Six high achievers on our radar, from Bay Area heavyweights to the next generation shaking things up
Dr. Marcy Adelman
In 1998, the clinical psychologist and her late partner, Jeanette Gurevitch, co-founded Openhouse, a nonprofit with a vision of developing affordable housing for LGBT seniors; this fall, with the help of the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Mercy Housing California, that vision becomes reality at 55 Laguna Street with the addition of 79 more senior homes at the brand-new Openhouse Community. Fittingly, Adelman was recently picked to be a 2017 Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshal at the San Francisco Pride celebration.
Congrats to the Big Night restaurateur on the opening of Petit Marlowe, her latest hotspot with partners James Nicholas and Jennifer Puccio. The Paris-inspired wine bar and oysterette is the sister restaurant to Marlowe, the Park Tavern and Leo’s Oyster Bar, to name a few culinary gems. These eateries stand out not just for their crowd-pleasing menus, but also because they “become part of the fabric of people’s lives,” Weinberg says. At Petit Marlowe, try the All Day Avocado Toast, Scallop Tartare and rosé ice cream—you may request seconds.
If you’re still wallowing in post-election blues, Krafchin has the cure to swing you back into action. The Oakland-based entrepreneur launched Swing Left with wife Miriam Stone and best friend Ethan Todras-Whitehill to connect citizens with their nearest swing districts in an effort to tip the balance of the U.S. House toward Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections. He says: “By far the best part was getting to work closely with a number of brilliant friends (old and new) who came together selflessly and passionately to make something remarkable out of our sadness.”
After 18 years, the San Francisco Symphony is ready to give a warm welcome to its fifth and newest executive director, replacing Brent Assink. The 43-year-old’s previous position was at the Houston Symphony, where he worked to secure its financial standing and expand its cultural footprint. Hanson, who starts in September, praises the Symphony’s “record of artistic accomplishment, thoughtful innovation, community engagement and economic impact achieved over its first 105 years.” Welcome to SF, Mark!
It was 1979 when Poland changed the commercial real estate development game in San Francisco by founding the Bay West Group, a company that owns, oversees and develops many well-known institutions, such as the San Francisco Design Center and the Galleria. Now, almost 40 years later, he continues to make a splash in our neck of the woods, with his recent and generous $1 million donations to both the San Francisco Guardsmen and the Olympic Club Foundation, which raise money for underserved children.
Beast Mode is back! And he’s more popular than ever. The Oakland native and newly minted Raiders running back, beloved in the Bay Area since his days dominating the field at Berkeley, begins his first preseason game with the Raiders on August 12, when they take on the Arizona Cardinals. In a recent interview, he told reporters he escaped retirement after just one year when he heard that the Raiders planned to move to Vegas. “Just to play in Oakland is a dream come true,” said Lynch, adding that now kids would get to root for their hometown hero.