About

Our Mission

Livable City works to create a San Francisco of great streets and complete neighborhoods, where walking, bicycling, and transit are the best choices for most trips, where public spaces are beautiful, well-designed, and well-maintained, and where housing is more plentiful and more affordable.

How we work

Livable City engages San Francisco in three ways – as the City’s livability advocate, as the City’s Open Streets provider, and as a people’s planner.

Livability Advocate. We advocate for policy changes, programs, and projects which make San Francisco more sustainable, livable, and equitable. Over the past decade, Livable City has become one of the City’s most effective advocates. We champion complete streets, a citywide greenway networkparking reform, improved transit, more affordable housing (including legalizing accessory dwelling units), keeping arts and artists in San Francisco, and keeping neighborhood commercial districts vital, diverse, and walkable.

Open Streets Provider. Livable City organizes and manages Sunday Streets, San Francisco’s open streets program, providing 15 yearly miles of car-free open space on City streets across seven neighborhoods. Sunday Streets serves over 100,000 people yearly with free activities, resources and recreation and is produced in partnership with City agencies and neighborhood and nonprofit partners.

People’s Planner. We work directly with residents and small businesses to make San Francisco neighborhoods more livable, including helping enact planning and zoning changes responsive to neighborhood needs, helping plan and secure funding for street and open space improvements, preserving housing and local landmarks, and helping neighborhood-serving small businesses and community services thrive.

Our Values

Our campaigns and our programs are informed by our values.

Sustainability and Resiliency. A livable city respects the living planet, and is in harmony with the natural systems that sustain all life. It uses earth’s resources wisely, and meets current needs without compromising the well-being of future generations. It fosters biodiversity – the local communities of animals and plants unique to its place. It embraces a ‘cradle to cradle’ ethos, minimizing pollution and waste.

Health and Happiness. A livable city promotes the health and happiness of its residents, providing opportunities for quality health care, active living, healthy eating, human connection, and the experience of beauty. A livable city promotes health in all its policies.

Equity. A livable city provides equitable access to the necessities of life, including housing, mobility, food, services, education, and meaningful work. It gives all residents an opportunity particpate in the civic, economic, and cultural life of the city. It doesn’t impose undue environmental or health burdens on individuals or communities.

Democracy and Community. A livable city provides all residents the right to participate in decisions which affect them. It allows decision-making and planning for community needs at various scales – the individual, the household. the block, the neighborhood, the city, and the region. It’s policies, laws, standards, and practices are clear, transparent, and user-friendly.

Staff

Tom Radulovich, Executive Director

Tom joined Transportation for a Livable City as executive director in June 2004. He has been an urban environmental activist since attending college at UC Berkeley, advocating for urban environmental restoration, better public transport, and the greening and revitalization of public streetscapes and open spaces. He played an important role in voter initiatives to create the Octavia Boulevard and to create a “Grand Central Station” at San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal that connects regional and intercity rail and bus lines.

He served as an elected director of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District from 1996 to 2016, where he has advocated for reinvestment and renovation of the BART system, and improving BART practices in the areas of sustainability, accessibility, customer service, architecture and urban design, and the creation of transit villages at BART stations.

Katy Birnbaum, Associate Director

Katy joined the Sunday Streets team 2015 and has taken her love of community organizing to the heart of the Sunday Streets program.  Katy leads the effort to ensure Sunday Streets is a true community resource for all participants whether they be neighborhood residents, local merchants, community organizations, city agencies or non-profits. Since graduating SFSU in 2010, Katy has used her communications skills to increase the reach and impact of various political and community groups in the Bay Area.

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Board of Directors

Marc Babsin

Marc Babsin is the Director of Real Estate Development at Emerald Fund, Inc., one of the premier mixed-use, residential developers in San Francisco. Marc has been with Emerald for over 6 years. Marc is a licensed attorney, a CPA, and a city planner. Marc holds a BS in Accountancy from the University of Illinois, a JD from Harvard Law School, and a Master in City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. Marc is also an accomplished photographer with a love for things urban. Marc’s work can be seen at www.marcbabsin.com. Marc joined the Livable City board in January 2004.

