Executive Director’s Report – August 8, 2022

August 8, 2022
To: Members of the Ethics Commission
From: LeeAnn Pelham, Executive Director
Subject: Agenda Item 5–Executive Director Report for August 2022

Summary and Action Requested

This report provides various programmatic and operational highlights since the last Executive Director’s

Report. No action is required by the Commission, as this item is for informational purposes only.

Public Policy Update on Status of Gift and Ethics Proposals

At this time, the meet and confer process with the Municipal Executive Association (MEA) remains open as City labor negotiators have not yet determined that the process is concluded based on MEA responses received on July 29th to the Commission’s latest proposals to address MEA’s concerns. Until the Department of Human Resources and the City Attorney’s Office determine that meet and confer is concluded, the Ethics Commission cannot take action to place a measure on the ballot. As a result, the Commission was not able to take action by the August 5 deadline for submitting a measure for the November 2022 ballot. For transparency purposes, Chair Lee, Vice-Chair Bush, and I provided an update to the public on the status of the gift and ethics proposals on August 5. A copy of the update can be viewed here.

Dashboards for November 2022 Campaign Finances Now Online

Campaign finance dashboards for the November 8th election have been updated with the fundraising and spending activities disclosed through June 30, 2022 by committees active in the November election based on semi-annual statements filed July 31st. Data will continue to be updated throughout the election season with additional data reported in future filing periods.

Staff News

I am happy to announce that Ana de Carolis will be joining the Commission staff on August 15 as one of our new Ethics@Work program Training & Outreach Specialists. Recruitments for the two other program positions remain ongoing.

As you know, this program is being designed to use strategic communications, in-person and online training and workshops, and focused outreach to engage and inform city officials, employees, contractors, and other key stakeholders to raise awareness, develop common understanding, and improve compliance with government ethics laws. As a member of the Ethics@Work team, Ana will work with Program Manager Peter Lauterborn to develop the program and help broadly equip those involved in City decision-making with practical knowledge and skills to effectively navigate ethical challenges in public service.

Ana most recently served as Training Manager with Civic Nation, where she planned, developed, and implemented training projects for Made to Save, a national grassroots COVID-19 vaccination initiative aimed at increasing vaccine access and trust in historically underserved communities. In that role she trained over 7,000 community-based health works, volunteers, and businesses, and partnered with subject matter experts at Yale University and Made to Save to develop online training content for the continuing medical education of healthcare providers. Previously, she served as Special Projects Coordinator at the UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies, where she managed production and distribution of the Center’s publications, both online and in print. In a prior role as Program Coordinator at Mujeres Unidas y Activas, Ana managed the Language Access Program for that community-based organization and developed and facilitated training modules aimed at training victim service providers on language accessibility. Ana holds a BA in Educational Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires and an M.A. in Education from San Francisco State. We look forward to welcoming Ana on the 15th.

I look forward to answering any questions you may have at the upcoming Commission meeting.

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