Your Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB) Members
by Elise Piscopos Stupi
It has been 9 years since the establishment of the Taraval Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB), which is comprised of civilian volunteers from their respective residential and commercial communities and a representative from San Francisco SAFE. The role of each CPAB member is to advise the District Captain about crime and quality of life issues that affect the community and help problem solve and brainstorm creative solutions to recurring problems.
Here are your current CPAB members:
Captain Nicholas Rainsford is as a native who grew up on 25th & Ulloa. He attended St. Gabriel’s and Sacred Heart before joining the Marines. After the Marines, Captain Rainsford worked for Local 22 in construction. Following construction, he joined the SFPD for which he has worked for 25 years mostly in district stations. Captain Rainsford’s philosophy is to engage the community and work collaboratively and believes in the enforcement/education/environment triangle.
Chris Bricker relocated to San Francisco and began working in property management at Stonestown Apartments after graduating from the University of Michigan in 1993. Shortly after starting his career leasing apartments, he assumed a management role at Stonestown. In 2000, he took on a new position at the Related Companies and opened The Paramount, a luxury 42-story high-rise apartment building located in SOMA. From there, he moved to New York City in 2002, and then Los Angeles, managing a portfolio of mixed-use apartment buildings in NY, L.A., and San Francisco. In 2014, he accepted the opportunity to come back to San Francisco and manage Parkmerced and to reposition the asset in anticipation of its redevelopment, which began in 2017. Chris is extremely excited to be back in San Francisco, working on one of the largest developments in the country, and being on the CPAB. Email: CPABChris@taraval.org.
Marc Christensen is a third generation San Franciscan, retired teacher and coach with the San Francisco Unified School District and currently Vice President of the Merced Extension Triangle Neighborhood Association (METNA). Email: CPABMarc@taraval.org.
Wesley Chu is a Public Safety Coordinator and Chinese-speaking liaison for San Francisco SAFE. Previously, Wesley had been a news editor for a renowned Chinese newspaper based in the SF Bay Area for 9 years. He has experience working with Asian and Chinese communities and has a native fluency in Cantonese and Mandarin (speaking, reading, and writing). Wesley is also Advanced CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) certified and trained in facilitating Personal Safety Presentation for Chinese communities. Wesley is excited to be on the CPAB and looks forward to working with the community to address and resolve their concerns. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Al Harris has been a homeowner in the Ingleside since 1974. He worked for Safety Network as a Community Organizer and the OMI Family Resource Center as the OMI Convener. He is a graduate of the Citizen/Community Police Academy and NERT and is one of the original members of the Taraval CPAB. Email: CPABAl@taraval.org.
Mary C. Harris is a native San Franciscan. She was PTA President and a volunteer at Francis Scott Key Elementary School in the Sunset for 10 years. Mary is President of OMI Neighbors In Action, and The District 11 Council, and she sits on many other community, park, and library boards in District Eleven. She is a Citizen/Community Police Academy and NERT graduate and is one of the original members of the Taraval CPAB. Email: CPABMary@taraval.org.
Charles Head serves as a board member of Sunset Heights Neighbors and is its delegate to the Coalition of San Francisco Neighborhoods (“CSFN”). At CSFN, he is a Recording Secretary, Chair of the Government and Elections committee, and member of the Executive Committee. In 2013, Charles retired after 10 years of teaching history in Oakland (having taught also in Florida and Connecticut for many years) and has served a second-year term on the Civil Grand Jury. In Florida, he was involved with Neighborhood Watch and the Miami-Dade Branch of the Florida Restaurant Association. Charles and his wife Eileen, a SF born native, live in the Inner Sunset, have two adult children each and several beautiful grandchildren. He is currently the Block Captain of the 9th Avenue Neighborhood Watch. Email: CPABCharles@taraval.org.
Jennifer Lee was born and raised in San Francisco and grew up in the Parkside area of the Sunset district. She went to St. Cecilia’s and Lowell High School before moving to the East Coast for college. After spending 9 years in Boston and New York, Jen returned to SF, where she is now back in the Sunset district, running the family business, Footprint, on Taraval St. and serving as Vice President of the Taraval Merchants Association (POPS) and Secretary of the San Francisco Council of District Merchants Associations (SFCDMA). Jen is passionate about her community and loves the ocean, dogs, yoga, film, and music. Email: CPABJennifer@taraval.org.
Elise Piscopos Stupi, a member since 2012, is a native Sunset district resident whose family immigrated to San Francisco over a century ago. She attended the district’s public schools and graduated from SFSU. Elise currently is a fitness professional for middle- to advanced-aged adults at USF’s Koret Health and Recreation Center. She lives in her childhood home in the central Sunset with her husband, Ken. Email: CPABElise@taraval.org.
David Takashima is a native Californian born and raised in San Diego on a family farm. He is a graduate of San Diego State and the University of San Diego School of Law. David worked in the California Legislature as a legislative staff member for Assembly Speaker Willie L. Brown and State Senator Steve Peace. In 2002, David was appointed the Chief Deputy Director of Finance for California. He then worked for the City and County of San Francisco as the manager of State and Federal Government Affairs until his retirement in 2017. At the first of 2018, David started his public affairs firm. He and his wife, Annie Wong, have been residents of the Sunset for the last 17 years. Email: CPABDavid@taraval.org.
John Zwolinski, our CPAB Co-Chair, has been a resident of the Outer Sunset for 14 years. He is the La Playa Park SAFE group Block Captain, a seventh-grade history teacher at A.P. Giannini, and one of the original members of the Taraval CPAB. Email: CPABJohnZ@taraval.org.
We highly encourage residents to become acquainted with one or more of the CPAB members in your sector of the district as doing so can be helpful if a concern arises that needs particular attention. You may reach the CPAB members at their respective email addresses. As a reminder, residents can attend a monthly meeting regarding public safety at the Taraval Police Station every third Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm – 7:00pm.