PRESENTING sf.citi’s 2020 ANNUAL REPORT
We are very excited to present the 2020 sf.citi Annual Report, which details all of our work with San Francisco tech, policy, and community leaders over the last year.
sf.citi watched the COVID-19 pandemic transform the City of San Francisco, the tech industry, and our community at large. Hardened by the challenges 2020 delivered, we were also uplifted by the resilience and solidarity our members showcased throughout the year. Taking their lead, we at sf.citi focused much of our time and energy in 2020 on supporting San Franciscans as they navigated and adapted to our new pandemic normal. In addition to building a COVID-19 tech resource page, we launched the seven-part COVID-19 Effect event series to explore the long-term impacts of the pandemic on the future of San Francisco with local experts.
Other noteworthy sf.citi highlights in 2020 include the following:
- We produced five election resources to help San Francisco residents make sense of the 18 local measures on the March and November 2020 ballots.
- We transitioned almost all of our mainstay sf.citi volunteer events online, including Breaking Into Tech and One City Gives (see below).
- We organized 16 events (most of which were virtual) in 2020—that’s four times the number of events we normally host!
CELEBRATING OUR MEMBERS AND OUR CITY
We closed out a turbulent year celebrating our fabulous sf.citi members at our annual members’ reception, hosted virtually, of course. Mayor London Breed provided her annual remarks to the tech industry followed by a conversation featuring Founder of SV Angel and sf.citi Board Chair, Ron Conway, and Co-Founder of Cruise, Kyle Vogt.
sf.citi has had the privilege of hosting Mayor Breed at our annual members’ reception for the past three years in a row. This time, Mayor Breed joined us onscreen and emphasized tech’s vital role in San Francisco’s COVID-19 recovery, economy, and City as a whole. She remains optimistic about San Francisco bouncing back, referencing the City’s long history of weathering disasters. As far as what tech can do to continue supporting the City, she asked for a long-term commitment to providing opportunities for San Francisco schools, students, and residents who may feel disconnected from the industry.
For the second half of the evening, sf.citi Executive Director Jennifer Stojkovic discussed the future of tech and San Francisco with Ron Conway, sf.citi Board Chair and Founder of SV Angel, and Kyle Vogt, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Cruise. All agreed that commercial real estate may be forever changed by remote work and that tech jobs will likely emerge in cities across the country. At the same time, both Conway and Vogt predict tech will continue to gravitate toward the Bay Area. The Cruise Co-Founder even said, “If I were to start a company all over again, I would do it in San Francisco.”
GIVING BACK TO SAN FRANCISCO AT ONE CITY GIVES
Over 100 volunteers participated in our One City Gives holiday giving campaign to spread holiday cheer in San Francisco and serve our local community.
From December 3-11, sf.citi hosted a slightly adapted version of our annual One City Gives holiday giving event. This year, we invited volunteers from anywhere in the country to complete one or more of our three virtual volunteer activities as part of One City Gives. Their contributions support the incredible work of San Francisco nonprofits Meals on Wheels San Francisco, Larkin Street Youth Services, and Compass Family Services.
The 100+ One City Gives participants crafted holiday cards for homebound seniors, donated essential items for young people experiencing homelessness, and read holiday stories for unhoused families. We thank each and every one of our One City Gives volunteers for helping us make the holidays a little bit brighter in San Francisco. Learn more about One City Gives and, most importantly, how to keep up the spirit of giving by reading our event recap below!
DID YOU KNOW?
COVID-19 doesn’t have to mean the end of all fun, including office holiday parties. In fact, ending the year with a business celebration might be just the thing employees need in 2020. Companies across the country are creatively revamping their holiday parties to be fun, COVID-proof teambuilding experiences. Read more about company holiday parties adapted for 2020 here.
BUZZ | #MEMBERNEWS
- Airbnb co-founder donates $25 million to S.F., Bay Area homelessness programs (San Francisco Chronicle)
- Amazon-Backed Zoox Unveils Ride-Hailing Robotaxi (Bloomberg)
- Google Delays Return to Office and Eyes ‘Flexible Work Week’ (The New York Times)