Throughout the year, sf.citi offers its members unique opportunities to familiarize themselves with key issues affecting their company and employees, interact with local leaders in an intimate setting, and expand avenues for future partnerships. We are always piloting new programs and events that bring together industry leaders to discuss and collaborate on the future of San Francisco and our City’s tech community.
sf.citi’s Lunch & Learn Series
At both the state and local level, sf.citi leads the way in advocating for San Francisco’s tech industry by engaging policymakers to collaborate with our members on the most pressing issues facing our community. In 2017, we launched our Lunch and Learn discussion series, which provides sf.citi members with regular opportunities to meet the elected officials who represent them, as well as candidates running for office and other key decision makers in government. These intimate and engaging conversations between sf.citi members and local legislators explore the shared challenges affecting the tech community and the City of San Francisco.
Featured Speakers in 2019
Supervisor Rafael Mandelman @ Postmates | Board President Norman Yee & Chief of Police Bill Scott @ Facebook | Supervisor Shamann Walton @ Okta | Senator Scott Wiener @ Dropbox | Candidate for SF District Attorney Suzy Loftus @ AdRoll | Supervisor Matt Haney @ Airbnb | City Administrator Naomi Kelly @ Lyft | Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews @ Affirm | Supervisor Ahsha Safaí & Candidate for SF District Attorney Leif Dautch @ Goodreads | Supervisor Hillary Ronen @ Twitter | Assemblymember Phil Ting & Interim SFMTA Director Tom Maguire @ Google
Tech is a global industry, so we don’t just stop at San Francisco. By working collaboratively with regions across the country, sf.citi brings you intimate relationship-building opportunities with government and tech leaders from top U.S. cities. These exclusive opportunities provide member companies with a chance to speak directly to decision makers in key cities, helping you expand into new markets and grow your company. sf.citi has hosted roundtables with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, among others. This new area of programming will continue to expand.
Annual sf.citi Members Reception with San Francisco’s Mayor
Near the end of each year, sf.citi celebrates all of the people who make our work possible by inviting our board, member companies, partners, and friends to come together at our Annual sf.citi Members Reception. It has become sf.citi custom to invite our city’s leader to join in the sf.citi Members Reception fun. In 2017, we welcomed Mayor Ed Lee. And in both 2018 and 2019, we were honored to have Mayor London Breed, who spoke about the ever-growing role tech plays in San Francisco and what the industry can do to to keep the city moving forward.
sf.citi’s Big Idea Series
In October 2017, sf.citi released its first white paper, “Taxing Innovation: The Challenge of Regulating Job Automation.” As artificial intelligence and automation have already radically changed the way we work, sf.citi called on government and business to collaborate on an appropriate approach to automation in the workplace. In culmination with the paper’s release, sf.citi then brought together a cross-section of 25 San Francisco leaders from the tech, nonprofit, and public sectors to discuss the ideas we prompted in the paper. We convened a panel of distinguished experts across various fields of work, including Roy Bahat of Bloomberg Data, Vikrum Aiyer of Postmates, Laurel Arvanitidis of the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and Abby Snay of JVS Bay Area, to spark an informative and engaging conversation around the future of work. This white paper and policy breakfast will be the first of many more to come.