Our Committees

The Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza is comprised of two core committees: Honorary Committee and Steering Committee.

The Honorary Committee is committed to the mission of the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza and functions as advocates for the organization and its projects. 

The Steering Committee functions as the Board of Directors who ultimately determine the priorities and responsibilities for the organization. The Steering Committee is a working board, who volunteer their time to serve in this capacity, meet monthly, serve on sub-committees and elect a leadership team amongst its members.


Honorary Committee

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dustin lance black

Screenwriter, director, film and television producer, and LGBT rights activist

Dustin’s work includes the film Milk, which won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and the television mini-series When We Rise.

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Carmen Chu

Assessor-Recorder, City and County of San Francisco

“This project is about honoring our City’s rich history through investments in our public spaces – it celebrates champions like Harvey Milk who fought for inclusion and justice, values that make San Francisco a beacon for the world.”

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Bevan Dufty

Board of Directors, BART; Former San Francisco Supervisor, District 8 (2002 – 2011)

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Rob Epstein

Director, producer, writer and editor

Rob’s films include The Times of Harvey Milk and Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, both winners of an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

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Cleve Jones

Human rights activist, community leader, author and lecturer

Cleve conceived the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and is a co-founder of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. The television mini-series When We Rise was based on Cleve’s memoirs.

Cleve, who stood with Harvey Milk at rallies in the same location over 40 years ago, expressed his enthusiasm for the plaza, stating “Harvey understood that the LGBT community was part of something larger, and creating something special here will inspire others to carry on the global movement for peace and social justice. I commend Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza for their transparency; I encourage everyone to participate in these community meetings and help create a plaza that inspires generations to come!”

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Ken Jones

Community activist; Former Chair, San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade and Celebration Committee

Ken was a subject in the television mini-series When We Rise.

“I am humbled that we have the responsibility to create a tribute or marker of LGBT activism that began on the corner of Castro and 18th and is continuing to spread across the world; and, making our troubled world a better place to live, not only for those who are with us now, but equally as important, for all those who will walk these paths in the future.”

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Kate Kendell

Campaign Manager, Pack the Courts; Former Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights

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Anne Kronenberg

Executive Director, San Francisco Department of Emergency Management

Anne was the campaign manager for Harvey Milk’s successful San Francisco Board of Supervisors campaign in 1977, and she was his aide during his time in office.

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Rafael Mandelman

San Francisco Supervisor, District 8

“Thank you to those engaged in this thoughtful community process, facilitated by the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza and Castro CBD. Now is the time to honor Harvey’s legacy, while those who knew and loved him are still with us to help ensure a fitting memorial.”

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Holly Near

Singer-songwriter, actress, teacher, and activist

Daniel Nicoletta

Photographer, artist, and gay rights activist

Daniel worked in Harvey Milk’s camera store and participated in his political campaigns. He was a subject in the film Milk, and his work has been featured in documentary films, including The Times of Harvey Milk, and books, including The Mayor of Castro Street and Milk: A Pictorial History of Harvey Milk.

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Tom Nolan

Former SFMTA Board Chairman; Former San Mateo County Supervisor; Former Executive Director, Project Open Hand

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Donna Sachet

LGBT activist and entertainer

“How many times have we seen things happen in the City seemingly overnight without any notice and then complained about them for years? This time we have had the rare opportunity to be a part of the process, as technical improvements to Harvey Milk Plaza open the door to enhancements, corrections, and improvements that we want. Having attended several of the community meetings over the course of months, I witnessed first-hand the passion this community has for this very special corner and I was impressed with the variety of creative ideas presented. Harvey Milk Plaza should and will more fully reflect the man whose name it bears and the surrounding neighborhood will celebrate the coming changes.”

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Dr. Timothy Seelig

Artistic Director, San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus

“The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus' first performance was at the candlelight vigil for Harvey Milk. In many ways we feel he passed the baton on to many of us, including the chorus. Since that time, almost 40 years ago, we have been inspired almost daily by the man who was Harvey. We have gathered all over town to celebrate his life. But there is no location befitting his world-wide legacy. We need a place where people from all over the globe can visit as they continue to gain inspiration from his life and, most of all, his message.”

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Jeff Sheehy

Former San Francisco Supervisor, District 8 (2017 – 2018)

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Theresa Sparks

Former Executive Director, San Francisco Human Rights Commission

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Gary Virginia

Past President, SF Pride

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Phil Walker

CEO, Phil Walker Law and Founder, MAX SF

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Scott Wiener

California State Senator, 11th District; Former San Francisco Supervisor, District 8

“Community engagement is what helped get Harvey elected to office, and it’s fitting for the community be so engaged in this tribute to his legacy. I want to thank the Friends of the Harvey Milk Plaza and the Castro CBD for their continued efforts to create a plaza that works with our public transit systems, serves as a community gathering space, and celebrates the legacy of Harvey’s work.”

Steering Committee

Andrea Aiello, Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District | FHMP President

Brian Springfield, Board Member, Castro Merchants | FHMP Vice President

Daniel Bergerac, Board Member, Castro Merchants | FHMP Treasurer

Mark Briggs, Senior Graphic Designer | FHMP Secretary

Robin Abad, SF Planning Department | Former FHMP Secretary

Gregg Cassin, Activist and Visionary

John Dennis, Landscape Architect ASLA, LEED

Shaun Haines, Executive Director, San Francisco Impact Partners

Marvin Miller, Marketing/Membership Manager, CalNonprofits

Reinhardt Muir, Architect – Senior Project Designer, LEED AP BD+C

Dawn Shalhoup, Entrepreneur and PR Executive