Board of Directors

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Frank Noto

PRESIDENT

Frank lives in the Golden Gate Heights neighborhood. He has been a homeowner for 30 years and works as a community organizer and researcher. Active in his neighborhood association, he heard too many stories from neighbors who suffered from automobile smash-and-grabs and home burglaries. Working with crime victims and neighborhood leaders, he helped found Stop Crime SF in 2016 to do something about it. Frank's first success was helping Westside neighbors in District 7 win a grant from City Hall to fund crime prevention tools such as security cameras and tracking devices. His next success was working with Supervisor Norman Yee on legislation to reduce rental car break-ins and the accessory crime they attract to neighborhoods. Frank is also heading an initiative to promote more accessible and transparent crime statistics in San Francisco — because he believes there’s some truth to the saying, “if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” Frank is always thinking about what’s next for Stop Crime SF.

 

Joel Engardio

VICE President

Joel lives in the Lakeshore neighborhood near Stonestown Mall. Joel writes an award-winning column for the San Francisco Examiner. He also works for a firm that helps tech start-ups market their ideas and products. Joel has been a San Francisco resident for nearly two decades after growing up in the Midwest. The rise in property crime in recent years hit home for Joel when two bicycles were stolen from his garage. Since then, he has met people who had their cars and homes broken into. Nearly every day he sees smashed glass on sidewalks and curbs. Joel joined Stop Crime SF after writing about it in his Examiner column. He was impressed with the grassroots approach and the focus of regular citizens holding every part of law enforcement accountable — the police, the prosecutors, the judges and the politicians. Joel helped Stop Crime SF craft a mission statement and looks forward to growing the group.

 
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Libby Dodd

DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AND DATA

Libby moved to San Francisco in the early 1980s and lives in the diverse District 10 — in a neighborhood bordering the Mission near Franklin Square Park. Living life at the heart of San Francisco’s gentrification crisis has given Libby a strong sense of the relationship between growing income inequality and the problem of property crime by career criminals across the city. This experience led her to serve on the San Francisco Civil Grand Jury from 2015 to 2016. She investigated and reported on the epidemic of auto burglaries, among other public safety issues. Libby joined Stop Crime SF to build upon her work with regular citizens who are committed to holding every part of the criminal justice system accountable and endorsing elected officials who consider public safety a priority. Libby holds a BA from the University of New Mexico and and MBA from Golden Gate University.

 
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Brigitte Churnin

Neighborhood OuTreach Director

Brigitte lives in the Balboa Terrace neighborhood. She raised her children in San Francisco. Brigitte joined Stop Crime SF because she felt City Hall wasn’t effectively dealing with the crime issue or listening to residents. “Groups like Stop Crime SF are crucial for allowing citizen's voices to be heard,” Brigitte said. “We need to hold our public officials accountable to the health, safety and legal standards governing our quality of life in San Francisco. Stop Crime SF gives us an opportunity to make our presence felt, and forms a bridge to building greater accountability.”

 

Jane West

LAW ENFORCEMENT LIAISON

Jane lives in the Golden Gate Heights neighborhood. She worked with her community to beautify the area by turning a public stairway into a mosaic of artistic tiles and creating gardens on the surrounding hillsides. But what was once a safe neighborhood saw a sudden and severe surge in crime. Jane and her neighbors wondered if flaws in the judicial system were to blame. So she became a founding member of Stop Crime SF. “I volunteer with Stop Crime SF because nothing will improve if you don’t become involved,” Jane says. She lets the District Attorney’s office know which court cases Stop Crime SF wants to follow and then confirms the dates for the group's volunteer court watchers. She also gets crime updates from local police stations. While Jane is camera-shy (she’d rather display a photo of the beautiful tiled steps), she looks forward to meeting and working with new volunteers. An excellent baker, she's always ready to greet newcomers with a smile and an apple tart!