Community members working together to ensure a transparent governmental process.
DCYF's Citizens' Advisory Committee (CAC) was established as part of Proposition D in 2000 to provide community guidance to DCYF and the Mayor in matters related to the Children’s Fund. On June 27, 2001, Mayor Willie Brown swore in the first CAC.
As an official advisory body to the City of San Francisco, DCYF's CAC is subject to the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance. In compliance with Sunshine goals, all CAC meeting agendas and minutes will be made public. Look for postings here at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. All meetings are open to the public.
The mission of the CAC was outlined in Proposition D in 2000:
The Committee shall advise the Department of Children, Youth and Families on the use of the Children’s Fund. The Committee seeks to play an active role in the creation of the Children's Needs Assessment (CNA) and Children's Services Allocation Plan (CSAP). This Committee shall publicly monitor the City’s children, youth and family policies, programs, and services, advocating for a dedicated commitment to children, youth and families from every city department.
A complete CAC consists of 16 volunteer members, at least three of whom must be youth. Members are selected by the Mayor, serve for three years, and meet regularly. CAC members have traditionally been individuals with an active interest in the betterment of San Francisco children, youth, and families because they are youth, parents, community volunteers, and/or are employed in an affiliated field.
Leela Gill, Chairperson
Lorne Needle, Vice Chair
Lisa Spinali, Secretary
Ashoka Alvarez (Youth Member)
Maria Isabel Sanchez
If you have questions concerning DCYF's CAC please contact Emily Davis, Executive Assistant to the Director, at (415) 554-8991.