SFHDC 2018 Gala
"Honoring women who harness the inner power for change"
Janice Mirikitani, co-founder of GLIDE Foundation

An American Sansei poet and activist, Janice co-founded the GLIDE Foundation in San Francisco along with her husband, Cecil Williams. GLIDE works with those in need, providing food, housing assistance, healthcare and family services. After two years of activism for Glide Memorial United Methodist Church, she became the program director in 1969. In 1982, she was chosen as the president of the Glide Foundation, where she was responsible for fundraising and budget oversight. In 2000, she was named the second poet laureate for the city of San Francisco. The California State Assembly has also named her Woman of the Year for the 17th Assembly District.
Abby Snay, CEO of JVS (Jewish Vocational Service)

Abby began her career with JVS in 1975 and served as Assistant Director before becoming Executive Director of JVS in 1984. Since then she has become JVS’s Chief Executive Officer, and under her leadership, the JVS budget has increased from $300,000 to close to $13 million, while the staff has grown from 15 to a team of almost 100. Abby is a board member and former chair of the National Skills Coalition, is a member of the OneCiti Forum, was appointed by Governor Brown to the California Workforce Investment Board and the State Rehabilitation Council and was appointed as the Workforce Representative of Mayor Lee’s Our Children, Our Families Council.
Dorris Vincent, community activist and longtime SFHDC Board member

Ms. Vincent has been an active member of the the Bayview community for over 35 years. She has a long history of community involvement including serving on the Bayview-Hunters Point Economic Development Task Force, Bayview-Hunters Point Citizen Patrol, Providence Baptist Church Food Program, Bayview Senior Brown Bag program and many more. She graduated from the Tuskegee Institute in 1950. Ms. Vincent still lives in Bayview with her husband. She has 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.