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Manny’s: Local Leaders Series: Is San Francisco Prepared for the Future?

March 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

How ready is our shining city at the edge of world for what the future holds?

How is San Francisco preparing for sea level change? What about the Big One? Earthquakes, fires, North Korea? What are the scenarios we don’t even know about? What are the programs of the Port – how does it all work together? And what’s that whole Tuesday noon siren thing anyway?This month, as a part of our local leaders series we are lucky to have not one, but two local leaders at Manny’s to come speak: Executive Director of the Port, Elaine Forbes, and the Executive Director of the Department of Emergency Management, Mary Ellen Carroll. Director Forbes and Carroll will be in conversation about the building of the seawall to prepare for rising sea levels, our emergency plans for all sorts of natural and man-made disasters including the Big One, fires, and more.About Director Carroll:Mary Ellen Carroll was appointed Executive Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) in August 2018. Carroll oversees a department of 241 employees who are responsible for leading San Francisco in planning preparedness, communications, response and recovery for daily emergencies, large scale City-wide events and major disasters.
Carroll brings almost 25 years of experience in local public service to the Department of Emergency Management. She has served for the past seven years as the Director of Emergency Planning and Security for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, where she supervised all security and emergency management operations. She managed the response to the 2013 Rim Fire that resulted in almost $50 million in damage to City assets, and has led numerous incident command activations throughout her tenure.
Carroll has deployed in a mutual assistance role to regional disasters including several wildfires. She managed the City’s pilot policy on drone usage and she is an active member of the California Water/Wastewater Response Network.

She joined the City’s Department of Public Health in 2005, where she led planning and coordination efforts for San Francisco’s health systems. Carroll spent several years working in the Controller’s Office developing business continuity plans for key City services. She also developed City-wide plans for state and federal cost recovery activities to ensure rapid recovery from disasters and reimbursement for disaster damages.
Carroll holds a B.A. in International Studies from George Washington University and a Master of Arts in Urban Studies from Virginia Tech.
About Director Forbes:Mrs. Forbes leads the Port to responsibly manage the waterfront as the gateway to a world-class city and advances environmentally and financially sustainable maritime, recreational, and economic opportunities to serve the City, Bay Area region, and California.At the recommendation of the Port Commission, Mayor Edwin Lee appointed Elaine Forbes Executive Director of the Port on October 12, 2016. Forbes is one of eight women Port Directors in the United States. Before her appointment as Executive Director, she served as Deputy Director for Finance and Administration for the Port for six years.Prior to joining the Port, Mrs. Forbes held executive management and leadership positions at both the San Francisco Planning Department and the San Francisco International Airport. She also worked for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Budget Analyst’s Office providing fiscal and policy analysis and evaluating and reporting on complex municipal issues.Before beginning her tenure with the City and County of San Francisco in 2000, she worked as a redevelopment agency planner for the City of Oakland. She also has worked for several non-profit land use policy and economic development organizations including the Urban Strategies Council and the California Budget Project.Mrs. Forbes holds a Master’s degree with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles in Community and Economic Development, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Mills College in Oakland. Mrs. Forbes is also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She was born in San Francisco and resides in the Castro neighborhood with her partner.


March 19
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


3092 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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+1 415-203-7122