Justin Bigelow, President

Justin Bigelow is an attorney in Oakland at Goldfarb & Lipman LLP, where he represents a variety of local governments, affordable housing developers, and other nonprofit clients throughout California.  He assists clients with a range of issues relating to real estate transactions and compliance with planning and environmental laws.  He has experience in affordable housing, landlord-tenant, municipal law, tax-exempt entity law, property management, entity formation, and employment law.  Justin is originally from Minnesota where he earned a bachelor’s degree at Macalester College.  He earned a Juris Doctor from U.C. Hastings (cum laude) and a Masters in City Planning from U.C. Berkeley.

Anne Brask, Treasurer

Anne is an experienced urban designer and planner who believes in work that makes cities safer and more sustainable through thoughtful design. As an Urban Planner at JUMP, she focuses on how bike & scooter infrastructure impacts our public spaces, and how JUMP can be more intentional in its siting and urban design practices. Prior to working at JUMP, Anne was an Urban Planner at the San Francisco Planning Department. She holds a Bachelors of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, and grew up in Portland, Oregon. Anne bikes around the city and draws her neighbors houses in her spare time.

José Campos 

José is a Project Manager with San Francisco’s Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure.

Fay Darmawi

Fay Darmawi is a film festival producer, community development banker, and urban planner interested using all forms of media to create lasting social change. She is the Founder and Executive Producer of the SF Urban Film Fest, a film festival focused on civic engagement inspired by great storytelling. Her 20-years of experience as a leader in affordable housing finance, including managing the low income housing tax credit platform for Silicon Valley Bank, as well as 5-years of screenwriting training, informs her media-related work.

Bert Hill

Bert is a bicycle advocate specializing in transportation and secure storage. He is currently developing a Bay Area intermodal bicycle sharing program, and teaches safety courses as a League of American Bicyclists certified instructor. Bert also serves as Chair of the San Francisco Bicycle Advisory Committee. Formerly, he worked in engineering and construction project management. He is a graduate of the University of Washington, where he studied Urban Development.

Steve Guilliams

Steve Guilliams is an engineer at iRhythm, a San Francisco cardiac health company making diagnosis easier for patients.  As a Bay Area-born planning nerd, he’s always been frustrated that the best places to live are often so far from the best places to work in his field, and is thrilled to be biking rain or shine between home, play, and work in San Francisco, putting health, planning, and transit policy together.  Prior to Livable City, notable volunteer work included founding and running a food relief program during the 2017 north bay wildfires, connecting large corporate kitchens with local distribution in impacted areas, serving 100,000 perishable healthy meals over 4 months, focusing on undocumented and housing-insecure populations.

Melyssa Mendoza

Melyssa is a bicycle advocate, and a resident of San Francisco since 2004. As a law student in San Francisco, she realized bicycles not only move people around cites, but they also help save the planet, provide exercise, create communities, and assist with mental health. She was a board member of Lyon-Martin Health Services starting in 2011, then upon merger, of HealthRight 360 until early 2020.  Currently, she is the Secretary of the San Francisco bicycle advisory committee, and was a founding member of San Francisco Bike Party. She sees her work with Livable City as an extension of her prior work with community health centers.

Sasha Magee, Secretary

Sasha Magee works for the City and County of San Francisco to help the city serve its residents better online. A long-time activist, Sasha came to Livable City through causes like rent control, affordable housing, workers’ rights and environmental justice. When not working for San Francisco Government or Livable City, Sasha is usually reading, riding his bike, building trails or making pizzas in his backyard oven.

