It was a privilege talking to San Francisco's illustrious former mayor Willie Brown about the public-service fellowship program he started at San Francisco State's College of Health and Social Sciences. But meeting some of the program's actual participants was equally impressive. The public sector will be in good hands when this crop of newcomers takes the reins.
With its gilded dome, grand staircase and formally dressed wedding couples posing for photos that will last a lifetime, San Francisco City Hall is a character in every story that plays out there. Jared Walker remembers when it entered his life: on the first day of his internship with the Office of the City Administrator as a Willie Brown Fellow. “When I first walked in there I was like…” — he takes a deep breath and exhales with a whoa — “I felt like this was a big chapter coming up.” Read more