The City of San Francisco is working hard to identify and address areas of San Francisco that pose a risk to resiliency. Tomorrow’s recovery will only be as strong as today’s San Francisco. The City of San Francisco is working hard to plan and prepare, and nowhere is that more important than along the waterfront.

A safe Embarcadero Seawall is crucial to our ability to maintain life as we know it. The San Francisco Seawall Earthquake Safety and Disaster Prevention Program and the Port of San Francisco have the support of the Mayor’s Office, the San Francisco Office of Resiliency and Recovery, the San Francisco Lifelines Council, and the rest of the City family in pursuing the refurbishment of this vital infrastructure.

We are grateful to our many stakeholders, including the Seawall Executive Steering Committee. A list of members is included below.

Embarcadero Seawall Executive Steering Committee
  • Kate Howard, Deputy Chief of Staff, Mayor Mark Farrell  (Co-Chair)
  • Elaine Forbes, Executive Director, Port of San Francisco  (Co-Chair)
  • Aaron Peskin, San Francisco Supervisor, District 3
  • Alicia John-Baptiste, Deputy Director, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research
  • Anne Kronenberg, Executive Director, San Francisco Office of Emergency Management
  • Ben Rosenfield, San Francisco City Controller, San Francisco Office of the Controller
  • Boris Deunert Ph.D., Manager of Regulatory Affairs, San Francisco Public Works
  • Brian Strong, San Francisco Chief Resiliency Officer
  • Dante Serafini, Owner, the Franciscan Restaurant
  • Deborah Raphael, Director, San Francisco Department of the Environment
  • Deirdre Hussey, Communications Director, Mayor Mark Farrell
  • Ed Reiskin, Director of Transportation, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority
  • Fran Weld, Vice President, Strategy and Development, San Francisco Giants
  • Ivar Satero, Director, San Francisco International Airport
  • Jean Fraser, CEO, Presidio Trust
  • Jennifer Johnston, Deputy City Administrator, San Francisco Office of the City Administrator
  • John Rahaim, Director, San Francisco Planning Department
  • John Thomas, City Engineer, San Francisco Public Works
  • Kathy How, Assistant General Manager of Infrastructure, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
  • Lou Giraudo, Owner, Boudin Bakery
  • Peter Bryan, V.P. of Construction & Development, Golden State Warriors
  • Susan Schwartzenberg, Senior Artist, Exploratorium
Upcoming Steering Committee Meetings
  • Friday, September 28 from 3 to 5 PM, Room 201 at City Hall
  • Friday, December 14 from 3 to 5 PM, Room 201 at City Hall


City Accelerator

In 2016, the San Francisco Seawall Earthquake Safety and Disaster Prevention Program was selected as one of four projects to participate in the City Accelerator. The City Accelerator is an initiative of Living Cities and the Citi Foundation that works within and across cities to advance and promote the spread of promising innovations that will have a significant impact on the lives of residents.

The City’s participation in the initiative focuses specifically on finding viable and sustainable ways of funding public infrastructure, including assembling a long term municipal financing plan and public engagement strategy for the Seawall Earthquake Safety Program. As many municipalities begin to reconcile the unpredictable consequences of increased seismic vulnerability and sea level rise, San Francisco will use the City Accelerator to explore innovative financing options for the Seawall Program that can be replicated in cities around the world.

View the City and County of San Francisco and Port of San Francisco project submission here.