Mission Statement

Housing, crime, homelessness, transportation and clean streets are critical issues facing our city. SF Moderates supports common sense solutions to these issues that embrace San Francisco values. Our housing shortage threatens the existence of middle-income families, and we support policies that make it easier to build market rate and affordable housing at all price points. SF Moderates supports funding to house and care for the homeless, but we also believe that City Hall should not tolerate street behavior that puts the health and safety of residents at risk. When it comes to education and schools, SF Moderates led citywide efforts to make neighborhood schools a priority. On transportation issues, we have been a consistent supporter of funding for public transit. We celebrate art and culture, value compassion, seek sustainability and practice social justice. SF Moderates supports a city government that is efficiently managed, responsive to quality of life issues and above all follows common sense.

SF Moderates is a non-partisan, volunteer, grassroots organization.


Board of Directors

Mike Sullivan, co-founder and chair
Mike Sullivan is a co-founder of SF Moderates, and joined the board of the group at its inception in 2001 when it was known as Plan C San Francisco. Mike is a past member of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission, and currently serves on the San Francisco Commission on the Environment and the San Francisco Urban Forestry Council. He is the author of Trees of San Francisco and is past president of the board of Friends of the Urban Forest. Mike lives in Cole Valley with his husband Paul and son Joseph.

Joel Engardio
Joel Engardio is vice president of Stop Crime SF. He serves on the boards of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club and the United Democratic Club. Joel also served on the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee and the board of the Golden Gate Heights Neighborhood Association. Joel came to San Francisco more than 20 years ago from the Midwest. He lives near Stonestown Mall with his husband Lionel Hsu. Joel works for a PR firm that specializes in tech start-ups. By hobby, he is a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner. Joel has won multiple journalism awards in outlets like USA Today, PBS and the Examiner. Joel earned a Masters in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government on full tuition scholarship. In 2016, Joel won the endorsements of the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner when he ran for city supervisor in District 7 on San Francisco’s westside. He finished a strong second place, with a platform to build more housing and transportation infrastructure for San Francisco’s future.

J.C. Wallace
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 in 2014. JC is a founding principal of Oryx Partners and is also on the board of City Youth Now, an organization serving San Francisco youth in the foster and juvenile justice system. JC holds a BA degree in Economics from the U.C. Berkeley, and an MBA degree from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. JC is a native of Mexico City and has lived in San Francisco since 1995. He raised twin sons in the Lakeshore neighborhood with his husband of nearly 20 years.

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.