Members and board

We’re the City Democratic Club.

We’re activists. We’re building owners. We’re IT professionals. We’re attorneys, publicists, cab drivers, staffers. We do what the City does and we are who the City is.

We’re united by our love for San Francisco. Our City is the best there is; we’re committed to keeping it that way. This is done not block by block, but seven miles by seven miles.

We’re active in our community. We’re dedicated to knowing the issues and to engaging with community leaders.

We’re happy you’re here.

2016 Executive Board

Kat Anderson, president

anderson-katKat Anderson is Administrative Officer/Local Representative of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, TNG-CWA Local 39521.  Mayor Edwin Lee appointed Kat to the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission in July 2016 for a four-year term.  She serves on the Commission’s Joint Zoo Committee as well.

Kat currently serves on the Democratic County Central Committee  as proxy for Board of Equalization Chair Fiona Ma.  From 2012 to 2016, Kat was Recording Secretary for the DCCC to which she was elected in Assembly District 19.

Kat is a 29-year resident of The City with a political science degree (economics minor) from Stanford University (With Distinction) and a law degree from U.C. Hastings College of the Law.  She is married to Dave Anderson, former First Assistant US Attorney in the Northern District of California. Their son and daughter were born and raised in The City and graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep.

Kat has worked in private practice for most of her legal career, specializing in labor and employment litigation. In 2010, Kat ran for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors (district 2) and she continues to serve her community as a volunteer on several boards including the Foundation of City College of San Francisco, Bishop’s Ranch (Episcopal conference center), and the Women’s Leadership Council of United Way of the Bay Area. She founded a mentorship training program for college journalism students called Bay News Rising, and established a scholarship at San Francisco State University for media studies.

A lifelong Democrat, Kat has been a City Democratic Club member since 2009 and has been on its executive board since 2014. She enjoys hiking, traveling, watching plays and going to concerts, and eating spicy food.

Michael Ho, first vice president

An old-timer at a San Francisco IT firm, Mike Ho first joined the City Democratic Club in the late 90s. A California native, Mike lived in six different states and the District of Columbia before settling in the Bay Area in the early 1990s.

He joined City Democratic Club soon after moving to San Francisco and has been on its executive board for more than ten non-consecutive years since then. He has been president since 2012.

His outside interests include music, books, piña coladas, and getting caught in the rain.

Michelle Parker, recording secretary

Clay Harrell, corresponding secretary

Steve la Plante, treasurer

Michael Breyer, member at large

Michael Breyer is President and co-founder of Courtroom Connect. He is a former San Francisco Library Commissioner, founder of the “Support Drafting Ed Lee for S.F. Mayor 2011” campaign and a general election candidate for the California State Assembly. Michael previously worked on the “Reinventing Government” initiative as a White House intern in the Office of the Vice President.

Michael has written articles for several publications including U.S. News and World Report and The New York Daily News. He has been a featured speaker at the Software & Information Industry Association conference, Court Technology Conference, LegalTech, and many other conferences.

Michael holds an MBA and a Public Management Program certificate from Stanford Business School and received a B.A. in Economics, with distinction and with departmental honors, from Stanford University.

Heidi Machen, member at large

Heidi Machen has been a California licensed attorney since 1996. A sole practitioner since 2009, Heidi has advised and represented hundreds of clients in matters of employment, regulatory and contracts law.  In 2013, she won her first jury trial representing a Plaintiff claiming employment-based disability harassment at San Francisco Superior Court, upheld on appeal. She is an alumna of San Francisco State University and UC Hastings College of the Law.  (www.machenlaw.com)

Prior to going into private practice, Heidi served in executive positions in local and regional government, chiefly focused on transportation policy and regulation, civil rights and public safety. Among her extracurricular activities, she swims and bikes, is an accomplished vegan cook, an amateur oil painter, and has been known to appear in live theater.