Conversation with San Francisco City Administrator Naomi Kelly
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If you're interested in how San Francisco is run you have got to meet Naomi Kelly!
As a part of our local leaders series we are bring the most important person in the City you may have never heard of, Naomi Kelly, the City Administrator. She's a native San Franciscan and is the first woman and African American to serve as City Administrator of the City and County of San Francisco.
She oversees the General Services Agency consisting of 25 departments, divisions, and programs that include the Public Works Department, Department of Technology, Office of Contract Administration/Purchasing, Real Estate, County Clerk, Fleet Management, Convention Facilities, Animal Care and Control, Medical Examiner, and Treasure Island.
She is responsible for a 2,700-strong workforce, and an annual budget of nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars.
Since her appointment and re-appointment by Mayor Edwin Lee in 2012 and 2017, her accomplishments include:
The appointment of City and County leaders such as: Public Works Department Director; Director of Real Estate; Chief Information Officer and Department of Technology Director; Mayor’s Office on Disability Director; Animal Care and Control Director; City Hall Events Director; Treasure Island Director; Contract Monitoring Division Director; Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement Director, Office of Short Term Rentals Director; Purchaser; Chief Medical Examiner, Deputy City Administrator, and Chief Resilience Officer;
The launching or absorbing of new programs such as: Committee on Information Technology (COIT); Office of Short Term Rentals; Contract Monitoring Division; and Earthquake Safety Improvement Program / Office of Resilience and Recovery;
The creation of a Budget and Planning team to improve budgeting, financial management, policy analysis, and program evaluation, and to utilize financial models for citywide work order programs and the elimination of structural deficits;
Serving on numerous boards and committees including:
Capital Planning Committee: As Chair of this Committee, Ms. Kelly oversees a $35 billion, 10-year capital plan for the long-term safety, accessibility and modernization of San Francisco’s public infrastructure and facilities; sea level rise planning, and securing bond approvals in the areas of public health and transportation;
Committee on Information and Technology (COIT): As Chair, Ms. Kelly oversees 5-year communication technology (ICT) plans, budgets and projects for all City departments;
Workforce Investment San Francisco (WISF) Board: WISF is responsible for creating strategic workforce connections among industry, business, labor, educational institutions, and community based organizations to serve the needs of workers and employers in the region, and to support the City’s vision for economic competitiveness;
SF Community Investment Fund (SFCIF) Board: SFCIF is a California nonprofit public benefit corporation that serves as a community development entity to apply for a new market tax credits allocation from the U.S. Treasury to help underserved communities, and provide private capital investment to projects that may not otherwise be completed; and
Mayor’s “Our Children, Our Families” Council: The Council is responsible for developing a five-year plan to coordinate available resources and services for data-sharing between the City and schools to better serve families, children and youth in the City. The Council will also create, maintain and make available an inventory of all citywide services for children and youth, including state and federally funded programs.
Oversight and management of major private-public partnerships such as the celebration of the San Francisco City Hall Centennial, and the Bay Area Women’s Summit;
Coordination of efforts to re-envision San Francisco’s public housing policy by conducting various stakeholders’ meetings to identify the challenges and issues facing public housing, and make recommendations to help improve the Housing Authority;
Strategic direction and management of initiatives in the areas of public housing, community benefits, local business development, earthquake safety and disaster preparedness, Local Hiring Ordinance, Digital Services, and renewable diesel;
Oversight and management of Moscone Convention Facilities expansion, new Medical Examiner’s Office building, Animal Care Shelter, Central Shop relocation, and 1500 Mission Street project;
Authorization of same-sex marriage license issuances at San Francisco City Hall in late June 2013 just hours after a federal appeals court cleared the way for the State of California to lift a 4.5 year freeze;
Facilitation of major program accomplishments, such as:
Treasure Island development: completed first land transfer, new ramps, Naval remediation, increased commercial leasing and business activity, readied Yerba Buena Island for new construction;
Convention Facilities: renegotiated contract with significantly improved terms to increase revenue, transparency, and capital contribution;
Fleet (3 fleets of multiple vehicles and more than 500 users): expanded use of telematics, and launched Vehicle on Demand System (VoDS).
Prior to her City Administrator position, Ms. Kelly was appointed City Purchaser and Director of the Office of Contract Administration by Mayor Gavin Newsom. She previously served as Special Assistant in the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, and the Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs, under Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. She also served as the City’s Executive Director of the Taxicab Commission.
Ms. Kelly, a native San Franciscan, is the first woman and African American to serve as City Administrator of the City and County of San Francisco. She received her undergraduate and law degrees, respectively, from New York University, and the University of San Francisco. Ms. Kelly is a member of the California State Bar. She and her husband, Harlan L. Kelly, Jr., General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and their two sons reside in San Francisco.
3092 16th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103