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Commissioner Biographies

Ike Kwon is President of the Commission. He is a native Chicagoan but has returned to San Francisco, the city in which his father first arrived after leaving post-war Korea in the 1950s. He currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the California Academy of Sciences where he oversees the daily functions of the Academy, including public and facility operations, security and safety, legal and government affairs, and community relations; and oversees the Technology Group.

Ike serves his community through a number of appointments and volunteer activities, including the District 4 Leadership Group; Inner Sunset Merchants Association GBD Formation Committee; Palace of Fine Arts Advisory Committee; and the San Francisco Travel Association Board of Directors. He is involved with Friends of the Urban Forest as District 4 Front Yard Ambassador, and volunteers at Cornerstone Church in the Mission. Ike provides free martial arts instruction to neighborhood children in the Sunset.

Prior to moving to San Francisco, Ike held leadership positions at the Walt Disney Company; the Museum of Science and Industry; and Starwood Lodging. While in Chicago, he was a homeless advocate for Breakthrough, opening their first homeless shelter in 1997 and eventually serving on their Board of Directors.

Ike was a Cook Scholar at the University of Chicago where he earned a degree in Public Policy. He lives in the Sunset with his wife and two children.

President Kwon serves in Seat 2: Experience in ratepayer or consumer advocacy. His current term began 2/25/15 and ends 8/1/18.

Vince Courtney is Vice President of the Commission. He is a San Francisco native and 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. Vince is also a delegate to the California Labor Federation and SF Building Trades Council, and a member of the Board of Directors at the SF Community Alliance for Jobs & Housing.

Courtney serves as the Government Liaison of the Laborers' Community & Training Foundation (LCTF,) developing unique "pre-apprenticeship" career path opportunities for community youth in the construction trades, including those at the Mario De La Torre Academy that have become a "career pathway step" in San Francisco's national model.

A member of the SF Department of Public Works Apprenticeship Board since inception in 2005, and of the SF Recreation and Parks Department Apprenticeship Board since inception in 2010, he was instrumental in the development of the first State-Certified Horticultural Worker Apprenticeship Program in connection with CA DAS & City College of San Francisco.

A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, he 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 was appointed to the SFPUC by Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2010, and was re-appointed by Mayor Edwin Lee in 2013 and 2017. Vince was sworn in as a Deputy Marriage Commissioner by the County Clerk in 2017.

Vice President Courtney serves in Seat 5: At-Large Member. His current term began 9/27/16 and ends 8/1/20. 

Ann Moller Caen is the retired President of her own company, Moller & Associates, a consulting firm. She was first appointed to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission by Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr. in March 1997 and was reappointed for a second term in November 2001. Mayor Gavin Newsom reappointed her to a third term in January 2005. Mayor Ed Lee reappointed her to a fourth term in September 2012. She served as President of the Commission on four different occasions, July 1998 to January 2000; September 2001 to January 2003; January 2008 to September 2009; and October 2014 to October 2015.

In addition to serving in the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Caen serves on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco Symphony. She has served the Board of the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Board of Fisherman’s Wharf Merchant’s Association, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Board of Trustees of Golden Gate University, as well as the UCSF Foundation. Caen was also a Director of Pier 39, Siwel Incorporated and Sico Incorporated. Additionally, she was President of her own company, the Nob Hill Capital and Publisher of the San Francisco Visitor News.

She has served as delegate on many Chamber of Commerce Trade Missions. Other involvements of hers included the Audubon Canyon Ranch, the International Hospitality Center, KQED, and the Northern California Cancer Center.

Caen holds a BS in Biology and Education and an MBA in Finance. She is the widow of Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, Herb Caen.

Commissioner Caen serves in Seat 3: Experience in project finance. Her current term began 9/27/16 and ends 8/1/20.

Francesca Vietor has more than 20 years of experience working for environmental and social change in the United States and internationally.

Francesca is currently the Senior Director for Expanding Access to Opportunity for The San Francisco Foundation, working to advance racial and economic equality in the Bay Area. Before her promotion in 2016, she served as Program Director for Environment, public Policy and Civic Engagement at The San Francisco Foundation for five years. Prior to the Foundation, she was the Executive Director of the Chez Panisse Foundation, President of the Commission on the Environment, and the chair of the Mayor's Environmental Transition Team. 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.

Commissioner Vietor has also contributed to her community through many board appointments over the years, and currently serves on the boards of SPUR and Resilient by Design. She holds a Bachelor of Sciences from Georgetown University, and pens a blog for the Huffington Post.

Commissioner Vietor serves in Seat 1: Experience in environmental justice policy and an understanding of environmental justice issues. Her current term began 9/30/16 and ends 8/1/20.

Anson Moran brings more than four 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, Commissioner Moran was instrumental in fostering greater cooperation among Bay Area water agencies and elevating the SFPUC to a position of national utility leadership.

Commissioner Moran has also served as Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein with a focus on San Francisco Bay-Delta issues. Until recently he maintained a 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.

He was appointed by Mayor Newsom and confirmed by the Board of Supervisors in July 2009; and in October 2014 was reappointed by Mayor Lee and reconfirmed by the Board of Supervisors.

Commissioner Moran serves in Seat 4: Experience in water systems, power systems, or public utility management. His current term began 10/21/14 and ends 8/1/18.

Last updated: 7/30/2018 3:08:41 PM