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I am a San Francisco native, graduated UC Berkeley's Architecture Program and I run my family business, Great Wall Hardware which was established in 1983 on Taraval Street. I am currently the President of People of Parkside Sunset. I love my family, life, community and wish to make this world better than when I found it.
If your glass is always half empty…
try a smaller glass.
A Palestinian immigrant, I was raised in West Portal. My mother, a widow with 5 children in tow, settled in West Portal when I was 7. She got tired of getting evicted for having too many children. The only solution was to buy, and West Portal was the perfect place to raise a family back then. It still is.
I was a little immigrant kid during the summer of love. My mom wanted to get back on the plane and go back home. Could you imagine the culture shock? I was no taller than most hemlines on miniskirts! Being the youngest of 5, I learned to step back, take notes, and learn from the folly of others.
Fast forward a few decades and I became co-founder and CEO of The Postal Chase Inc. We have 4 locations - all in San Francisco. I am also the President (emeritus) of The West Portal Merchants Association. In 2000 I ran for supervisor in District 7 and I was the co-founder of the Cole Street Fair in 2004.
Don't be busy. Be productive.
I was born and raised in San Francisco and grew up in the Parkside area of the Sunset district. I went to St. Cecilia’s and Lowell High School before moving to Boston for college. After spending 9 years in Boston and New York, I returned to SF, where I am now back in the Sunset district, running my family-owned and operated business, Footprint, on Taraval Street. I currently serve as Vice President of the Taraval Merchants Association (POPS) and I am a board member of the Police Captain's Advisory Board for Taraval Station.
Growing up in my father's grocery stores in the Mission, I gained a good foundation in customer service, small business and community.
After graduating from UC Berkeley with an architecture degree, I co-founded a design/ furniture store in the Tenderloin with a $2k investments. This year, Zinc Details is celebrating its 27th anniversary!
I'm proud of the community of customers and designers that we've fostered and I've learned many valuable lessons in running and sustaining a small business for so long.
In addition to running my business, I'm also the executive director of the Fillmore Merchants Association. During my time, we've been able to unify upper and lower Fillmore Street into a cohesive, dynamic merchant group. I've enjoyed sharing and collaborating with the other merchants to make the FMA a successful organization.
Stephen Cornell, Board Member, Polk Street Merchants Association
Jean Feilmoser, Vice President, Mission Merchants Association
Keith Goldstein, President, Potrero Dogpatch Merchants Association
David Heller, President, Greater Geary Boulevard Merchants and Property Owners Association
Gwen Kaplan, Vice President, North East Mission Business Association
Aaron Esquivel, President, Glen Park Merchants Association
Darshan Singh, Board Member, Outer Sunset Merchants Professional Association
Judy Slotsky, Board Member, Fillmore Merchants Association