2016 Livability Awards

Livable City is proud to host the 2016 edition of the San Francisco Livability Awards. This year, we recognize Senator Mark Leno, who has fought at the state and local levels for improved transportation, a sustainable environment, better schools and universal health care. In addition to Senator Leno, Livable City is pleased to recognize Dr. Barry Zevin, medical director of the Homeless Outreach Team; the Shape Up San Francisco Coalition team; and community activist Oscar Grande. Livable City invites you to join Mark and the other local heroes on June 23 at the California Historical Society.

Livable City works to create a San Francisco of great streets and complete neighborhoods, sustainable and resilient, beautiful, thriving and accessible to everyone.

Our 2016 San Francisco Livability Awards commends local grassroots leaders who are improving lives in communities across the city and focusing on the health and spirit of all San Franciscans.

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Sen. Mark Leno

8lRDTjsyPrior to state Senate, Senator Leno served in the California State Assembly, represented the eastern portion of San Francisco. Prior to his election to the Assembly, he served for four and a half years on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Prior to state Senate, Senator Leno served in the California State Assembly, represented the eastern portion of San Francisco. Prior to his election to the Assembly, he served for four and a half years on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

During his tenure in the Legislature, Senator Leno has fought for better schools and access to higher education, foster youth, a cleaner and sustainable environment, single-payer universal health care, improved transportation, renewable energy, safer streets and equal rights for all Californians. Most recently, Senator Leno has lead the charge to increase minimum wage, curb tobacco use, and bring more affordable housing to San Francisco.

Dr. Barry Zevin

Barry Zevin is medical director of the San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team and clinical lead of SFDPH Transgender Health Services. He has 25 years of experience as a healthcare for the homeless physician in San Francisco.

His special interests include healthcare for homeless people, comprehensive healthcare for people who use substances, transgender healthcare, HIV and Hepatitis C disease, and harm reduction addiction medicine. He is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of California San Francisco School of Medicine.

Dr. Zevin has provided leadership for many SFDPH projects including: founding Transgender Tuesdays, the first transgender clinic in a public sector setting in the United States; development of community based medically supported detox; development of sobering center; implementation of office based opiate addiction treatment; and establishment of the Tenderloin area center of excellence for HIV care.

Shape Up San Francisco Coalition

SUSF leadership2016The Shape Up SF Coalition is a leader in public health. Shape Up SF Coalition’s work has laid the foundation for sustainable change to increase access to healthy food and less sugary drinks, and increase opportunities for physical activity for all San Franciscans.

Shape Up was the presenting sponsor for Sunday Streets in 2008 and continues to support the beloved event that brings tens of thousands of people out to play safely on our city streets. Shape Up has increased awareness of sugary drinks through cutting edge campaigns and has helped to shape sugary drink policies for organizational and environmental change. Shape Up’s retail work in the Bayview lay the foundation for the citywide HealthyRetailSF program. The Coalition’s work has helped raise the value of physical education among San Francisco Unified School District elementary schools, leading to a 500% increase of PE specialists and an equitable approach to ensure all elementary schools receive PE resources and support.

Shape Up’s Safe Routes to School program now serves nearly half of all elementary schools in SFUSD and has documented increases in walking at 28% and biking at 32% of participating schools.

Oscar Grande


San Francisco native Oscar Grande is Community Organizer with People Organizing to Demand Economic and Environmental Rights (PODER). The father of four works to empower immigrant Latino communities in San Francisco by focusing on issues like housing rights, land use, environmental justice, and transportation equity.

He co-founded and manages Bicis Del Pueblo, a community-based bike project that has provided bikes, knowledge, and resources to over 200 low-income youth and families in the Excelsior and Mission Districts. The project is developing a Bike Equity network to increase the number of bicyclists in low-income communities of color in San Francisco.

Oscar has co-organized campaigns that have successfully reclaimed publicly owned lands and required the City to invest development without displacement dollars to create affordable housing, open space, community gardens, and community services. Noteworthy projects in the Mission and Excelsior Districts include 17th & Folsom, 1950 Mission, Parque Niños Unidos, Upper Yard on San Jose & Geneva, and Crocker Park Urban Farm.

As a founding Board member of Mission Asset Fund, Oscar helped develop a first-of-a-kind financial asset building organization helping San Francisco low-income residents access social loan programs that quickly and safely build credit history. The organization has grown to a multi-million dollar organization providing community-based asset building services in a dozen communities throughout the country.

The 2016 San Francisco Livability awardees reflect the best of San Francisco, and embody the ethos of Livable City: Livability For All. Please join us on June 23 to recognize this year’s stellar awardees.