Sheryl Evans Davis

Executive Director
San Francisco Human Rights Commission

Sheryl Evans Davis is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission (HRC). Her leadership fosters a collaborative of non-profit organizations, government departments, and community partners through addressing challenges facing low-income children, youth, families, and communities of color in the areas of equity, economic development, community health, and violence prevention. She holds a BA degree from San Francisco State University and Master's in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

Outmigration of African Americans In San Francisco: How Government Is Paying Attention

Articles like "Is San Francisco Losing Its Soul?” or “San Francisco’s Alarming Tech Bro Boom: What Is the Price of Change?” and “San Francisco’s Diversity Numbers Look More and More Like a Tech Company’s” have become the norm for characterizing the city. As the refrain goes, the rising cost of living in San Francisco is forcing out the city’s teachers and artists, who are being replaced by engineers and wealthy businesspeople drawn by the tech boom. The “Outmigration of Blacks” has been both a silent and apparent social issue in San Francisco, and the Bay area overall. With San Francisco being one of the most expensive cities to live in on the globe, much of community has wondered how local city government prioritizes this specific issue.

With robust, high impact priorities, the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, has engineered efforts on Equitable Access, Cannabis Equity Post-Legalization, the San Francisco Fair Chance ordinance, Tech Equity and LGBT Initiatives that address social issues with an intersectional framework. Director Sheryl Davis and Policy Advisor Aria Sa’id discuss how government institutions can address social inequity, systemic racism, and reduce the harms for communities affected by the “War on Drugs”, mass incarceration, economic inequality, and overall criminalization of poverty.

Speakers: Sheryl Evans Davis, Aria Sa'id