Near the end of each year, sf.citi invites our board, member companies, partners, and friends to come together at our Annual sf.citi Members Reception. This year’s was held on the rooftop of Hotel VIA, where we enjoyed stunning sunset views of AT&T Park, the Bay, and downtown San Francisco, alight with the glow of many of our members’ office buildings and a bright reminder of the many ways technology has shaped our city into the innovation capital of the country.
Aside from an excuse to sip house cocktails and listen to jazzy covers (thanks Hella Fitzgerald) with our favorite people, the sf.citi Members Reception is, above all, a celebration of all of the people who make our work possible. And as our member base continues to expand, so does our growth as an organization. 2018 was a transformative year for sf.citi, and we hope to do even more to further tech innovation and cross-sector collaboration in 2019.
REMARKS BY MAYOR BREED
It has become sf.citi custom to invite our city’s leader to join in the sf.citi Members Reception fun. We were therefore honored to welcome Mayor London Breed.
Before an attentive audience of sf.citi members, she talked about her upbringing and how being raised in poverty in San Francisco affected members of her family. Mayor Breed attributed some of her current success to a paid internship she completed at the start of high school, emphasizing the importance of exposing our city’s young people to various career paths. Her own story inspired her to launch “Opportunities for All,” an initiative that would give 3,000 local high school students paid ($15/hour) internships and job training opportunities in all job sectors of the city, including tech.
“The difference between the rest of my family and me is that I was given opportunity.”
-London Breed, Mayor of San Francisco
Mayor Breed also discussed her mission to clean up San Francisco streets. She said we spend $65 million on programs to keep our streets clean, but we’re not seeing the results. “I’m out there every day,” she assured sf.citi members.
Above all, Mayor Breed emphasized the importance of accountability in city government. Noting that she hopes to inspire people to do their best at the jobs they are paid to do, Mayor Breed said the public sector, like the private sector, must be held accountable so that we “keep moving San Francisco forward.”
Fun Fact about Mayor Breed: What’s your favorite music?
PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2018 sf.citi MEMBERS RECEPTION