Jeanine DeBacker is a partner with the law firm
of Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP. She is a member of the firm's
employment and employee benefit practice group. Jeanine counsels
employers on human resource and employment law issues. She also defends
employers in sexual harassment, race and age discrimination, wrongful
discharge and other employment-related claims in state and federal
court and before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and
the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She has also appeared
many times before the California Labor Commissioner, successfully
representing clients in wage and hour claims, bonus/commission and
other compensation claims.
Jeanine is a member of the International
Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists and represents
qualified retirement plans, 401(k) plans and multiemployer plans
in litigation and before government agencies. She works with clients
regarding plan administration, qualification and participant communication.
Jeanine regularly speaks before groups,
including human resource professionals, regarding employment and
employee benefits issues.
Baker has been passionate about promoting transportation
alternatives for the past 14 years. He currently consults with
companies providing transit benefits and manages a foundation dedicated
to funding urban-based environmental projects (www.enviro-urban.org).
As Vice President of Marketing for Accor Services USA, he worked
to combine the emerging national awareness of the environment into
successful campaigns to increase use of transit benefits. As President
of Commuter Benefits Management, Inc., he built a user-friendly
online transit-based benefit solution for Fortune 500 companies
(the company was purchased by Accor). He has also managed the transit
benefit program for 2,500 City/County of San Francisco employees.
He has provided training programs services for Employee Transportation
Coordinators (ETC) and managed numerous programs at the Bay Area’s
regional rideshare organization (RIDES), including a compressed
natural gas-powered vanpool fleet.
Daniel McCoy is Associate Director for Corporate Transportation at
Genentech, known internally as the gRide program, which provides
transit shuttles, motorcoach community shuttles, bicycle locker and
towel services, cash incentives, as well as transit and vanpooling
subsidies under the IRS Transportation Fringe Benefits rule.
Ross Mirkarimi (pronounced Meehr-kah-reem-E) was born in
Chicago in 1961 to a Persian father and a Russian-American mother,
Nancy Kolman. Ross spent most of his youth in Jamestown, Rhode Island,
as well as Chicago.
As an undergraduate student in St. Louis, majoring
in political science and Russian language and literature, Ross became
intensely involved as president of the Missouri Public Interest Research
Group, representing both Washington University and St. Louis University.
Eventually, he was elected student body president.
With the aim of joining the
Foreign Service, he finished his degree at the Monterey Institute
of International Studies in 1984. During his first time in California,
Ross was immediately smitten with San Francisco, making it his new
home, starting in the Haight.
He joined the office of Supervisor Terence
Hallinan and directed Hallinan's successful campaign for District
Attorney in 1995 and his reelection in 1999.
Ross worked for the District
Attorney's Office as an investigator specializing in economic and
environmental crimes. His training includes graduating from the SFPD
Academy (class president), and the Federal Law Enforcement Training
Center in Glynco, GA. As a sworn peace officer, he held an advanced
He broke one of the city's landmark white-collar
crime cases that resulted in the successful prosecution against the
Old Republic Title Company.
Ross took a leave of absence from the
D.A.'s office in mid-2004 to run for his first elected office. In
a field of 22 candidates, he won the race to become Supervisor of
District 5 with encompasses Hayes Valley, Western Addition (Fillmore),
Japantown, Lower Pacific Heights, Lower Haight/Haight-Ashbury, North
of the Panhandle, Cole Valley, and the Inner Sunset neighborhoods.
2008, Mirkarimi introduced the nation's first Commuter Benefits ordinance
which went into effect in January 2009. Click
here for more information about the Ordinance