Al Casciato, President of the Board 

Senior VP of Business Development, Bovis Foods

Board President Al Casciato is the Senior VP of Business Development for Bovis Foods representing Spinnerrie Resturant and property ownership on the CBD.

Al is a Retired SFPD Captain who once commanded the Northern Station. He is a San Francisco native who attended and graduated from Sacred Heart HS, CCSF and San Francisco State with a degree in Urban Studies.

He is very focused on addressing issues involving the mentally ill and homeless members of our community.

Mike Petricca, Vice-President of the Board

Vice President of Campus Safety, Academy of Art University

Mr. Petricca worked as the Chief of Police in Webster City, Iowa from 1987 to 1996. He was the department head of an innovative Police Department with 15 sworn and 6 civilian employees.  As Chief of Police, he coordinated the state-wide narcotics task force and implemented crime-prevention strategies locally.  Mr. Petricca was also Chief of Police in Sac City, Iowa from 1984 to 1987.

Mr. Petricca received his Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Central Missouri State University in 1986. He also taught as an Adjunct Professor at Iowa Central Community College and Buena Vista College.

Raul Avila, Treasurer 

PTC Chair, Redding Elementary

Raul began a career in Broadcast advertising for the Latin market at Mendoza, Dillon & Associates in 1990 in Los Angeles, California.  He was recruited in 1999 by the prestigious Goodby, Silverstein & Partners of San Francisco, California, where he worked on clients such as Got Milk, eTrade, and Budweiser. With the birth of his daughter, Elie, in 2006, Raul decided to become a full-time stay-at-home dad. Since then, he’s raised two more beautiful children, Ine and Emil, who are also students at Redding Elementary. Raul has served at Redding as PTC chair for the past 6 years and has lived in the neighborhood since 2000.

Christopher Schulman, Board Member

General Manager, Grassroots

Mr. Schulman has lived in the Lower Polk neighborhood for the past 14 years. He has been involved in neighborhood associations for the past 11 years, including being on the board of the Lower Polk neighbors for much of those 11 years, steering committee for the Lower Polk Community Benefit District and now the Board President.

Vahram Massehian, Board Member

Senior Project Manager, CPMC

Vahram serves as senior project manager for enterprise development at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC).  He’s also CPMC’s compliance officer to ensure adherence to its development agreement with the City of San Francisco.  Prior to CPMC, Vahram worked for the University of California San Francisco on the Mission Bay development and is an alum of the San Francisco Planning Department.

Vahram has lived in San Francisco since 2002, where he is raising his daughter.

Tammy Gustin, Board Member

Founder, Sips N Sews

Tammy has a long background in the tech industry. During this time, she turned to sewing as a stress reliever. She eventually left tech to found Sips N Sews, with a mission to provide the sewists of San Francisco and the Bay Area a place to develop and exercise their creativity in sewing. Her goal is to create a community that puts sewing skills back on the list of life experiences.

Jimmy Consos, Board Member

Managing Partner, Pine Street Development

Pine Street Development is a San Francisco real estate development firm that owns and is rebuilding the classic Grubstake Diner.

Jimmy is a San Francisco Bay Area native and has a passion for the San Francisco community. He is a member of the Lower Polk Neighbors and participated in the Lower Polk Alley Initiative, focusing on Austin Alley.

Peter B. Jacobsen, Board Member

General Manager, Music City SF

Peter began working for Music City in 2015, where he is responsible for overseeing Music City’s development including an 18,000 ft2 renovation project for a new performance training facility and venue. He has been committed to creating an array of resources to serve community artists, including Music Communities for Change, a political action committee dedicated to unifying local musicians.

Peter is a born-and-raised San Franciscan; after graduating from SFSOTA he received his degree in music history from UCLA. He currently studies taiko drumming at the SF Taiko Dojo.