CEDAW Award for Health
San Francisco Department Public Health
As Director of Health for the City & County of San Francisco, Barbara Garcia oversees comprehensive health services throughout the City including two hospitals, San Francisco General Hospital and Laguna Honda Hospital, 9 primary care health centers, and several Wellness Centers located in public high schools. Through Barbara’s leadership, the Health Department implemented innovative programs to reduce homelessness and violence, including a medically supervised sobering center and intensive case management program for public inebriates, citywide homeless outreach teams, violence response teams, and supportive housing.
In 1999, she was appointed as Deputy Director to oversee the department’s community programs, composed of 2,000 employees and 150 community-based organizations delivery primary care, behavioral health, maternal and child health, prevention and health promotion, housing and urban health, indigent health, adolescent health, and women’s health services. She previously served as Associate Administrator of AIDS at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Early in her career, Barbara served as the Executive Director of Salud Para La Gente Health Center in Watsonville, a rural health facility that served farm worker families. She successfully secured federal funds to open satellite clinics and build capacity for the clinic that now serves over 10,000 families annually. In 1993, Barbara was named one of ten individuals selected as inaugural Community Health Leaders by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a program to recognize “unsung and inspiring individuals who work...among the most disenfranchised populations..to address...intractable health care problems.”
A native of Southern California who has been working since age 14, Barbara was the first in her family to receive a college degree, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Community Studies/Education Credentialing Program from the UC Santa Cruz. She also holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco and an honorary PhD in 2008 from the California Institute of Integral Studies for her innovative work in advancing community mental health.
Claire Joyce Tempongko Memorial Award
Journalist and Social Entrepreneur
The Claire Joyce Tempongko Memorial Award is presented to a community leader who has contributed significantly towards keeping women safe from domestic violence, and is named in memory of Claire Joyce Tempongko who, in 2000, was brutally murdered in front of her two children by her ex-boyfriend, but whose case has served as the impetus for fundamental reform of San Francisco’s response to domestic violence.
For over a decade and until last year, Dorka Keehn served on the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women and chaired the Justice & Courage Oversight Panel, a subcommittee focused domestic violence policy reforms in the wake of the Tempongko murder. Through her leadership, the Commission launched an investigation into the murder and the Oversight Panel was established to oversee hundreds of recommendations arising from the investigation. For example, language access to ensure that limited English proficiency victims are able to communicate with first responders has been a priority for the Panel. Through the work of Panel members together with community advocates, police officers responding to domestic violence incidents now have access to interpreters who cover over 170 languages via cell phones.
Currently a Commissioner on the San Francisco Arts Commission, Dorka is also an award-winning conceptual artist and social entrepreneur exploring the power of the individual to effect change, with a focus on supporting women’s leadership. As the Chief Muse of KEEHN ON ART, she works in diverse media including radio, film, and sculpture. She was Co-Producer of the Emmy award-winning documentary “Of Civil Rights and Wrongs: The Fred Korematsu Story,” now distributed by PBS, which tells the story of a Bay Area man who challenged the Japanese American incarceration during World War II. Her recent projects include ECO AMAZONS: 20 Women Who Are Transforming the World, the first illustrated book on American women environmentalists and Language of the Birds, the first solar-powered public sculpture, located in San Francisco, which was voted one of the best public artworks in the US by Americans for the Arts.
A leader in the women’s movement, she is a founder of EMERGE AMERICA, the premier training program for Democratic women who plan to run for political office, and a founding board member of IGNITE, which provides political and civic education for high school and college women.
CEDAW Award for Anti-Violence
Partners Ending Domestic Abuse
Currently a member of the Justice and Courage Oversight Panel, a sub-committee of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women, JaMel Perkins co-founded Partners Ending Domestic Abuse in San Francisco which supported the Domestic Violence Consortium since its inception nearly 20 years ago. Dedicated to eliminating domestic violence and ensuring the basic rights of safety, self-determination, and well-being to victims and survivors of domestic violence and their children, the DVC is composed of 17 agencies that provide high quality, coordinated and comprehensive services to San Francisco’s victims of domestic abuse.
JaMel began work in this field when, having moved to the Bay Area from Chicago in 1986, she started volunteering as a legal advocate for the Battered Women’s Alternative in Concord and eventually became President of the Board of Directors during which time she chaired a successful capital campaign to provide transitional housing to domestic violence victims and their families. Early in her career as a community advocate, JaMel was the Founder and President of Service for the Handicapped through Advocacy, Research and Endowment in Chicago. Also passionate about the transformative power of public education, JaMel served as President of the San Francisco Education Fund that is committed to innovative approaches to improving student success and building a shared sense of responsibility to strengthen San Francisco’s public schools. Currently her focus is on implementing an anti-violence curriculum in the public schools. JaMel has also served on the leadership boards for NARAL, the Arthritis Foundation, the Greenbelt Alliance, and the UCSF Wellness Council.
