Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers in March

Illustrations by Iris Lei

Steph and Ayesha Curry

Between their charity work, respective careers as the Golden State Warriors’ golden boy and one of the City’s most famous restaurateurs, Steph and Ayesha Curry are honorary fixtures on the Gazette’s monthly list of people making moves. But recently, it was announced that the couple and their three kids would literally move — to a flashy downtown San Francisco condominium tower that would make John Sobrato blush. The Currys’ new crash pad is located on the 30th floor of the Four Seasons Private Residences at 706 Mission Street, with sweeping views of the City and 2,800 square feet of space. Casual! The luxury condo tower will officially open in June and is conveniently located a skip away from Ayesha’s globally influenced restaurant, International Smoke, and two miles from Steph’s other new home, the Chase Center. See you on this side of the Bay, Currys.

Anne Lai

Long before Lai was appointed as SFFILM’s new executive director, she was championing Bay Area filmmakers. As director of creative producing and artist support at Sundance Institute, she supported Joe Talbot’s all-too-real gentrification tale, Last Black Man in San Francisco, Boots Riley’s Oakland-set sci-fi flick, Sorry to Bother You, and Ryan Coogler’s stunning debut feature, Fruitvale Station. She’s got good taste. Lai will step into her leadership position on March 11, with support from SFFILM’s board president, Nion McEvoy. “We are excited to have Anne,” McEvoys ays, “with her incredible vision, exceptional leadership and management skills, distinct perspective, and deep industry knowledge, at the helm of SFFILM.” Lai steps into her role on the brink of the San Francisco International Film Festival, happening April 8 through April 21. Says Lai, “I’m thrilled and honored to be joining SFFILM, an organization I have long admired for its world-class programs and curation.”

Roland Passot

Passot, the convivial Frenchman who made a lasting impression on San Francisco with his iconic dining institution, La Folie, announced that he’d be closing the restaurant’s doors after 32 years of shelling out modern French cuisine. La Folie Lounge, amore casual — nonetheless delicious — offshoot that opened in 2009 will be shuttering as well. You’re thinking: Roland, why call it quits on two restaurants that continue to be dining destinations on Russian Hill? That are still raking in stellar reviews from discerning San Francisco diners? “I want to enjoy life a little,” Passot told the Chronicle — and seriously, with the chef well into his 60s, who can be mad at that? The City’s Francophile community needn’t hang up their berets in protest so soon: The restaurateur’s other French venture, Left Bank Brasserie, is still surging with Passot’s carefree energy with locations across the Bay.

Conor Dougherty

Dougherty has done a rare thing. With the release of his first book last month, Golden Gates: Fighting For Housing in America, he’s captured the ripple effect of the Bay Area housing crisis — with all of its layers and paradoxes — in a way that’s (gasp!) actually enjoyable. “It’s a book that revels in complexity,” he tells the Gazette, “but it’s not complex to read.” The New York Times economics reporter lives in Oakland, and has covered this topic in his native Bay Area for years. With Golden Gates, he chronicles the Bay’s ongoing drama through a real-life cast of characters, whose motivations, though wildly different, interlock along the way. Among them: the co-founder of the YIMBY movement, an activist teenager, and a real estate mogul nun buying up affordable housing. It’s a book that is both nuanced and far-reaching, not unlike the housing crisis itself. Dougherty will be discussing Golden Gates at the Commonwealth Club on March 4 at 6:30 p.m. (Don’t miss this, reader — talking to Conor is like cracking open an encyclopedia on this stuff.)

Alyssa Nakken

The San Francisco Giants assistant coach’s career trajectory can prompt even the best of us to take along, hard look in the mirror. Most 29-year-olds are still freefalling into adulthood, trying to grasp concepts like doing taxes and separating whites from colors — not becoming the first female coach to break into Major League Baseball. It’s the kind of come-up story that gives other ambitious twentysomethings hope and makes the rest of us think: “What the hell was I doing at that age?” Starting as an intern in 2014, Nakken worked her way up the Giants’ ranks — from baseball relations to amateur draft projects, international operations, player development and more — before manager Gabe Kapler offered her the job at the start of this year. Word on the street is that she’s already proved herself an asset, pumping fresh blood into the team’s clubhouse culture. “It’s the best office in the league,” she said in an interview while looking out onto Oracle Park.

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