Interfaith Shelter
Rita Semel Endowment Fund
P.O. Box 29055
San Francisco, CA
Mobile: 415.425.9631
Office: 415.474.1321
All are welcome!  Bring a friend!


Thursday, October 9, 2014
8:00 am - 9:30 am
St. Mark's Lutheran Church Heritage Hall
(1111 O'Farrell St. at Franklin, San Francisco)

Please do not park in the St. Mark's lot as those spaces are rented to others.  
Parking is available across the street at St. Mary's Cathedral.

Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation

Tessa Rouverol Callejo
FAITHS Program & Civic Engagement Officer
The San Francisco Foundation

Anni Chung, President & CEO
Self-Help for the Elderly

Anni Chung, President and CEO of Self-Help for the Elderly, oversees and manages a
Bay Area community-based organization that provides a comprehensive range of
health, educational, social and recreational services to over 35,000 seniors a year,
regardless of ability or income levels. Since 1983, Self-Help provides Citizenship and
Naturalization services, licensed HomeCare and Hospice, Emergency IHSS and
private pay Home Health Aide services in English and Mandarin/Cantonese. With a
staff of over 500 and an annual budget of $18 million, Self-Help started in San
Francisco's Chinatown in 1966 and now serves seniors in 4 Bay Area counties: San
Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda.  Anni has been Self-Help's CEO
since 1981 and is the Producer of a Public Affairs show called "Chinese Journal" for

John Kramar, District Director
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

John Kramar, a third generation Californian, is the Director of the San Francisco
District of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the federal
government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. He holds a
law degree from the University of California Hastings School of the Law. He has
served as an Asylum Officer and manager in the U.S. refugee protection program as
well as the District Director for Hawaii and Pacific Territories, and the District Director
for the states of Arizona and Nevada.

USCIS' agency strategic goals include:
*  Providing effective customer-oriented immigration benefit and information
*  Supporting immigrants' integration and participation in American civic culture

The naturalization process is the keystone to agency success in meeting those goals.
Here in the Bay Area, the San Francisco District is fully engaged in offering those
services to communities in its geographic jurisdiction in sixteen northern California
counties. Among other adjudicative duties, the San Francisco District interviewed and
naturalized 40,000 new citizens in Fiscal Year 2013.

Adrienne Pon, Executive Director
San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission and

Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs

Ms. Pon is a native San Franciscan and has spent nearly her entire adult life working
to bring tools, resources and decision-making power to the underserved. She brings
seasoned tri-sector experience in public policy, corporate social responsibility,
grantmaking, digital equity, nonprofit management, community engagement, and
local government. First appointed by former Mayor Gavin Newsom in January 2008 to
head the Mayor's Office of Community Investment, she currently serves as Executive
Director of the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission and the Office of Civic
Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA), where she oversaw the citywide 2010
Census outreach campaign and has developed several innovative programs. Prior to
joining the City, she served as CEO of Zeum, a next generation arts and tech
museum; Interim Executive Director of the Asian Law Caucus; and Founding
Executive Director of the Community Technology Policy Council. She previously
worked in the private sector, mostly as External Affairs director at telecommunications
giant Pacific Bell/SBC (now AT&T) developing public policy and funding digital equity
initiatives such as Voice Mail for the Homeless, Asian Pacific American Future
Communities, and Women & Girls Tech Up! She also served as the Statewide Local
Government Liaison to California cities and counties.

Ms. Pon has extensive civic and community service experience, including ten years as
President/ Commissioner on the SF Civil Service Commission; and as board
president of The Women's Foundation, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in
Philanthropy, and the API Women's Leadership Institute. She previously served as
Co-Chair of the San Francisco 49ers Community Advisory  Panel and as board
member on numerous organizations such as the National Broadband Resource
Center (formerly Alliance for Public Technology), Leadership California, and Global
Education for Women Executive Leaders Advisory Board.  She has received several
local and national awards and recogni- tions. She is a graduate of Lowell High
School, and holds a master's degree in Public Affairs/Public Relations and a
bachelor's degree in community health education. She is a former United Way
Loaned Executive and a graduate of the Coro City Focus, Gallup Leadership Institute,
Leadership California and Leadership America public affairs programs.

Richard Whipple, Deputy Director of Programs
Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs

A third generation public servant, Mr. Whipple is the Deputy Director of Programs for
the San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA), where
he currently oversees the depart- ment's programs, including community safety
workforce development initiatives and the immigrant integration grants portfolio
(which includes the SF Pathways to Citizenship Grant). Prior to overseeing office
programs, Mr. Whipple was responsible for coordinating 2010 Census outreach
activities with city departments; supervising a community outreach team; and
coordinating resources for community partners and the SF Complete Count
Committee. Before joining the City & County of San Francisco, Mr. Whipple spent five
years in public education, working as a Behavioral Health Specialist in Salt Lake City,
Utah, where he developed and implemented programs and curriculum for ESL and
special education students. While earning his Masters in Public Administration from
the University of Southern California, Mr.Whipple worked across private and public
sectors; at consulting firm Cerrell Associates where he analyzed policy impacts for
clients, and at humanitarian organization Relief International as an Operations
Associate. In addition to his MPA degree, Mr.Whipple also holds B.S. degrees in
Human Development & Family Studies and Political Science, with a minor in
Consumer and Community Studies.

Christopher Martinez, Senior Program Director
Catholic Charities' Refugee & Immigrant Services