Yerba Buena Alliance 26th Annual Gala

Join us for a spectacular evening showcasing the Yerba Buena neighborhood’s best with exceptional food and drinks in this amazing venue with incredible views of the Gardens and City skyline. The program celebrates the future of the Gardens, its’ community and our 2017 honorees. Mix, mingle and experience a Taste of Yerba Buena with the area’s best restaurants, signature cocktails, wine and sweet and savory treats.

Proceeds from the Gala support the Alliance’s mission of neighborhood community building and promote the Yerba Buena Neighborhood recognized as a model across the country for its diversity and interweaving of uses.

A Taste of the 2016 Gala

Wednesday, October 18th

City View at Metreon

Sponsor Reception: 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Gala & Program: 6:00 - 8:00 PM

2017 Gala Honorees

The gala recognizes the important work and contributions of an individual and institution and this year we will added the Guardians of the Gardens Award. Please join the Yerba Buena Alliance in celebrating our 2017 Honorees.

2017 Organizational Champion Award

Yerba Buena Community Benefit District

We recognize the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District (YBCBD) for its commitment to improve the quality of life of the eclectic mosaic that is the Yerba Buena community and through the establishment of the Yerba Buena Conservancy that will insure the future of the dynamic Yerba Buena neighborhood. Their mission is to provide programs that foster a safer and more secure community, create a cleaner and greener neighborhood, and reinforce the viability of our economic base.

2017 Unsung Hero Award

John Ratto

Senior Operations Manager of Recology Golden Gate, we honor him for helping to bring Yerba Buena to the forefront as one of the greenest neighborhoods in the world. As a Board Member of the Alliance John has been instrumental in helping all of our businesses and public areas meet and exceed our goal for conservation and awareness. And as a community advocate working with a variety of residential and business groups and non-profit organizations.

Guardian of the Gardens Award

Southern Station, SFPD

We recognize Southern Station of the SFPD for their true partnership and commitment to the future of the Yerba Buena community. Their dedication insures the continued growth of Yerba Buena by providing security, getting to know the community, creating an inviting and safe atmosphere and improving the quality of life for businesses, residents and visitors on a daily basis.

2017 Honorary Committee

Rev. Roberto Andrey

Saint Patrick Church

Toni Knorr

General Manager

St. Regis San Francisco

Supervisor London Breed


San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Elton Kwok

City Lead - SF Bay Area

We Work

The Honorable Willie L. Brown

Former Mayor

Marily Mondejar


Commission on Community & Investment Infrastructure

Joe D'Alessandro

President & CEO

San Francisco Travel

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

House Democratic Leader

United States Congress

Belva Davis

Retired Journalist

Paige Scott


Yerba Buena Ice Skating & Bowling Center

John Elbrling



Lori Starr

Executive Director

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Messay Girma

Facility Manager

Fifth & Mission Parking Garage

Candace Sue

Board President

Yerba Buena Community Benefit Disctrict

Linda Harrison

Executive Director

Museum of the African Diaspora

Jack Sylvan

Senior Vice President of Development

Forest City Enterprises

Superviosr Jane Kim

District 6 Supervisor

San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Carol M. Tang, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Children's Creativity Museum

Andrew M. Kluger

Chair, Board of Trustees

The Mexican Museum

Matt Witte

Managing Partner


2017 Gala Sponsors

A sincere THANK YOU to our GALA SPONSORS for their support of the Gala and the Yerba Buena Alliance!

Sponsors are being updated daily, please check back for more information.
To sponsor the Alliance Gala please contact Virginia Grande at 415.541.0312 or Email