Anne Stuhldreher, Director
Anne Stuhldreher is the Director of Financial Justice in the Office of the Treasurer for the City and County of San Francisco. San Francisco is the first city in the nation to launch a Financial Justice Project to assess and reform how fines, fees, and financial penalties impact the cities’ most vulnerable residents.
Throughout her career, Ms. Stuhldreher has advanced innovations in local economic empowerment, civic engagement and public interest journalism. Ms. Stuhldreher has a distinguished track record of working with public officials to create public private partnerships that financially empower lower income residents. In San Francisco, she brought people together to initiate and launch initiatives like: Bank on San Francisco (that spurs banks to create starter accounts for the estimated one in five Americans who don’t have them); the Working Families Credit, and Kindergarten to College. As a Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver, she helped start the WE Connect Campaign and Bank on California. The “Bank on” strategy that Ms. Stuhldreher conceived is being replicated in dozens of cities. She also served as a Senior Program Manager for the California Endowment, a statewide health justice philanthropic foundation.
Ms Stuhldreher also authors op-eds and articles in outlets such as the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Sacramento Bee. She has advised a wide range of elected officials, financial institutions, and community organizations. Formerly, Ms. Stuhldreher worked at the Ford Foundation, and was the Associate Director of Opportunity Fund, a Community Development Financial Institution in Northern California. She is currently a fellow at New America CA. She lives in San Francisco.
Christa Brown, Manager
Christa is the manager of the Financial Justice Project, a first-of-its kind effort to assess and reform how fines and fees impact low-income people. Housed in the Treasurer & Tax Collector’s Office, the Financial Justice Project convenes advocates and city and county departments to take a deeper look at financial penalties, ranging from parking tickets, to criminal justice fines and fees, to tickets issued to individuals struggling with homelessness. Prior to her work with the City, Christa worked for United Way of the Bay Area as the Director of the SparkPoint Initiative, a program that brings together over 80 nonprofit and government programs to serve low-income women and families, and has served over 20,000 people to date. Christa has served on the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter boards in Solano and Marin Counties, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of San Francisco, and a Master’s degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy.
Simon Galindo, Coordinator
Simon has a dual role as an investigator and as the Financial Justice Project’s coordinator, both within the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector. Simon was born and raised in California’s Central Valley and has worked with local municipalities since 2001. He brings a deep understanding of government collections and enforcement, as well as experience implementing projects and initiatives from inception to delivery. This gives Simon a unique personal perspective on the need to begin reform from within local government. “Growing up in a low-income, single-parent household, I can truly appreciate that Treasurer Cisneros has recognized the need for change and is bold enough to be a pioneer in this arena.”