Commissioner Kimberly Brandon was appointed to the Port Commission by Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. in August 1997. She was first elected president of the Commission in 2000 and has served several years as the Commission's vice president (1998-99, 2002-03, 2006-2007, 2010, 2012-2013, 2016-2017) and president (2000-2001, 2008, 2011, 2018, and 2019). Ms. Brandon is the current President of the Port Commission.
Ms. Brandon is the first African-American woman to serve on the Commission. She spearheaded the Southern Waterfront Advisory Committee (SWAC), to ensure that southeastern waterfront communities were engaged in development planning affecting their neighborhoods. She recently retired as senior vice president at Morgan Stanley. She previously provided strategic investment management advice at Bank of America Private Bank and worked with high net-worth clients at Wells Fargo.
She also spends numerous hours serving the community on various boards and is immediate past chair of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of African Diaspora and an active board member of PACT, Inc, Metta Fund, Vice Chair, San Francisco State University’s Board of Trustees, The San Francisco Foundation’s Koshland Committee and Professional Advisor’s Committee, The Bethel Heritage Foundation and a member of the San Francisco Chapter of The Links, Inc, where she serves on the Finance and Investment Committee of the Links Foundation, Inc.
Ms. Brandon is a graduate of San Francisco State University. She has completed Cannon Financials Certified Wealth Strategist Mastery Program and holds the National Association of Securities Dealers Series 7 and 66 licenses. She is a native to San Francisco.
Commissioner Brandon’s term expires in May 2021.
Commissioner Willie Adams was appointed to the Port Commission by Mayor Edwin M. Lee in July 2012. Mr. Adams previously served as the Commission's vice president (2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019) and president (2016 and 2017). He is the current Vice President of the Commission. Mr. Adams previously served on the San Francisco Film Commission.
Mr. Adams was named the President of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) in 2018. Mr. Adams's long history with ILWU started in Tacoma, Washington in 1978, where he worked on the docks as a longshoreman for 24 years. In 1998, he was elected by co-workers to serve on their local union Executive Board and chosen in 2000 to serve on the union’s International Executive Board. Mr. Adams was also elected to serve as one of three Trustees who oversee the ILWU’s finances. Mr. Adams has represented the ILWU during visits with workers in South Africa, Australia, Spain, Cuba, Vietnam and China.
Mr. Adams also serves on the Board of TransAfrica, where he works closely with Board Chairman Danny Glover and Board member Harry Belafonte. He is a passionate cultural advocate. He produced “Celebrations of Black History and Labor” programs in Tacoma, which featured cultural and political figures including Danny Glover, Paul Robeson, Jr., Yolanda King (Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter), hip-hop icon Chuck D, and Betty Shabazz (daughter of Malcolm X). He is also executive producer of several documentary films, including one exploring the life of African American writer Langston Hughes, “Hughes’ Dream Harlem,” and “The Black Composers,” which tells the story of African American film score composers. Mr. Adams is currently involved with a full-length dramatic film exploring the life of labor leader Harry Bridges. Mr. Adams has resided in San Francisoc since 2003.
Commissioner Adams' term expires in May 2022.
Commissioner Doreen Woo Ho was appointed to the San Francisco Port Commission by Mayor Edwin M. Lee and confirmed by the Board of Supervisors in May 2011 and was elected President of the Port Commission in 2012 and 2013. She currently serves as a member of the U.S. Bancorp Board of Directors. She also serves as a board member of the San Francisco Opera, C100 (Committee of 100) and APIASF (Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund Advisory Board).She is a retired seasoned executive with over 35 years of commercial and consumer banking experience. She is the former President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of United Commercial Bank and President of Community Banking.
Prior to UCB she was engaged by Wells Fargo & Company (1998-2008) as the President of the Consumer Credit Group and also was an EVP responsible for Enterprise Marketing, Student Loans and Corporate Trust. She was also a member of the Wells Fargo Management Committee. Ms. Ho managed a portfolio of over $100 Billion in assets with nationwide distribution in multiple channels. Prior to Wells Fargo, she was a Senior Vice President with Citibank, holding multiple management positions in corporate banking, marketing, retail banking, consumer & mortgage lending, and small business banking. Before joining Citibank, Ms. Woo Ho was a correspondent for Time magazine and CBS Radio News based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.Ms. Ho is a graduate of Smith College and Columbia University.
A resident of San Francisco since 1974, she is married to James K. Ho, Board President of Chinese Hospital and former Deputy Mayor of San Francisco.
Commissioner Woo Ho's term expires in May 2022.
Commissioner Gail Gilman was appointed to the Port Commission by Mayor Mark Farrell in April 2018. She has previously served on numerous housing and homeless tasks forces and was appointed in 2017 by Governor Brown to California’s Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council. She previously served on the commission for the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection.
Ms. Gilman has over 25 years of non-profit experience and extensive experience in real estate development of residential housing, land-use policy, activation of commercial spaces in supportive housing, social enterprise, economic development, homelessness, social services, public policy and community organizing. She has been chief executive officer at the Community Housing Partnership since 2010. She is extensively involved in regional and national public policy efforts related to housing and homelessness. Ms. Gilman received a Master of Non-Profit Administration from University of San Francisco and lives in the North Beach neighborhood along the waterfront.
Commissioner Gilman’s term expires in May 2022.
Commissioner Victor Makras was appointed to the Port Commission by Mayor Mark Farrell in April 2018. Mr. Makras previously served on the boards for Permit Appeals, Public Utilities Commission, Police Commission, Fire Department, and the San Francisco Employees Retirement Board. He also volunteers his time with additional organizations including City College of San Francisco Mission Advisory Board, Willie J. Brown Institute and the California International Relations Foundation.
An established Real Estate Broker in San Francisco and the Bay Area, Mr. Makras previously was president of the San Francisco Association of Realtors. He spearheads Makras Real Estate Group, a leading San Francisco real estate group specializing in buying and selling residential properties and property management. Mr. Makras is a benefactor of several charitable organizations, including On Your Feet Foundation, the Aids Emergency Fund, and the Mission Housing Development Corporation. He received training in real estate from College of San Mateo and is a member of the National Association of Realtors.
Commissioner Makras’s term expires in May 2020.