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About the NEN

The Neighborhood Empowerment Network is a cohort of government, non-profit, academic, faith-based, private sector, philanthropic and civic agencies and institutions.  The NEN’s mission is to leverage the expertise, resources and programs of its member organizations to create and deploy tools and resources that empower communities to achieve their self-identified resilience goals.  The NEN’s approach is a fusion of modern community development strategies with classic health, public safety and emergency management goals.

Specifically, the NEN leverages techniques such as place based planning, human centered design, asset based organizing and servant leadership to engage communities and ensure the transfer of ownership back to the Neighborhood of their resilience.  As a result of partnering with the NEN, the community has the ability to build high performing local cross sector networks that craft culturally competent Resilience Action Plans which guide sustained investments at the individual, organizational and community levels that increase connection, capacity and the acquisition of essential resources.

Background

In 2007, Mayor Ed Lee (then City Administrator) stood in the middle of New Orleans’ 9th Ward and saw first-hand one of the great social justice tragedies in modern US history.  The Mayor concluded that the incredible destruction and loss of life could have been prevented if the community had been brought to the table as an equitable partner by local government and actively participated in the creation of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery strategies.

Upon his return he called upon the Neighborhood Empowerment Network to craft a highly scalable and sustainable approach that would empower every community to craft and implement a culturally competent plan that would guide their collective investments for a resilient future.

OUR TEAM

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Daniel Homsey

Director

Daniel Homsey is the Director of The Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) for the City Administrator’s Office of the City and County of San Francisco. A fourth generation San Franciscan who has a degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University, Mr. Homsey has spent the last 25 years as a communications professional in both the private and public sector. After a long stint in the tech sector, Mr. Homsey joined the City in 2004 and in January 2008 became the Director of the Neighborhood Empowerment Network.

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Tre Russell Allen

Deputy Program Manager

Tre Russell Allen is the HUB Program Manager for the Neighborhood Empowerment Network.  Originally from Bakersfield, CA, Tre moved to San Francisco after two years abroad as an ESL Professor in China and Spain. Tre’s passion for community organizing led him to work with nonprofit organizations, SFPD, Community Benefit Districts and elected officials to fight for equal rights for immigrants, the LGBTQ Community and the homeless in San Francisco. Upon earning his Masters of Public Administration from San Francisco State University, he was awarded the Barbara Jordan Award for academic achievement and public service. While completing his degree he interned for the Neighborhood Empowerment Network and was hired as a full time employee in February of 2017.

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Kimanthe Kithika

Marketing & Communications Graduate Assistant

Kimanthe Tarik Kithika is the Marketing Communications graduate assistant for the Neighborhood Empowerment Network. He is the webmaster of the NEN website and manages all marketing and communications for the NEN. He holds a B.A. in Urban Studies & Planning and is currently an MPA candidate at San Francisco State University. Kimanthe is a San Francisco native.

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Felisia Thibodeaux

Vulnerable Populations Resilience Program Manager

Felisia Thibodeaux is the Executive Director of IT Bookman Community Center. She has been serving the public for over 25 years and coordinates Resilient Bayview (Empowering Communities Program HUB) which facilitates meeting and trainings to improve community resiliency in Bayview and Hunters Point.

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Michael Strickland

Strategic Partnership and Policy Assistant

Michael Strickland is the Strategic Partnership and Policy Assistant for the Neighborhood Empowerment Network.  Michael was born and raised in Southern California, and earned his B.A in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is currently seeking his Master of Arts in International Relations from San Francisco State University. Prior to working with the NEN, Michael has experience in non-profit fundraising, academic research and constituency outreach. 

OUR STEERING COMMITTEE

Rosalind Hinton, Resilient Bayview

Dan Dodt, Resilient Bayview

GL Hodge, Resilient Bayview

Felisia Thibodeaux, Resilient Bayview

Gretchen Mokry, Resilient Bernal Heights

Ed Whitmore, Resilient Bernal Heights

Deb Braun, Resilient Brotherhood Way

Chris Dillon, Resilient Cayuga

Jorge Palafox, Resilient Cayuga

Patti Spaniak, Resilient Cayuga

Capt. Jack Hart¸ Resilient Cayuga

Betsy Eddy, Resilient Diamond Heights

Greg Carey, Resilient Diamond Heights

Cynthia Woo, Resilient Diamond Heights

Glen Hatakeyama, Resilient Merced Extension Triangle

Marc Christensen, Resilient Merced Extension Triangle

Robert Gee¸ Resilient Miraloma Park

Joanie van Rijn, Resilient Miraloma Park

Guido Van Rijn, Resilient Miraloma Park

Jane McDougle. Resilient Noe Valley

David Brown, Resilient Noe Valley

Delia Fitzpatrick, Resilient OMI

Al Harris, Resilient OMI

Mary Harris, Resilient OMI

Dick Morten, Resilient Sunset

Matt Pemberton, Resilient Sunset

David Mauroff, Resilient Western Addition

OUR ORGANIZATIONAL PARTNERS

The NEN Organizational Partners database is currently being updated. Check back soon for the full list!

OUR PARTNER COMMUNITIES

NEN ALUMNI

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Neftali Rubio-Mills

Former Strategic Partnerships Coordinator
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Lea Troeh

Former Vulnerable Populations Resilience Intern
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Nicholas Popovich

Former Vulnerable Populations Resilience Intern
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Eunice Kim

Former Marketing & Communications Intern
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Rafaela Bradvika

Former Marketing & Communications Intern
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Celia Moreno

Former Technology & Systems Intern
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Efraim Dacuma

Former Vulnerable Populations Resilience Intern
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Michael Henne

Former Vulnerable Populations Resilience Intern
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Christian Sami

Former Outreach & Civic Engagement Intern
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Jessica Bank

Former Vulnerable Populations Graduate Assistant
CONTACT THE NEN

CONTACT THE NEN

For more information about the Neighborhood Empowerment Network, please contact Daniel Homsey, Director of Neighborhood Empowerment Network.

Email: nen@sfgov.org

Phone: (415) 554-7114

Main Office: 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 401 San Francisco, CA 94102

Neighborhood Empowerment Network is a cross sector cohort of city-wide resident leaders, community & faith based organizations, city agencies, private sector stakeholders, academic and philanthropic institutions that align their expertise, programs, technical and financial resources to advance the development of tools, resources and methods that empower communities to strengthen their capacity to advance their resilience goals.