SF Moderates Board of Directors
SF Moderates is a non-partisan, grass-roots organization, with an all-volunteer board of directors.
Current board members:
Steve Adams, Vice Chair
Steve Adams joined the SF Moderates board in 2007 and has been actively involved in making San Francisco a better place through his work with a number of volunteer and philanthropic groups. Steve is an advocate for middle income home ownership and is dedicated to supporting and helping local small businesses grow. Steve serves as president of San Francisco’s Small Business Commission. He has also served on the board of directors of the Merchants of Upper Market since 2007. He is the former Vice Chair of a Project Open Hand. Originally from Michigan, Steve has made San Francisco home for more than 25 years.
Kat Anderson joined the SF Moderates board in 2011 and has been a strong advocate for enhancing the quality of life in San Francisco. Kat was elected to the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee in 2012. She ran for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for District 2 in 2010. Kat is a labor and employment attorney for the Pacific Media Workers Guild, TNG-CWA Local 39521. Kat has an undergraduate degree in political science from Stanford University and a law degree from University of California Hastings College of the Law. She worked in private practice for most of her legal career. Kat volunteers on several boards including the board auxiliary of City College of San Francisco. She lives in the Marina neighborhood with her husband and two teenage kids.
Joel Engardio is the city columnist for the San Francisco Examiner. He is an award-winning journalist in print and documentary film (www.engardio.com). Joel also leads the communication efforts for the national non-profit Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, dedicated to ending LGBT discrimination in the nearly 30 states where employees can still be fired based on sexual orientation or identity. Previously, Joel worked on social justice issues for the American Civil Liberties Union ranging from immigration to same-sex marriage. Joel joined the SF Moderates board in 2013 with the goal to organize socially liberal San Franciscans who are fiscally responsible, embrace innovation and crave a city run on common sense. Joel holds a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He ran for District 7 supervisor in 2012, winning the San Francisco Chronicle’s sole endorsement. Joel lives on the Westside with his partner Lionel. They have run three marathons together and completed the 545-mile AIDS Lifecycle charity bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
Brian Hecktman, Secretary and Treasurer
Brian Hecktman has been actively involved in the San Francisco community for the last 16 years. Brian served on the board of Hands on San Francisco and was a community outreach leader for Project Homeless Connect. He was drawn to SF Moderates to focus on providing a voice for the moderate community on the liveability issues in San Francisco such as housing, parks and schools. Brian is the founder of Graymark Capital, a San Francisco-based commercial real estate investment firm, has a B.S. degree in accountance and finance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. Brian and his wife are enjoying raising their 18-month old son in The City.
Lee Hsu joined the SF Moderates board in 2013. He was a candidate for the San Francisco School Board in 2014 (www.leehsu.com). His first full-time job was as a judicial clerk for a federal appellate judge. He has worked in law, finance, investment management, and technology. Lee is President of the Greater West Portal Neighborhood Association, where he leads teams working on playground improvements, commercial district revitalization, traffic safety issues and new outreach to local schools. He has two sons in public elementary school, where he is a volunteer coach for SF Little League. Lee is the proud product of public schools in Texas. He received his A.B. in Quantitative Economics from Stanford University and his J.D. from Yale Law School.
Amanda Jones Reilly is actively involved in making San Francisco a better place to live through her involvement in volunteer and philanthropic groups and as a realtor with Sotheby’s International Realty. Amanda joined the SF Moderates board in 2012. She is passionate about creating homeownership opportunities at all price points, keeping families in the city and elevating the quality of life in San Francisco. Amanda serves on the board of several committees at the San Francisco Board of Realtors, EARN, The San Francisco Woman’s Group and Home for a Home. Amanda graduated from Colgate University and worked in corporate marketing and business development for companies such as CBS, Westinghouse and San Francisco Magazine for 10 years prior to her real estate career. Amanda currently resides in Lower Pacific Heights with her husband and two dogs. She is now celebrating 20 years in San Francisco and does not regret buying that one-way ticket from New Jersey one bit!
Audrey Lee joined the SF Moderates board in 2013. Audrey embraces progressive ideals through pragmatic and moderate implementation. In 2011, Audrey was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to advise the President of the California Public Utilities Commission on energy policy. Previous to that she was a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy and the International Energy Agency in Paris. She holds a B.S. in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University. She has a daughter at San Francisco Public Montessori and a son just learning to speak.
Lewis Lem joined the Board of the SFModerates in 2014. He grew up in San Francisco and attended public schools before attending college and graduate school at Harvard, Columbia, and UCLA. He returned to San Francisco in 2001 and has lived in the Richmond District, the Sunset District, and the Glen Park neighborhood. Lewis has previously served on the Board of Directors of City Carshare and for the Glen Park Association. Lewis works as a consultant on public policy issues, including transportation, economics, energy, and climate change. He has contributed to and facilitated the development of strategic plans for transportation energy and climate change for more than 15 states and regions around the United States. He has also served on expert advisory panels for the National Academies Transportation Research Board, and has worked for the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Ashley Lyon, Chair
Ashley Lyon joined the SF Moderates board in 2009 and currently serves as its Chair. He believes the creation of middle income homeownership opportunities is essential to elevating to the quality of life in San Francisco and is vital to keeping families from leaving the city. Ashley embraces SF Moderate’s mission to bring together individuals and organizations who have a concern about our city, and to promote common sense solutions, legislation and fiscal responsibility at City Hall. In addition to his volunteer work with SF Moderates, Ashley is a steering committee member of the Buena Vista Neighborhood Association. A Bay Area native, Ashley has lived in District 5 with his wife Jennifer and dog for the past 12 years and is proud father of a newborn son. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara.
Mike Sullivan was a cofounder of SF Moderates, and joined the first board of the group at its inception in 2001. Mike was a member of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission from 2007-2010, and a member of the San Francisco Urban Forestry Council from 2004-2007.He is the author of Trees of San Francisco, which came out in a 2nd Edition in 2013, and is past President of the Board of, and current volunteer with, Friends of the Urban Forest. Mike lives in Cole Valley with his husband Paul and son Joseph, and is a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, with a legal practice that specializes in venture capital and startup companies.
Juan Carlos (“JC”) Wallace is committed to engaging with organizations that make a difference in the communities they serve by embracing public-private partnerships and moderate, common-sense approaches to community improvement. JC joined the SF Moderates board on 2014. He previously served as a founding member and President of the Board of the Downtown Oakland Association (a Community Benefit District investing over $2 million annually in Downtown Oakland) from 2008-2013 and was drawn to SF Moderates given its approach to improving San Francisco, a city he has lived in since 1995 and where he is raising his twin 12-year old sons with his husband of 15-years. JC is a founding principal of Oryx Partners, a San Francisco based real estate development and investment advisory company, and previously held positions with SKS Partners and Wells Fargo’s real estate group. JC holds a BA degree in Economics from the U.C. Berkeley, and an MBA degree with a Real Estate Certificate from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. JC is a native of Mexico City.
SF Moderates is a political action committee. PAC #1245538. We also have a slate mailer organization that provides election recommendations to interested voters in San Francisco, FPPC #1260178.