Koshland Program

Koshland Program

The Daniel E. Koshland Civic Unity Program was established in 1982 by the San Francisco Foundation as a memorial to one of its founders and major benefactors, Daniel E. Koshland, a businessman and philanthropist who committed himself to making the Bay Area a better place for all. The Koshland program recognizes Bay Area grassroots risk-takers and makes a five-year $300,000 investment in their community. To date, the program has cultivated more than 500 fellows in nearly 30 neighborhoods throughout the Bay Area. Fellows have made great strides in their neighborhoods, including:

  • A neighborhood welcome center for immigrants and other newcomers in San Rafael’s Canal neighborhood
  • A workforce development center in San Francisco’s Excelsior neighborhood
  • A scholarship program for students in Hayward’s Jackson Triangle/Harder Tennyson neighborhoods
  • A neighborhood-wide mini-grants program in San Pablo
  • An afterschool mentorship and tutoring program in North Fair Oaks, an unincorporated area of Redwood City
Koshland Neighborhood Fellows

Every year, the Koshland Program selects up to 12 neighborhood fellows who are committed to improving lives in their neighborhood. We seek out leaders who may not hold traditional leadership positions, but who are proven bridge builders in their community, making connections and building a sense of belonging Fellows must live or work in the selected neighborhood and must commit to a five-year fellowship that includes:

  • Leadership development training
  • Fundraising training and other professional development opportunities
  • Regular convenings
  • The development, implementation and evaluation of one or more joint neighborhood projects (see examples above) or supporting an existing neighborhood program with Koshland funding

The foundation provides each neighborhood cohort with a $300,000 grant to support its projects over five years. The funding can be used to make sub-grants to neighborhood nonprofits with which the cohort engages in its work.

Questions? Please contact Retha Robinson at rsa[at]sff.org, or Brandi Howard at bhoward[at]sff.org.

Koshland Committee

The Koshland Committee is an advisory committee of the foundation’s board of trustees. Comprised of established community leaders, former foundation fellows and Koshland family members, the committee’s role is to ensure that the Koshland Program remains true to its core values, mission and program delivery.

  • Bill Ong Hing, professor of law, University of San Francisco
  • Cari Chen Pang, associate director, Rebuilding Together Peninsula
  • Cynthia Chavez, executive director, LeaderSpring (retired)
  • Dennis Quirin, president, Neighborhood Funders Group
  • Dwayne Marsh, deputy director, Government Alliance on Race and Equity
  • Jordan Simmons, artistic director and Iron Triangle Theater co-director, East Bay Center for Performing Arts
  • Kimberly Brandon, senior vice president, wealth management, Morgan Stanley
  • Sachi Yoshii, director, strategic initiatives and special projects, East Bay Community Foundation
  • Santiago “Sam” Ruiz, executive director, Mission Neighborhood Centers, trustee liaison
  • Teresa Goines (chair), founder, The Old Skool Café
Current Koshland Neighborhoods and Fellows

2017-2022, Mission (San Francisco)

  • Chirag Bhakta, Community Engagement Coordinator, Mission Housing
  • Nadia Conrad, Teen Programs Coordinator, Jamestown Community Center
  • Eric Cuentos, Director of Parent Partner Program, Mission Graduates
  • Marilyn Duran, Community Organizer, PODER
  • Marisela Esparza, Program Manager, San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network
  • Jon Jacobo, Land Use Committee Member, Calle 24 Latino Cultural District
  • Lara Kiswani, Executive Director, Arab Resource & Organizing Center
  • Celina Lucero, Executive Director, Horizons
  • Lorena Melgarejo, Coordinator of Parish Organizing, Archdiocese of San Francisco
  • Diana Martinez, Mission SRO Collaborative Manager, Dolores Street Community Services
  • Dairo Romero, Community Planning Manager, MEDA
  • Sandra Sandoval, Lifelong Missionera

2014-2019, Jackson Triangle and Harder Tennyson (Hayward)

  • Jason Enrique Arenas, Parent and Community Engagement Specialist for the Alameda County Office of Education
  • Sonnye Broherton, Vice-President of the Site Council at her son’s school, Harder Elementary School
  • Emily Chow, Program Manager, Quality Counts of Alameda County
  • Luis Covarrubias, English Learners District Level Specialist, Hayward Unified School District
  • Carla Dardon, Site Director, Hayward Day Labor Center
  • Patty Garcia, Liason, CAFE (Club de Aprendizaje para Una Familia Estable) a Parent Engagement Program for Tiburcio Vazquez Health Center Inc., and the Hayward Unified School District
  • Gabriel Hernandez, Founder, Hayward Day Labor Center
  • Teresa Johnson, Member and Parent Advocate, Hayward High School Site Council; Secretary, Hayward High Athletic Booster Club; Advocate for Strategic Tutoring Strategies for Athletes, African-American Student Initiative (AASAI) District Parent Leadership Team
  • Sandra Morales, Community Liaison at the Parent Center at Eldridge Elementary School
  • Jasmine Nakagawa, Program Coordinator for the FACES for the Future program at St. Rose Hospital
  • Sandra Navarro, Teacher Leader in the Community MultiMedia Academy (CMMA)
  • Denize Sanchez, Youth Educator for La Familia Counseling Service