A Message from Our Chairwoman of the Board, Melinda Yee Franklin

To Our San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Family and Friends,

As we are sheltering-in-place, I want you to know that you are all extremely important to the leadership of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. We will continue to provide you with daily updates, resource guidance, and timely information to assist you in continuing in your professional lives as much as possible. Our CEO Rodney Fong and the entire SF Chamber Team continue to work remotely and are in constant contact with the Mayor and her team who are leading the efforts to keep us safe in the ever-changing COVID-19 environment. It goes without saying that we fully support the efforts of both Governor Newsom and Mayor Breed during this extremely challenging time.

Many of us have been affected by COVID-19. My company, United Airlines, has been hit with one million fewer customers on board our aircraft than the same period last year. Simply stated, customers are not flying, we have cut capacity, and are taking financial losses every day. Clearly the travel and tourism industry is being hit hard, yet we are just an example of so many industries that are suffering greatly. Small and medium-sized businesses are also shuttered, severely affecting owners and workers. Non-profit organizations are struggling to survive, many on the front-lines trying to assist those who need the most help now, including our economically-challenged and homeless populations. All of us are hugely impacted during this unprecedented crisis.

I urge all of you to please practice compassion, empathy and to take care of your families and each other during this challenging time. The anxiety that many of us feel is real and we need to support each other. I have no doubt that we will come out of this together stronger than ever with a bright future in the days ahead.

If we can help you in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at melinda.franklin@united.com, Rodney at rfong@sfchamber.com or any member of the staff at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.

With resilience and strength together,
Melinda Yee Franklin
Chairwoman of the Board