Senator Art Torres (Ret.) is President of the Commission. He was unanimously reelected statutory Vice Chair of the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee, the governing Board of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). He is a colon cancer survivor and serves on the Board as a patient advocate.
Between 1996 and 2009, Torres served as the Chair of the California Democratic Party. He previously served twenty years in the California Legislature, eight as a member of the State Assembly and twelve as a State Senator. Torres chaired the Senate Insurance Committee, Senate Toxics Committee, the Assembly Health Committee, and the Senate Joint Committee on Science and Technology.
A longtime leader on health issues, Senator Torres co-authored the California Clean Water Drinking Act, Proposition 65, and created the sole toxic reporting repository that helps scientists determine environmental and health impacts “a data source that really no one else has on the planet.”
He is currently on the Board of "One Legacy," an organ transplant foundation in Los Angeles, and the Latino Community Foundation of the Bay Area.
Senator Torres holds a Bachelor's Degree from UC Santa Cruz and a Juris Doctorate degree from UC Davis School of Law. He also served as a John F. Kennedy teaching fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Vince Courtney is Vice President of the Commission. He is a San Francisco native, has been the Labor Representative/Political Director for Laborers' International Union (LiUNA!) Local 261 since 2004. He was appointed to the Northern California District Council of Laborers (NCDCL) as Special Assistant to LiUNA! Vice-President and NCDCL Business Manager Oscar De La Torre in 2009, and is involved in labor relations/collective bargaining throughout the region. In 2010, he was elected to the Executive Committee of the San Francisco Labor Council and was appointed to the Executive Board of the California Alliance for Jobs.
Courtney serves as the Executive Director and Board Member of the Laborers' Community & Training Foundation (LCTF) Board of Directors, developing unique "pre-apprenticeship" career path opportunities for community youth in the construction trades.
He has also been a member of the San Francisco Department of Public Works Apprenticeship Board since 2005 and was instrumental in the development of the first State-Certified Horticultural Worker Apprenticeship Program. This work resulted in the establishment and accreditation of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department Gardener Apprenticeship Program on October 20, 2010.
A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, Courtney earned his law degree from San Francisco Law School in 1999. Under Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. he served the City as Delinquency Prevention Commissioner and later as member of the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force. He currently resides in the Fillmore District.
Anson Moran brings more than three decades of experience with the City and County of San Francisco and water, wastewater and power issues, including 17 years of leadership positions within the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). From 1993 to 2000, he served as General Manager of the SFPUC, overseeing the reorganization of the agency that removed Muni and added the Clean Water Program (Wastewater) to the agency’s operations.
From 1988-1993, he held the post of General Manager of Hetch Hetchy Water and Power and previously served as Assistant General Manager for Finance. In his years at the SFPUC and as a founding member of California Urban Water Agencies, President Moran was instrumental in fostering greater cooperation among Bay Area water agencies and elevating the SFPUC to a position of national utility leadership.
President Moran has also served as Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein with a focus on San Francisco Bay-Delta issues. He currently runs his own consulting practice providing water resource development services. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Masters in Urban Studies from Occidental College.
President Moran was appointed by Mayor Newsom and confirmed by the Board of Supervisors in July 2009.
Ann Moller Caen is the President of her own company, Moller & Associates, a consulting firm. She also serves on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco Symphony, the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Board of Trustees of Golden Gate University, as well as the UCSF Foundation. She has served on Boards of the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Fisherman's Wharf Merchant's Association. Caen was also a Director of Pier 39, Siwel, Inc, and Sico Inc. Additionally, she was President of the Nob Hill Capital and Publisher of the San Francisco Visitor News. She is also involved with the Audubon Canyon Ranch, the International Hospitality Center, KQED, the California Pacific Medical Center, the San Francisco Junior League, and the Northern California Cancer Center.
Commissioner Caen holds a BS in Biology and Education and an MBA in Finance. She is the widow of Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, Herb Caen. She was first appointed by Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. in March 1997, and reappointed for a second term in November 2001. Mayor Gavin Newsom reappointed her to a third term in January 2005. She served as President of the Commission from July 1998 to January 2000; September 2001 until January 2003; and January 2008 until September 2009. Her term will expire in August 2012.
Francesca Vietor has more than twenty years of experience working for environmental and social change in the United States and internationally. Previous positions include serving as President of the Urban Forest Council (2003-2005), Chair of the Mayor’s Environmental Transition Team (2003), President of the S.F. Commission on the Environment (1997-1999) and Director of the S.F. Department of the Environment (1999-2001). Francesca was appointed to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) in September of 2008.
Additionally Vietor has worked for many non-profit organizations, including most recently as the Executive Director of the Chez Panisse Foundation. She has served on both the staff and board of the Rainforest Action Network and worked for Greenpeace, Island Press, Commonweal and CARE Madagascar. She is the co-founder and co- director of 1000 Flowers, a national woman’s voter registration and mobilization effort, which registered and activated over 20,000 women in 47 states. She currently serves as the principal of Ecoworks.
Francesca has also contributed to her community through many board appointments including Bioneers, Bluewater Network, Center for Environmental Health, Commonweal, Friends of San Francisco Public Library, Georgetown University, the Goldman Fund, International Rivers Network, Neighborhood Parks Council, Pesticide Action Network, Presidio Alliance, Save the Bay and Slide Ranch.
A graduate of Georgetown University and BFA candidate at California College for the Arts, Francesca won the Alumni of the Year award for Public Service from her alma mater Choate Rosemary Hall in 2009. She lives in San Francisco with her five-year-old daughter Chiara.