San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Appoints New Chair of the Board to Its Foundation

San Francisco, September 17, 2013 – The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce announced today that it has appointed David Kaufman as the new Chair of the Board for its foundation. Established in 1990, the Chamber’ foundation houses strategic initiatives including: the San Francisco Center for Economic Development (SFCED), ChinaSF, Leadership San Francisco and Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy. Mr. Kaufman will assume his post immediately and follows the leadership of Steven Bojkovic, Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank, who has served on the Board since 2008.

“We thank Mr. Bojkovic for his service and welcome David Kaufman as the new chair of our foundation,” said Bob Linscheid, President & CEO, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. “Mr. Kaufman’s business development experience will serve our foundation well as we continue to build support for initiatives helping to make a better and stronger San Francisco.”

Mr. Kaufman is the Director of Regional Sales at Nixon Peabody LLP.  In this role, he oversees a regional sales team and business development activities in all of the law firm’s global offices. He also serves on Nixon Peabody’s six-member Global Strategies Team, which develops and oversees the firm’s strategy for its international practice, global offices, and relationships with law firms around the world. Mr. Kaufman received both his undergraduate degree and his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia.

The Chamber’s foundation is a 501© 3 nonprofit public benefit corporation focused on helping the Chamber achieve its mission of attracting, developing and supporting business in San Francisco. The foundation houses strategic initiatives including:

The San Francisco Center for Economic Development (SFCED) – SFCED promotes San Francisco as a great place to do business and works collaboratively with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the City and County of San Francisco, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and other organizations to advance policies and initiatives that encourage business retention, expansion and attraction. SFCED also works with companies, industry organizations and their representatives to facilitate business location and expansion in San Francisco. Since its formation in 2004, SFCED has played a significant role in bringing a number of economy-boosting organizations to the city and region including: the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the California Culinary Academy, numerous biotech and cleantech firms, and large private-sector employers such as Virgin America and Macy’s Dot Com. More information is available at www.sfced.org.

ChinaSF
 – ChinaSF is an award-winning Public-Private-Partnership working to attract Chinese investment and businesses to San Francisco and the Bay Area. With bilingual staff and offices in San Francisco, Beijing and Shanghai, ChinaSF has facilitated and supported the expansion of more than 26 Chinese companies in San Francisco, bringing more than 300 jobs and significant investment to the city since its began in 2008. More information is available at www.chinasf.org.

Leadership San Francisco (LSF)
 – LSF is dedicated to educating and developing future community leaders. Its 10-month signature program – Leadership SF – provides a unique opportunity for participants to increase their understanding of the complex social and economic issues facing San Francisco and learn how to respond to community concerns. More information is available atwww.leadershipsf.org.

Chamber for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE
) – CICE is a national network of local chambers of commerce from across the country working to advance the clean energy economy. CICE provides businesses with access to clean energy information, best practices, energy experts, incentives, and opportunities to prosper in the clean energy space. More information is available atwww.chambersforinnovation.com.

Founded in 1850, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is recognized as the pre-eminent business organization for advocacy, networking and economic growth. The Chamber delivers on its mission to attract, develop and retain business in San Francisco by representing companies and organizations that make San Francisco a preferred destination for businesses and visitors – a great place to live and work. More information is available at www.SFChamber.com.