Gap Inc. where she ran communications for the company’s corporate social responsibility work as well as the strategy for Gap Inc.’s international, national, state and local government affairs.

Debbie holds Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Kansas and remains a committed Jayhawk fan.

Commissioner Breanna Zwart

Breanna Zwart

Vice President

Breanna Zwart’s experience has spanned the local and global levels, across numerous areas, including technology, multilateral international development, gender equity, and internet connectivity. She currently works to amplify social impact on YouTube. Her portfolio includes partnership development, marketing, and business strategy execution.

Prior to joining YouTube, Ms. Zwart was a Presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of the Treasury where she assisted two Secretaries in all aspects of their administration and led initiatives promoting gender equality in international economic development.

Ms. Zwart has been a lifelong advocate for women and girls through mentoring, education, and economic empowerment. She currently serves as a Mayoral appointee on the City and County of San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women.

Ms. Zwart holds a Masters of Science in Public Policy and Management, and a Bachelors of Arts and Humanities in International Relations and Drama with a Minor in Hispanic Studies, both from Carnegie Mellon University.

 Dr. Shokooh Miry, Commissioner

Shokooh Miry


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 serves on the board of directors of several high-impact, non-profit organizations. She is Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Iranian American Council, the largest grassroots organization focused on issues of discrimination and the advancement of peace. She serves as President of the Board of Directors of Lone Mountain Children’s Center.

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

Commissioner Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz


Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz is Board Chair and President of Charles Schwab Foundation and Senior Vice President at Charles Schwab & Co, Inc., where she oversees Schwab’s corporate philanthropy and employee volunteer programs. As director and board chair of Schwab Charitable, she oversees one of the country’s largest donor-advised funds. She also serves on the national board of governors of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. 

A leading advocate for financial literacy, she has devoted her career to helping women and men from all walks of life achieve financial security.

Under her leadership, Charles Schwab Foundation has made important strides in promoting financial literacy. With Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Schwab-Pomerantz created a best-in-class financial education program that has been completed by nearly 800,000 teens nationwide. With AARP, she led the development of AARP Foundation Finances 50+SM, an effort to improve financial outcomes for low- and moderate-income seniors.

She has served two White House administrations advising on financial capability policy. 

She is the author of two books and she also writes a nationally syndicated personal finance column called Ask Carrie.

Schwab-Pomerantz earned a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from George Washington University. She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant.

President Andrea Shorter

Andrea Shorter


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


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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