Jamal Cool

Alan Lau

Jim Laufenberg

Alex Harken

Board Members

Hubert Ban
Brian Gougherty
Crispin Hollings
Peter Laska
Helen McClure
Pat Sahagun
Justine Shoemaker


Jamal Cool was born in San Francisco’s Western Addition and grew up in the Castro.  As a proud San Franciscan and Castro resident, his goal in joining the CBD is to help ensure the Castro remains the vibrant, forward-looking and inclusive neighborhood in which he grew up – a neighborhood sensitive to the needs of all those who reside within it.

Brian Gougherty works for a non-profit, lives on Collingwood Street, helps with the gardens at Harvey Milk Plaza, and bikes the entire length of the CBD every day.

Alex Harken has been a resident of the district for over six years and is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He is also on the Board of the LGBT Center of SF and the Audit Committee Chairman of the Horizons Foundation.

Crispin Hollings has been a resident of the Castro neighborhood since 1990. He has been active in many local community organizations ever since. He served as board president for the Castro Country Club, the Metropolitan Community Church. Crispin is an active member of the Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association (EVNA) and also serves on the boards of the San Francisco Municipal Executives Association (the City’s managers’ union) and the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. He also volunteers as an instructor with the San Francisco Sundance Saloon. He currently works as the Chief Financial Officer for the San Francisco Sheriff and lives on Collingwood Street with his husband Luis.

Peter Laska has been a district and surrounding area resident for 21 of the past 30 years. A former architect and planner, he now works in technology for Real Estate, Design and Construction.

Alan Lau is a property owner in the district whose family has lived and worked in the Castro for more than 55 years. He has a background in technology, volunteering for non-profits and property management, and his goal is to improve the experience of living, visiting and working in the district.

Jim Laufenberg has been a property owner and resident in the area since 1990 and works within the district at Coldwell Banker.

Pat Sahagun is a native San Franciscan who is also a Castro small business owner of 35 plus years.

Justine Shoemaker is a native San Franciscan and serves as an Asset Manager for a Property Owner, with a large investment in the Castro and Upper Church and Market Neighborhood.  Her goal is to assist in efforts in planning and maintaining what makes this neighborhood so iconic, while intelligently developing and providing services and improvements that will help the community thrive.

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