José Cisneros is the elected Treasurer of the City and County of San Francisco. As Treasurer, José serves as the City’s banker and chief investment officer, and manages tax and revenue collection for San Francisco. He’s a passionate believer that all San Franciscans are responsible for the City’s financial health, but that residents need to be financially empowered to make a difference. He led the effort to create the Office of Financial Empowerment. Learn more about senior Treasury staff supporting work of the Office of Financial Empowerment here.
Sean directs the work of the OFE, working closely with San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros, the OFE Team and a broad group of thought partners, to design new, and expand existing, financial empowerment programs for poor and low-income people; and leverage this direct work to demonstrate what’s possible and model city government as a laboratory for social innovation. He brings nearly 20 years of experience researching, designing and managing international programs, and building institutions and networks, to deliver financial services, education and social safety net programs. Sean earned his master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a concentration in poverty and social policy.
Sarika oversees research and communication at OFE, and leads efforts to help OFE successfully implement its strategy. She drives all research, putting evidence at the heart of the OFE’s work and developing OFE's new economic Mobility lab (mLab). She also helps the OFE harvest learning, and manage and share this knowledge with local and national stakeholders. Sarika brings strong expertise in financial inclusion, with experience in program and product research, design and evaluation. Previously, she served as Director of Ideation at D2D Fund and Research Analyst at ideas42, and most recently as Independent Consultant. Sarika earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University and Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Community Engagement Manager, Kindergarten to College
Bashir joins OFE as its Kindergarten to College (K2C) Community Engagement Manager. Bashir was previously a School Safety Specialist with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) Crossing Guard Program, handling all traffic related issues around schools throughout the city. Before joining the SFMTA, he was a Public Safety Supervisor and training instructor in the private sector. Bashir grew up in San Francisco, attending its public schools, and received his B.A. in Criminal Justice from San Francisco State University.
Manager, Policy and Programs
Jacob leads program development and oversight for a range of OFE initiatives focused on access to financial products and services, financial capability, and public-private partnerships. Jacob’s role at OFE includes policy analysis and advocacy on issues including prepaid and bank products, electronic payments, lending, and bank regulation. Prior to joining the OFE Jacob managed housing and economic development programs at the National Urban League; previous work includes program and organization analysis in the philanthropic sector. Jacob received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and an MPP from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.
Program Manager, Kindergarten to College
Carol Lei joined the Office of Financial Empowerment, June, 2014, as the program manager for its Kindergarten to College (K2C) program. Prior to her focus on K2C, she was a program manager for Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco, personally working with thousands families to enroll and be involved in the San Francisco Unified School District’s public schools. She is a UC Berkeley Business School graduate and was a corporate employee in the high tech industry before running her own consulting business, focusing on management, team development, and diversity in the workplace.
Program Manager, Financial Capability
Sarah works with the San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment to increase financial capability through integration within City departments and in partnership with local nonprofits across San Francisco's diverse neighborhoods. Sarah also manages Smart Money Coaching, a city-wide financial coaching program that supports participants in opening a bank account, increasing credit, decreasing debt, and increasing savings. Prior to joining the OFE, Sarah worked to support families as a Neighborhood & Economic Development Manager for the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, overseeing place-based programming to increase housing stability, community safety, health, and financial capability. Sarah received her MPP from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
Program Coordinator, Kindergarten to College School Ambassadors
Crysta is working with the Kindergarten to College program to develop and expand its School Ambassador program. As the Program Coordinator she will be working to help schools increase their students’ participation in K2C through greater staff involvement and leadership in K2C events and activities. She has previously worked with both for-profit and non-profit organizations to promote community-driven development projects in the Bay Area and internationally. Crysta holds a BS and an MS in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech, and an MS in Development Practice from the University of California, Berkeley.
Financial Access and Innovation Specialist
Maya leads financial inclusion initiatives at OFE, including Summer Jobs Connect. Prior to her work with OFE, Maya worked for over seven years helping to launch and grow pilot initiatives that focus on partnering with community youth programs to build their capacity for implementing policies and practices in the areas of health, wellness and financial access. She has partnered with over 50 programs across the country and worked with a variety of stakeholders. Maya has a strong desire to support organizations and individuals in accessing the necessary resources and tools to thrive. Coming from a family dedicated to public service, she grew up in the bay area, and earned her Master’ Degree in Public Policy from Mills College in Oakland.
Senior Clerk, Kindergarten to College
Donna leads customer service and account management for the Kindergarten to College Program. Prior to joining OFE, Donna worked as an administrative assistant in San Francisco's public education system.