Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Commissioners

Chair

Daina Chiu

Term: April 21, 2016 to February 1, 2022
(Appointed by the Assessor-Recorder)
Daina ChiuDaina Chiu has been a San Francisco resident for over 15 years. Chiu previously worked for McKesson Corporation where she was instrumental in designing and establishing the company’s first compliance training program, in addition to providing advice on a wide range of healthcare regulatory, privacy, ethics hotline, corporate, and antitrust matters. Prior to McKesson, Chiu was in private practice where she focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate and financial matters. Chiu earned a Juris Doctor degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at University of California, Berkeley. She also graduated summa cum laude with bachelor degrees in Chinese Language & Literature and English Literature from University of California, Berkeley.

Vice-Chair

Quentin L. Kopp

Term: February 28, 2017 to February 1, 2023
(Appointed by the Board of Supervisors)

quentin-koppQuentin L. Kopp is a retired California Superior Court Judge who also served for a number of years as an elected member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and a California State Senator.

Judge Kopp attended Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. He served as an Officer in the United States Air Force, the Office of Special Investigations, and in the Judge Advocate General Corps, prosecuting and defending those accused of court-martial offenses.

Kopp was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in Nov. 1971 and was subsequently reelected in 1975, 1977, 1980, and 1984, serving as President in 1976-1978 and 1981-1982. His public service has also included serving as an appointee to the Development Commission, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and the San Francisco Bay Area Air Quality Maintenance District.

He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society, the Bar Association of San Francisco, and the Lawyers Club of San Francisco.

From 1982 until 1992, Kopp was a weekly radio talk show host on KGO-AM, and from 1992 until 1998, he was a weekly political commentator on KTVU-TV in Oakland. In 1979, he unsuccessfully ran for Mayor, losing to Dianne Feinstein in a runoff election. In 1986, he was elected to the California State Senate as an independent. In 1999, Kopp was sworn in as a Judge of the San Mateo County Superior Court, where he served until his retirement in 2004. Since 2010, Judge Kopp has been a Member of the American Arbitration Association, acting by appointment as an arbitrator in civil disputes.

Judge Kopp and his wife Mara reside in San Francisco and have three children.

Commissioners

Paul A. Renne

Term: February 8, 2012 to February 1, 2019
(Appointed by the District Attorney)

paul.rennePaul A. Renne is a Retired Partner of the law firm of Cooley, LLP. in the San Francisco office.  He first joined the firm in 1964.

Mr. Renne’s practice is primarily related to litigating complex business disputes, with special emphasis on securities litigation, accountants’ malpractice, trade secrets and intellectual property matters. He has tried in excess of 100 jury trials, including two lengthy jury trials, one of four months and the other of five months, in which he successfully defended clients against allegations of securities fraud.

His legal career began as a law clerk to Judge Edwin D. Steel Jr., U.S. District Court of Delaware, from 1959 to 1960. He was an associate at Haight, Gardner, Poor & Havens in New York from 1960 to 1961. In 1961, he joined the Kennedy Administration as an attorney in the Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice, and in 1962, he was appointed an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, and remained in that position until joining the Firm.

Mr. Renne received a law degree from Harvard University in 1959. He attended the University of Minnesota from 1948 to 1951 and received an A.B. from that school in 1956 after serving five years as a jet pilot in the U.S. Air Force.

Mr. Renne is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, serving as State Chair for Northern California. He is a member of the American, California and San Francisco bar associations and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and presently is a member of the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section, California State Bar. He is listed in The Best Lawyers of America. He is the author of a number of articles, including one in Volume 29, Vanderbilt Law Review, “Eliminating Redlining by Judicial Action: Are Erasers Available?” and a chapter on “Final Argument” in the Practising Law Institute publication, Civil Trial Practice. For a number of years, he was adjunct professor of law at Golden Gate University, where he taught a trial practice course and has lectured on trial practice to numerous legal groups, including California’s Continuing Education of the Bar.

Mr. Renne is a member of the American Arbitration Association Committee Panel, completing both the Arbitration I and II courses given by AAA. He has served as a mediator in numerous cases for both the Bar Association of San Francisco and the U.S. District Court and as a Judge Pro Tem in the San Francisco Superior Court.

Mr. Renne is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia (1959), New York (1961) and California (1964), as well as the Supreme Court of the United States.

Yvonne Lee

Term: February 16, 2018 to February 1, 2024
(Appointed by the Mayor)
Yvonne LeeYvonne Lee was appointed by the late Mayor Edwin M. Lee in August 2017 to complete the remaining term of former Ethics Commissioner Beverly Hayon. In February 2018, Commissioner Lee was reappointed to a full six-year term by Mayor Mark Farrell for a term ending February 1, 2024.

Commissioner Lee served as a Presidential appointee as Regional Advocate to lead region 9 of the Office of Advocacy for the U.S. Small Business Administration from 2011 to 2017. In that capacity she represented the voice of small businesses in federal government and engaged with small business stakeholders to address their regulatory concerns, particularly with innovative entrepreneurialism. She has also advised non-governmental organizations, government, and the private sector on policy and strategic development and community engagement with data and opinion research analysis, media and community outreach.

From 1995 to 2001, Commissioner Lee was a Presidential appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Investigative reports conducted during her term as a Civil Rights Commissioner included economic and health disparities among women and minorities, use of force and administration of justice, church burnings and hate crimes, and Native Hawaiian self-determination.

She also served as National Director from 1988 to 1993 for the Chinese American Citizens Alliance in San Francisco, where she administered membership activities and chapter operations for the national civil rights organization, testified before Congress, and developed legislative platforms for membership adoption. She also has experience in the non-profit sector in San Francisco, working on housing issues as Project Director for the Pineview Housing Corporation and serving as Housing Program Director for Self Help for the Elderly.

Commissioner Lee previously served on the San Francisco Police Commission. She was an Inaugural Fellow of the Asian Pacific American Women Leadership Institute, and served as a Fellow at the Gallup Executive Leadership Institute. She was a co-founder and co-chair of the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans for Fair Reapportionment. She holds a BS in Health Education from the University of California, Davis.

Noreen Ambrose

Term: May 7, 2018 to February 1, 2020
(Appointed by the City Attorney)

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