The Yerba Buena Alliance Gala is an annual community celebration of the Yerba Buena neighborhood at the City View at the Metreon, overlooking the Yerba Buena Gardens. The Gala is the Alliance annual fundraiser that raises critical funds needed to operate our programs throughout the year. Each year the Alliance honors an individual with the “Unsung Hero Award” and an institution or business with the “Organizational Champion Award. Experience a “Taste of Yerba Buena” as the top restaurants in the neighborhood bring culinary delights for all the guests.

Save the date! Our 2016 event will take place on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at the City View at Metreon from 5-8 pm.

Organizational Award

2015 Organizational Champion Award
The Mexican Museum

The Mexican Museum, initially located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District, was founded in 1975 by San Francisco resident and artist Peter Rodríguez. The museum was the realization of Mr. Rodríguez’s vision that an institution be created in the United States to exhibit the aesthetic expression of the Mexican and Mexican-American people. Today, our vision has expanded to reflect the evolving scope of the Mexican, Chicano, and Latino experience.

In 1982 The Mexican Museum moved to Fort Mason Center in San Francisco’s Marina District, where it has amassed a permanent collection of over 14,000 art objects. This spectacular collection is unique in the nation and includes Pre-Hispanic, Colonial, Popular, Modern and Contemporary Mexican and Latino, and Chicano Art.

The museum is currently preparing for the completion of our permanent home which will be built in downtown San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Arts District. The museum continues to offer educational and public programming throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

The award will be presented by Carmen Lomas Garza.

Unsung Hero Award

2015 Unsung Hero Award
Linda Harrison

Linda Harrison was appointed as the Executive Director of the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in November 2013. She has over 25 years of leadership accomplishments in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Her leadership has offered a lot to MoAD’s success. She is especially skilled in building dedicated teams, marketing/outreach, and strategic planning.

Prior to joining MoAD, Linda was an executive at Eastman Kodak company in San Francisco, Manhattan and Los Angeles, an adjunct professor to Bay Area entrepreneurs at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and owned a rare and out of print bookstore in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley.

Among her non-profit Board of Directors roles, she served as President of Frameline , served on the Board of EARN , and as a Horizons Foundation Board member.  She currently serves as a Yerba Buena Alliance Board member, is Frameline’s Emeritus Board President and a Horizons Foundation Advisory Board member.

Linda is dedicated to creating in MoAD a visitor experience of compelling new discoveries and personal explorations through arts of the African Diaspora. She currently lives in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood with her wife, Ellen. They love attending film festivals, travel, lifelong learning, and Sundays spent reading the New York Times.

Unsung Hero Award


Our 2015 Yerba Buena Alliance Gala Sponsors



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CHS Consulting, Gardener’s Guild, Handel Architects, One Hawthorne Owners Association,
SFMOMA, St. Patrick’s Church, TODCO, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Experience the delicious food and cocktails of our sponsors!
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Have fun at the Photo Booth!

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Award Winners

Yerba Buena Alliance Gala Awards Past Honorees

Organizational Champion Award: San Francisco Marriott Marquis

Unsung Hero Award: Belva Davis


Organizational Champion Award: MJM Management & Mary McCue

Unsung Hero Award: Paige Scott, Yerba Buena Bowling & Skating Center


Organizational Champion – City Target

Unsung Hero – Cathy Pickering


Organizational Champion – Moscone Center, Managed by SMG

Unsung Hero – Joe Brennan, San Francisco Modern Museum of Art (SFMOMA)


Organizational Champion – Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Unsung Hero – Kenneth Foster, Yerba Buena Center of the Arts


Organizational Champion – Jim Chappell, SPUR

Unsung Hero – The Contemporary Jewish Museum


Organizational Champion – Westfield/Heather Almond

Unsung Hero – Sean Jeffries, Millennium Partners


Organizational Champion – Forest City Development/Natalie Berg

Unsung Hero – Julie Burford, The Moscone Center


Organizational Champion – San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Unsung Hero – William Carney


Organizational Champion – The Related Companies of California

Unsung Hero – Jack Moerschbaecher, City and County of SF Facilities Director

Our 2015 Yerba Buena Alliance Gala Sponsors

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