Michael T. Nguyen, Vice-President

Michael T. Nguyen is a patent attorney at Wong & Rees, LLP and specializes in protecting software inventions.  Born in Chicago and raised in the suburbs of many cities around the country, Michael has always loved the energy of city living, and has enjoyed living in the Twin Peaks neighborhood of SF for the past 8 years.  Michael serves as Chair of Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA), an advocacy organization that envisions a powerful Queer, Trans, Asian and Pacific Islander community that is seen, heard, and celebrated (www.gapa.org). Michael’s alter-ego drag persona, Juicy Liu, performs regularly in the Castro and was crowned Miss GAPA in 2016. Over the years, Michael/Juicy has personally raised over $60K for community organizations in the Bay Area, including the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, SF AIDS Foundation through AIDS/Lifecycle, GAPA and its charitable arm, GAPA Foundation. Michael holds a JD from University of California Hastings College of the Law and a BA (cum laude) in Computer Science and Music from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. (www.gapa.org). Michael’s alter-ego drag persona, Juicy Liu, performs regularly in the Castro and was crowned Miss GAPA in 2016. Over the years, Michael/Juicy has personally raised over $60K for community organizations in the Bay Area, including the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, SF AIDS Foundation through AIDS/Lifecycle, GAPA and its charitable arm, GAPA Foundation. Michael holds a JD from University of California Hastings College of the Law and a BA (cum laude) in Computer Science and Music from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX.

Erika Ramírez

Erika is a Mexican Development and Communications Consultant who moved to San Francisco 3 years ago and has been working for public health nonprofits. In Mexico she worked for organizations dedicated to combat hunger in young children, the empowerment of women in rural areas, and the National Cancer Institute, where she was in charge of fundraising events, PR and prevention-informative cancer media campaigns. Erika holds a BS in Mass Communication and a Masters in Marketing, you can find her running the city during the week, unning trails around the Bay Area on weekends and exploring local breweries.

Becks Wood 

Becks is a Product Management Director at Google. Becks has been an SF resident for 17 years and is passionate about Livable City’s values of creating shared public spaces, 15-minute neighborhoods, and greening the city. Becks also loves skiing, reading, bike riding, spending time with her partner Mark walking around the Mission, and finding ways to create connection and community.

Advisory Board

Robin Chiang

Robin Chiang is principal of Robin Chiang & Company. He has over 30 years experience in architecture and taught architectural design for many years including City College of San Francisco, UC Berkeley, Ames Research at NASA and College of Marin. He is dedicated to design and the community, with special focus on the Bayview and Dogpatch neighborhoods. In addition to transportation architecture, he has been involved in the planning of new towns and urban infill in the Bay Area as well as East Asia, Western and Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Robin has provided design review services to the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and the Oakland International Airport.

Chip Conley
Founder of Fest300 and Joie de Vivre Hospitality

Tim Dunn

Project Manager, Mercy Housing Company

Will Heywood

Will Heywood is a Senior Project Administrator for Bridge Housing.  Prior, will was with Urban Land Institute’s San Francisco District Council (ULI San Francisco), where he for managed the organizations policy initiatives and sponsorship efforts, and completed projects that address sea level rise, public health and housing. Prior to ULI San Francisco, Will had worked at other local non-profits such as SPUR and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Will has a BA in Urban Studies and Planning from San Francisco State University.

Shirley Johnson

Dr. Shirley Johnson has experience with community organizing and grassroots advocacy for active transportation and responsible land use. She received a Golden Wheel Award in 2014 from the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition for her leadership of the BIKES ONboard project, which advocated for better bicycle access onboard Caltrain and BART. She lives car-free in San Francisco, commutes to work by bicycle, and has done multi-month, solo bicycle tours. She holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Stanford University.

Sandy Mendler

Sandy is a principal with the architecture and planning firm Mithun / Solomon in San Francisco. A nationally recognized design leader, author and advocate with over 25 years of experience, she works to create innovative experiential environments for schools, universities, workplaces and mixed use districts — integrating high performance green building design with natural systems and advanced infrastructure. Sandy balances practice with research and writing, including as lead author of two editions of “The HOK Guide to Sustainable Design,” one of Wiley’s best-selling sustainable design texts. As one of the early green pioneers, Sandy served on the national board of the USGBC and as national chair of the AIA Committee on the Environment. Her current research and writing focuses on the inter-related challenges of equity, affordability and sustainability, and the development of new models for the design and financing of urban neighborhoods.

Dave Snyder
Executive Director of California Bicycle Coalition, former Executive Director of Livable City and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, and former member of the Golden Gate Bridge and Transit District Board of Directors.