She has been married for 44 years to her high school sweetheart Tom Perkins, and her tireless efforts to do good has been handed down to her son who also lives in San Francisco with his two children. A former public school teacher in San Francisco, Alec serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Tipping Point, a philanthropic community that, in a highly creative and strategic effort to “make poverty preventable in the San Francisco Bay Area,” has raised more than $38 million to educate, employ, house and support nearly 150,000 Bay Area people in need.
CEDAW Award for Culture
Arts and Cultural Education Advocate
A tireless advocate for human and cultural rights, attorney Karen Kai shares her Japanese American heritage through a variety of means. As one of just a few women on the legal team for the Fred Korematsu coram nobis case which is now read by law students throughout the country, she worked tirelessly in the successful effort to vacate the wartime conviction of Fred Korematsu who refused to comply with military orders incarcerating 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II without due process.
Recognizing that San Francisco Japantown is just one of only three remaining in the country, Karen led the development of San Francisco Japantown’s self-guided History Walk and has actively engaged in efforts to protect and promote important cultural sites in Japantown, including iconic sculptor Ruth Asawa’s Origami Fountains on Buchanan Mall and the Julia Morgan-designed Japanese YWCA Building, established by the first generation of Japanese immigrant women. Reflecting her commitment to advancing Japanese language and cultural education among children, Karen served for many years on the Board of Directors of Nihonmachi Little Friends, a community-based Japanese bilingual and multicultural childcare center, and she is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the 40-year old Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program, now at Rosa Parks Elementary School in the Western Addition, that was founded by community leaders to provide Japanese language and cultural instruction within the San Francisco public school system.
Karen has organized numerous projects linking diverse communities, including “My Name is Jazz” a residency program bringing jazz musicians and poets to Rosa Parks School and the World Tree of Hope, an annual public art project created by the Rainbow World Fund, an LGBT international aid organization, that displays thousands of origami cranes inscribed with wishes of hope on the City Hall holiday tree. She resides in San Francisco with her husband of many years Bob Rusky, and together they have a grown son who is also active in the Japanese American community.
CEDAW Award for Technology
Vice President, Local, Maps, and Localization
In the heavily male-dominated world of high technology, Marissa Mayer has shaped the success of one of the best known technology companies, Google. As Vice President of Local, Maps, and Location Services at Google, Marissa Mayer oversees product management, engineering, design and strategy for the company’s suite of local and geographical products, including Google Maps, Google Earth, Zagat, Street View, and local search. During her 12 year tenure at Google, Marissa has held numerous positions, including engineer, designer, product manager, and executive, and has launched over 100 well-known features and products. Prior to her current role, she played an instrumental role in Google search, leading the product management efforts for more than 10 years, a period during which Google Search grew to well over a billion searches per day. Marissa led the development of some of Google’s most successful services including image, book and product search, toolbar, and iGoogle, and defined such pivotal products as Google News and Gmail. Joining as the company’s first female engineer in 1999, Marissa has played an important role in developing Google’s culture. Her contributions have included overseeing the look-and-feel of the company’s iconic homepage and founding the Associate Product Manager program, which has hired over 300 of the company’s future leaders, both women and men.
Prior to joining Google, Marissa worked at the UBS Research Lab in Switzerland and at SRI International in Menlo Park. She graduated with honors from Stanford University with a BS in Symbolic Systems and a MS in Computer Science. While at Stanford, she taught computer programming to over 3000 students and received the Centennial Teaching and Forsythe Awards for her contributions to undergraduate education.
For 4 years running, Fortune magazine has named her one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business, including when, at age 33, she was the youngest woman ever included on the list. Marissa serves on the boards of various non-profits, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Ballet, the Smithsonian National Design Museum and the New York City Ballet.
CEDAW Award for Leadership
Pamela Hemann, CAE, is Executive Director of the Foundation for Leadership California, a statewide organization focused on advancing women in leadership roles in business, government and communities across the state. With the vision of “Moving Women from Success to Significance,” the organization’s signature initiative is the California Issues and Trends Program that recruits a class of accomplished women leaders from across the state and sectors to engage them on the cutting-edge trends facing California, the nation, and the world. As Executive Director, Pamela has inspired thousands of women leaders to exercise their leadership at work and in the community. Alumnae of the program include Elmy Bermejo, former California Commissioner on the Status of Women who is now serving in the Obama Administration as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs in the Department of Labor and Adrienne Pon, Director of the San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs, who received a CEDAW Women’s Human Rights Award last year.
Prior to Leadership California, Pamela held positions with trade associations and professional societies in Washington, DC. She is active in her professional organization, the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), based in Washington, DC and the allied California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE). She earned her Certified Association Executive designation in 1989 and was inducted as a Fellow in the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) in 1996. She is a past national chairman of the ASAE and was a member of the ASAE’s “7 Measures of Success” Task Force, a group of 14 individuals responsible for research, analysis and writing of “7 Measures of Success: What Remarkable Associations Do That Others Don’t.” The research project was mentored by “Good to Great” author Jim Collins. She has since been a critical reader of two of his books on organizational leadership.
In her community, she is a past president of the Pasadena Center Operation Co. and served on the board of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the California Institute of Technology. She holds degrees from the University of Denver and the University of Nebraska.