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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.


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.


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Daniel Homsey


Daniel Homsey is the Manager of Community Disaster Resilience for the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management’s Emergency Services Division and supports The Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) . 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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Neftali Rubio-Mills

Former Strategic Partnerships Coordinator
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Nicholas Popovich

Former Vulnerable Populations Resilience Intern

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

Efraim Dacuma

Former Vulnerable Populations Resilience Intern
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Michael Henne

Former Vulnerable Populations Resilience Intern
Christian Sami

Christian Sami

Former Outreach & Civic Engagement Intern
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Jessica Bank

Former Vulnerable Populations Graduate Assistant


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.