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Board of Directors
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.
José is a Project Manager with San Francisco’s Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure.
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 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.
Melyssa Mendoza, Secretary
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 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 Director of IP Operations and a patent attorney at Patent Law Works 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 over 10 years. Michael sits on the LGBTQI+ Advisory Committee of the San Francisco Human Rights Commision and is Chair Emeritus of the GLBTQ+ 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 thousands of dollars for community organizations in the Bay Area, including the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, SF AIDS Foundation through AIDS/Lifecycle, GAPA, and Prism Foundation. In 2022, Michael was nominated by Sen. Scott Wiener as a Pride Month Honoree for his community work. 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.
Betsy has lived in San Francisco for 18 years, during which time she has lived in at least eight different neighborhoods. She is a product attorney at Apple and recently completed her six-year term on the Advisory Board at One Justice, a non-profit that facilitates pro bono legal services to under-served communities in California. As a parent to two young kids, Betsy believes that cities are foundational to raising tolerant, accepting, and curious children; and in order to realize this potential, a successful city must have dynamic public spaces where people from different neighborhoods and backgrounds may interact in meaningful ways.
Becks Wood, Treasurer
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.