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Meet the Commissioners

Stephen Nakajo
Andrea Evans
Michael Hardeman
Francee Covington
Ken Cleveland



FC Nakajo

Stephen Nakajo 

Appointed in 1996 by Mayor Willie Brown, Mr. Nakajo served as President of the Commission from 2000 to 2004 and again in 2010.  Mr. Nakajo was Vice President since 2004, was reappointed in 2004 and in 2008 by Mayor Gavin Newsom, and was reappointed by Mayor Edwin M. Lee on March 12, 2012.  Mr. Nakajo served as Commission Vice-President in 2013 and currently serves as the newly-elected  President of the Fire Comission. 

Mr. Nakajo is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Kimochi, Inc., which serves the needs of the Japanese American Senior Community.  Mr. Nakajo is a member of the State Library Review, Japantown Task Force and is a Board member of the Japan Center Parking Corporation. He has been awarded the KGO TV 7 Profiles in Excellence Award and is a KQED/Union Bank of California Asian American Heritage Month Honoree. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science and a Masters in Social Welfare from San Francisco State University. 

FC Evans

Andrea Evans 

Appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2008, and reappointed by Mayor Edwin M. Lee on March 12, 2012, Ms. Evans served as President of the Commission in 2011, and is the current Commission Vice-President.

Ms. Evans is a lawyer who litigated a broad range of matters for ten years before leaving private law practice to work with her husband at CSL Strategies, LLC (a strategic communications firm). Ms. Evans is also co-founder of The Savvy Source for Parents, an online guide to preschools across the country.

Ms. Evans served on the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women from 2004 to 2008, and still serves as the Women's Commission designee on the City's Family Violence Council. Ms. Evans has also done a wide range of pro bono legal matters, including asylum petitions, representing victims of domestic violence, and has worked on behalf of many other human rights and civil rights causes. Ms. Evans is an active supporter of the KIPP Charter schools and served as Chairperson of the Kipp Bayview Academy. Ms. Evans is married to Chris Lehane and has two young children, Dominic and Quincy.

 FC Hardeman

Michael Hardeman

Appointed to the Fire Commission by Mayor Gavin Newsom on August 3, 2010, and reappointed by Mayor Edwin M. Lee on March 12, 2012. Michael Hardeman, a native son, was first appointed to the Human Rights Commission by Mayor Dianne Feinstein, and subsequently appointed by Mayor Frank Jordan to the Public Utilities Commission and thereafter to the Port Commission, where he served as President for four of his 16 years. Mr. Hardeman was elected Vice President of the Fire Commission in 2012 and served as Commission President in 2013.

Mr. Hardeman is currently a Union Representative for Sign Display Local Union 510 (District Council; 36) and has served in that capacity since 1977. Prior to being elected a Union Representative he was a journeyman pictorial artist. Mr. Hardeman has served on the Executive Committee of the San Francisco Labor Council for 29 years, the Angel Island Immigration Station Board, the Bay Area Economic Institute Board, the Consumer Federation of California Policy Board, and as a Trustee (Chairman and Secretary) for two Health & Welfare Pension Plans.

Mr. Hardeman is a married father of three and has two grandchildren.

FC Covington

Francee Covington

Francee Covington retired in 2008 after an exciting career in television and video production as a director, producer and writer, working at WCBS New York, WBZ Boston and KGO, KPIX and KQED in San Francisco. She headed her self-named video production company for more than twenty years serving, Fortune 500 companies and branches of state and municipal governments.

As a volunteer in the city she loves, her commitments have included serving in leadership positions on the boards of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Fort Mason Center, The Korean Immersion Parent Teacher Organization, Japan Center Parking Corporation and as Commissioner of the San Francisco Redevelopment Commission. A graduate of the City College of New York (B.A., Political Science and History), and the Institute of African Studies, the University of Ghana (M.A. Anthropology), she also holds a teaching certificate in the Sogetsu School of Ikebana.


Commissioner Ken Cleaveland

Ken Cleveland 

William K. (Ken) Cleaveland was appointed to the Fire Commission by Mayor Edwin M. Lee in March of 2014. He has represented the legislative, political and regulatory interests of BOMA San Francisco members since 1995 and is the current Vice President for Public Policy for the Building Owners and Managers Association of San Francisco. He has had a long and distinguished career as an advocate for the commercial real estate and construction industries that has spanned more than 30 years and has included work at the local, state and national levels. Prior to joining BOMA San Francisco, Mr. Cleaveland worked for the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association, and several local chapters of the Associated Builders and Contractors, a national commercial contractors association. He began his professional career in city government with the City of Jacksonville (Fla.) as its Personnel Recruiter. Mr. Cleaveland has served as the President of the Northern California Society of Association Executives (1999-2001), an organization that represents professional trade association managers in the Bay Area. He has served on a number of local civic boards including the San Francisco Dept. of Public Works’ Newsrack Committee, the Mayor’s Graffiti Advisory Board and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Citizen Advisory Committee. Mr. Cleaveland also served for many years on the board of the Power Association of Northern California, an organization representing the electric and gas industry, and remains an Emeritus Board member of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, In December, 2013, Cleaveland was honored to receive the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mr. Cleaveland received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology (minor: Psychology) from Florida State University. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in India, and is a resident of District 9. In his spare time, Mr. Cleaveland enjoys travelling, peaty single malts, good old vine zinfandels, hiking, biking, playing bridge and politics! 






Last updated: 2/20/2015 11:15:50 AM