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Commissioner's Bios

 Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission comprises 7 individuals appointed by the Mayor to 4-year renewable terms.  Commissioners meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month, except November and December, when meetings are on the 3rd Wednesday. See the Commission Meeting Schedule for details.



 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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Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez

Vice President

Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez serves as Vice President of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women. Kirshner-Rodriguez also serves as National Board Secretary of Emerge America and on the San Francisco Jewish Community Relations Council. Kirshner-Rodriguez’s experience spans more than 25 years in the public and private sector including national, state and local policy development and program implementation. From 2008-2012, Kirshner-Rodriguez served in senior positions with the City and County of San Francisco. In her position as Director of Government Affairs for Mayors’ Gavin Newsom and then Edwin Lee, she had direct responsibility for implementation of a comprehensive government relations program that advanced the mission and priorities of the City at the federal and state and local level. Kirshner-Rodriguez represented San Francisco on the Association of Bay Area Governments and also co-chaired the San Francisco Collaborative against Human Trafficking. Kirshner Rodriguez also managed External Affairs for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.Kirshner Rodriguez spent many years in senior positions in Washington DC. During the Clinton Administration, Kirshner-Rodriguez served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Relations at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, DC from 1997-2001 and before that held a similar position at the US Department of Labor.  She served as Director of the Women’s Council for the Senate Committee and Chief of Staff to the Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee. She served as a senior member of Senator Barbara Boxer’s first Senate campaign in 1992 and in 1997.  


 Shorter_Andrea.JPG 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.

 aliciaG Alicia Gamez


Alicia M. Gamez has been a resident of San Francisco since 1992.  She is an attorney who practices in the areas of Tax, Business Counseling and Estate Planning.   She has a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and is currently pursuing an LL.M. in Taxation at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.  In addition Alicia has a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a B.A. with High Honors from the University of Texas at Austin.  In addition to her work with the Commission, Alicia serves on the Board of the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association, serves on the Executive Committee for the Taxation Section for the Bar Association of San Francisco, and volunteers with the Legal Services for Entrepreneurs program of the Lawyers Committed for Civil Rights.  

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Mary Jung


Commissioner Mary Y. Jung was appointed to the Commission on the Status of Women (COSW) on July 24, 2013. This appointment brings Commissioner Jung's career in advocacy full circle on issues closest to her heart - the advancement and equitable treatment of women, girls, and people of color in society. Commissioner Jung started her social justice career in the 1970's organizing working women, eventually forming one of the first office workers unions in the country. She has continued her advocacy through her political involvement and community service. Prior to this appointment, Commissioner Jung served on the Civil Service Commission when she was appointed by then Mayor Gavin Newsom in January 2008. 

Currently, Commissioner Jung is the Director of Government and Community Relations for the San Francisco Association of REALTORS®, where she has taken the initiative in developing the first community outreach program in the organization’s history. Prior to this, she was a Principal in Pacific Gas and Electric Company's (PG&E) Customer Energy Efficiency Department for seven years, implementing a statewide government program that resulted in lower bills for customers across California and lower greenhouse gas emissions statewide. 

Commissioner Jung has served two Mayor's - under Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr., she was the Office and Personnel Manager in the Mayor's Office of Community Development and the Mayor's Office of Housing for four years, where she managed the department's operations and human resources functions. Later, she was appointed to Commission Secretary for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) where she served as a member of the SFPUC executive staff for over five years, acting as the liaison between the Commission and SFPUC Divisions, other city, regional and state agencies, and elected officials.

Commissioner Jung is currently the Chair of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee (San Francisco Democratic Party) and is an elected member representing the west side of San Francisco. She first won election in 2002 and also serves on the Executive Board of the California Democratic Party. She is active in Democratic voter registration, fundraising, candidate development, issue advocacy, and has extended the volunteer reach of the local party to purple areas of the State.

Since 1992, Commissioner Jung has served as a Board Member of the Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition (PAAWBAC). PAAWBAC represents the interests of Pacific and Asian American women and supports programs of relevance to Pacific Asian women in areas such as career advancement, relationships, educational equity, health care, business/economic development, and political empowerment. She is a strong believer in forming networks between concerned individuals, diverse community organizations, and community leaders to address issues affecting Asian and Pacific women and their communities.

Commissioner Jung is a recognized and respected leader, and is active in numerous non-profit activities. Through her dedication and tremendous work, she has become a mentor and role model deeply invested in the personal, professional and political development of young emerging leaders in our city.

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Amy Ackerman


Amy Ackerman has over 20 years of experience practicing law in the public and nonprofit sectors. Currently, she is in private practice focusing on municipal, public health, and children’s law and is a consulting attorney with the National Policy and Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity at ChangeLab Solutions (formerly Public Health Law and Policy), where she provides legal services and policy analysis to help communities promote healthy eating and active living. Previously, she spent 16 years as a deputy city attorney at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. As a deputy city attorney, she drafted legislation, served as general counsel to many City commissions and departments, including most City departments serving children and their families. She served as the legal counsel to the Commission on the Status of Women, for which she drafted San Francisco’s landmark CEDAW ordinance and authored the City Attorney’s investigative report on the murder of Claire Joyce Tempongko. Ms. Ackerman also served for five years as the inaugural Director of Training for the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, developing and supervising delivery of a comprehensive training program for all deputy city attorneys addressing both substantive areas of law and practice skills. Her most recent publications are Buy Healthy, Buy Local: An Analysis of Potential Legal Challenges to State and Local Government Local Purchase Preferences, published in The Municipal Lawyer Magazine and The Urban Lawyer (the National Journal on State and Local Government Law). She currently serves on the Department’s Gender Equality Council. Ms. Ackerman is a graduate of Brown University (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and Stanford University Law School.






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Last updated: 12/19/2013 11:33:09 AM