Commitment to Racial and Social Equity

Last updated: January 28, 2022

This page communicates Heritage’s ongoing progress to boost cultural equity within our historic preservation work. Through regular progress reports, our intent is to be transparent in our efforts and build accountability. Our organization is uniquely positioned to help San Francisco’s diverse communities safeguard their heritages, and support architectural and cultural-preservation initiatives that help tell their full stories. These times require us to recognize the devastation that racism and white supremacy has inflicted in all aspects of society, including the field of historic preservation, and to refocus our work with equity at the center. If you are interested in this journey, reach out to Kerri Young at

Resolved by the Board of Directors of San Francisco Heritage at its regular meeting held on February 16, 2021:

1. Adoption of the following acknowledgement and commitment statement:

“Heritage’s work over the past 50 years has not adequately addressed racial and social equity. As a mission-driven nonprofit organization in the United States, Heritage has a responsibility to proactively address structural and institutional racism in collaboration with impacted and threatened communities. San Francisco Heritage will revise its activities and programs to meet this responsibility and install a framework to measure success and accountability.”

2. Consideration and prioritization of equity in all Heritage activities, including advocacy, development, programming, policy-making, staff and board nominations, and use of Heritage properties.

Resolved by the Board of Directors of San Francisco Heritage at its regular meeting held on June 22, 2021:

1. Formal adoption of a Ramaytush Ohlone land acknowledgement and a commitment to working meaningfully with the American Indian community.

In 2021, SF Heritage started a partnership with the American Indian Cultural District (AICD), the first established Cultural District of its size in the United States dedicated to recognizing, honoring, and celebrating the American Indian legacy, culture, people, and contributions. Read more about our collaboration here.

Heritage News progress reports:

April-June 2022

October-December 2021

July-September 2021

April-June 2021

January-March 2021