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Board of Directors

Karen Allen, President

Karen Allen is a novelist (Universal Time, Beaufort 1849) and writer about transition, energy and environmental issues ( A longtime resident of San Francisco, she and her husband have raised their three children in Noe Valley. She makes most of her trips on foot or by bicycle, although she is known to travel by public transit and private car from time to time. She has an undergraduate degree in English and a Master’s in industrial engineering, both from Stanford University.

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 Marc joined the Livable City board in January 2004.

Justin Bigelow, Secretary

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.

Jose Campos 

Project Manager, Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure

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

Shirley Johnson, Treasurer

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.

Sasha Magee

Innovation Specialist, 18F

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.

Michael T. Nguyen

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 dedicated to furthering the interests of LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islanders ( 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.

Mike Schiraldi

Mike is the volunteer leader of Glen Park Urbanists, a group of 120 neighbors living within a half-mile of Glen Park BART who advocate for transit, walkable neighborhoods, bike-friendly streets, and even (gasp) apartment buildings. He also serves on TechEquity Collaborative’s housing committee, founded his local NextDoor community by distributing flyers door-to-door, and helps raise a three-year-old daughter whose favorite things are buses, strangers, and purple.