SF Fire Commissioners
It is the responsibility of the Fire Commission to ensure that the San Francisco Fire Department effectively implements its Mission.
A native San Franciscan, Katherine Feinstein was appointed to the Fire Commission by Mayor London Breed on January 16, 2020. Having spent her 36-year legal career in public service, Feinstein served as a Superior Court Judge for 12 years, presiding over civil, criminal, juvenile and family law matters, prior to her election as Presiding Judge.
Feinstein’s public service includes membership on the Commission on Judicial Performance, the Supreme Court’s Domestic Violence Task Force and prior legal work as Supervising Attorney of the Family & Children’s Division of the City Attorney’s Office, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, and as an Assistant District Attorney.
Feinstein’s community engagement includes membership on the Board of John Burton Advocates for Youth, and past membership on the Boards of the Edgewood Center for Children & Families and the California Medical Board. She is also a former Member of the San Francisco Police Commission.
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, and again on January 16th, 2020 by Mayor London Breed. Mr. Nakajo served as Commission Vice-President in 2013, 2017, and 2018.
Mr. Nakajo was the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Kimochi, Senior Center, which serves the needs of the Japanese American Senior Community. He was also the Co-Founder of Nihomachi Street Fair. Mr. Nakajo was the organizer in 2017-2018 of the Japantown Business District and is currently the Executive Director of the Japantown Task Force. He was awarded the KGO Profile in Excellence and the KQED Asian American Heritage Award. He was awarded from the Counsel General in 2016 the Foreign Minister Commendation and in 2018 the Order of the Rising Son Gold & Silver Rays. He was also the SPUR Award Winner in 2017. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science and a Master's in Social Welfare from San Francisco State University.
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.
William K. (Ken) Cleaveland was appointed to the Fire Commission by Mayor Edwin M. Lee in March of 2014. Now retired, he previously represented the legislative, political and regulatory interests of BOMA San Francisco, an organization of commercial and industrial building members, for 22 years. Prior to that, he was an advocate for construction companies involved in developing and building both residential and commercial projects. Cleaveland’s professional representation career has spanned more than 40 years and involved work at the local, state and national legislative levels.
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, working on irrigation projects in Madhya Pradesh (central India), and is a resident in the Portola neighborhood of San Francisco. (District 9)
In his spare time, Mr. Cleaveland enjoys traveling, single malt scotches, old vine zinfandels, the theatre, hiking, biking, playing bridge and (of course!) politics.