José Cisneros is the elected Treasurer of the City and County of San Francisco. As Treasurer, José serves as the City’s banker and chief investment officer, and manages tax and revenue collection for San Francisco. He’s a passionate believer that all San Franciscans are responsible for the City’s financial health, but that residents need to be financially empowered to make a difference. He led the effort to create the Office of Financial Empowerment. Learn more here.
Sean directs the OFE, working closely with San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros, the OFE Team and a broad group of thought partners to design new and expand existing financial innovations; and leverage this local work to demonstrate what’s possible nationally. He brings two decades’ experience researching, designing and managing programs, and building institutions across Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Balkans to deliver financial services, education and social protection programs. Sean earned his Master of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a concentration in Poverty and Social Policy.
Sarika leads research for OFE and directs its Economic Mobility Lab (mLab), charged with designing, testing and scaling innovations that strengthen economic security and mobility of low-income San Franciscans. As Assistant Director, she supports all OFE programs and works to strengthen and expand the integration of OFE’s work into City departments. Sarika brings expertise in financial inclusion, and program and product research, design and evaluation. Previously, she served as Director of Ideation at Commonwealth (formerly D2D Fund), Research Analyst at ideas42, and independent consultant. Sarika earned her Master of Arts in Public Administration from New York University and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Manager, Policy and Partnerships
Jacob leads OFE's consumer financial protection and student loan debt initiatives, as well as broader policy analysis and advocacy to help families build and protect wealth. Prior to joining the OFE, Jacob managed housing and economic development programs for the National Urban League. Jacob received his Master of Arts in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley and Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University.
Manager, Kindergarten to College
Carol Lei leads OFE’s Kindergarten to College (K2C), the largest, publicly funded children’s savings account program in the country. Prior to K2C, she served as Programs Director for Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco, helping thousands of families enroll in and engage with the public school system. She has also managed several special projects for the City and County of San Francisco, worked in the technology sector, and operated her own consultancy supporting management, team development, and diversity in the workplace.
Manager, Smart Money Coaching
Jessica leads Smart Money Coaching, OFE’s one-on-one financial coaching service. In addition to working closely with city agencies and non-profit partners to integrate Smart Money Coaching into social service delivery, workforce development and public housing, Jessica leads expansion of coaching as a free, public service to those living, working or receiving services in San Francisco. Previously, she worked for NerdWallet and the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, and as a policy fellow with OFE and the California Reinvestment Coalition. Jessica earned her Master of Arts in Public Affairs from the University of San Francisco and Bachelor of Arts in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Service Designer, Economic Mobility Lab
Financial Access and Innovation Specialist
Maya leads Bank On San Francisco and Bank On Youth San Francisco, working closely with city agencies and non-profit partners to integrate access to safe, affordable banking for youth and adults, particular in low-income communities and communities of color. Prior to joining OFE, Maya helped launch and expand over 50 community youth initiatives focused on health, wellness and financial access with the national nonprofit organization MyPath. Maya earned her Master of Arts in Public Policy from Mills College.
Community Engagement Manager, Kindergarten to College
Bashir leads community outreach and engagement for Kindergarten to College (K2C). Prior to OFE, he served as a School Safety Specialist with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) Crossing Guard Program, handling all traffic related issues around schools throughout the city. Prior to that, he served as a public safety supervisor and training instructor in the private sector. Bashir earned his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from San Francisco State University.
Customer Service Coordinator, Kindergarten to College
Donna provides customer service and account management for Kindergarten to College (K2C). Prior to joining OFE, Donna served as an administrative assistant in San Francisco's public school system.
School Ambassadors Coordinator, Kindergarten to College
Crysta develops and expands Kindergarten to College’s (K2C) School Ambassador Program, helping schools increase students’ participation in K2C by supporting staff leadership in K2C events and activities. Prior to OFE, she promoted community-driven development projects with a variety of for-profit and nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area and internationally. Crysta earned her Master of Science in Development Practice from the University of California, Berkeley, and Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.