Who We Are
Co-Chairs: Executive Council
The Executive Council is led by Katie Ferrick, Head of Community Relations and David Kaufman, Nixon Peabody & SF Chamber Foundation Board Chair.
Katie Ferrick works at the intersection of Social Impact, Public Policy, and Land use leading Community Relations efforts at LinkedIn. Katie moved to San Francisco in 1992 after earning a degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon, where she worked in sales and management roles. In 2001, she earned her Masters of Science degree in mental health Counseling from San Francisco State, followed by several years of civic commissions and volunteer roles in public schools. As a caseworker then Deputy District Director for Congresswoman Jackie Speier, she connected with a broad range of community needs and partnership models. In her role leading Community Relations at LinkedIn, she works to identify community needs that align with LinkedIn’s vision of creating economic opportunity, where she can leverage the strengths of LinkedIn as the world’s largest professional network to make a positive impact locally.
David Kaufman is the Director of Global Strategies at Nixon Peabody LLP. In his role, he manages and develops strategy for the firm’s International Practice, global offices, and relationships with law firms around the world. He has a long history of doing business in China, Canada, and Europe and has worked with NP’s China Practice since its creation. In addition to being Co-Chair of UniteSF, David is currently the Chair of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Bay Area chapter of Lawyers for Israel. He also serves on the Board and Executive Committee of San Francisco’s Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center.
All the original signers of UniteSF were invited to sit on the Executive Council. This group assists the co-chairs in the development of the framework and structure, metrics, long-term goals and strategy and reviews additional applicants to join the council.
City and County of San Francisco
- Department of Children Youth & Their Families
- Office of Mayor Edwin M. Lee
- Office of Economic & Workforce Development
- City College of San Francisco
- Golden Gate University
- San Francisco State
- UC Hastings College of Law
- UC San Francisco
- University of San Francisco
- University of the Pacific
- San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce
- Bay Area Council