In 2021, San Francisco Heritage committed to boost cultural equity within our preservation work. We are revising our activities and programs to meet this responsibility, and installing a framework to measure success and accountability. This equity report card helps us monitor our progress.
Below are some highlights of our progress over the past quarter:
- Heritage’s board of directors took steps to diversify its ranks, with Taryn Ching unanimously confirmed as the newest board member on August 17, 2021, and Karen Kai unanimously confirmed on October 19, 2021. During our extensive international search for Heritage’s next President & CEO, our board and search firm made equity a priority in the process.
- We are facing the challenges of prioritizing equity in our advancement work, especially in our annual Soirée fundraiser. Advancement staff together with the Interim President & CEO continue to make this a priority as Heritage looks to overcome a budget deficit in 2022.
- We continued work with the American Indian Cultural District on a series of monthly posts spotlighting American Indian legacy businesses within the district, including ones featuring the American Indian Center and American Indian Historical Society.
- We joined the working group for the new Sunset Chinese Cultural District, spearhead by District 4 Supervisor Gordon Mar and passed by the Board of Supervisors on July 27. The working group promoted the cultural district at the Sunset Community Festival on October 2.