Meet the Commissioners

Stephen Nakajo
Katherine Feinstein
Francee Covington
Ken Cleaveland
Tony Rodriguez

 

Commissioner 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, and again on January 16th, 2020 by Mayor London Breed.  Mr. Nakajo served as Commission Vice-President in 2013, 2017 and 2018 and currently serves as the newly-elected President of the Fire Commission. 

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 Masters in Social Welfare from San Francisco State University. 

 

 

Feinstein

Katherine Feinstein

Katherine Feinstein was appointed January 16th, 2020 to the SFFD Fire Commission by Mayor London Breed. 

 

Commissioner 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 Cleveland

Ken Cleaveland 

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.

Tony

Tony Rodriguez

Tony Rodriguez was appointed to the San Francisco Fire Commission by Mayor London Breed on January the 16th, 2020.  

My name is Jose Anthony Rodriguez Jr., but many people know me as Tony.  I am a born and raised San Franciscan who grew up in the Excelsior Distract.  I am first generation born in my family, my father came here at 18 years of age from the Territory Puerto Rico and my mother was from Mexico coming here when she was young.  My family consists of my parents and three younger siblings.  My wife and I have three daughters and have raised them here in Bernal Heights. 

Over the years I have always been involved with community groups, in my school, my daughters’ schools, church parish council, Executive Board from Local 483. I have always believed that to effect positive progress you have to be involved from within and my hope is to continue to be involved through this commission.