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IEEE San Francisco Communications Society and the Distinguished Lecture Tour Presents:

"California Emerging Technology Fund"
Connections for a Robust 21st Century CA Economy"

Speaker: Susan E. Walters

Date: Tuesday, September 21stnd, 2010, 6:30PM
Location: The California Public Utilities Commission, 505 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

California Emerging Technology Fund will present an overview of its background, strategic focus, current activities and accomplishments in closing the Digital Divide in a way that makes California more competitive.  This will include its work on the California Telehealth Network, ICT Digital Literacy Policy for California and securing federal stimulus funds for infrastructure and Internet adoption.

Susan E. Walters is the Senior Vice President of the California Emerging Technology Fund.  Susan joined the Fund after working as the Regional Director of Community Relations for Citibank in Southern California. Prior to  Citibank she operated a small consulting practice focusing on corporate social responsibility. 

The work focused on building strategic partnerships between nonprofit organizations and corporations, strategic planning, communications and marketing.  She has worked in myriad areas ranging from telecommunications policy, disability access to multimedia

Examples of her work include designing a highly successful technology job training program for low income adults and youth, creating a brand strategy for a buy local food campaign and marketing programs to reach emerging markets. 

Her firm’s clients included:  AOL, Verizon, Microsoft, Independent Television Service (ITVS), San Francisco Giants, Freddie  Mac Foundation, W. K. Kellogg Foundation and the FoodRoutes Network.

Susan has held executive positions in Communications and Marketing with Odwalla and Pacific Bell.  Prior to her work in the private sector Susan served as a senior staff member to Willie L. Brown, Jr. during his tenure as Speaker of the California Assembly. 

She is an alumna of the Coro Fellows Program, and received a Bachelor of
Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters of Public Policy degree from Claremont University. 

She serves of the Board of Directors for CD Tech, World Institute on Disability and the Center for Accessible Technology.

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The Public Utilities Commission is on the corner of Van Ness and McAllister diagonally across from City Hall. There is a parking lot on Franklin between McAllister and Golden Gate and underground lots at Opera Plaza on Golden Gate between Franklin and Van Ness and at Civic Center Plaza on McAllister between Polk and Larkin. Parking under the PUC is not open to the public. Parking meters west of Van Ness are inactive after 6:00 PM. Any bus running on VanNess will stop on the corner.

Coming from the East by BART or Metro, it is best to transfer to a No. 5 Bus going west at the Powel Street Station. Alternatively, it is a 5 to 10-minute walk from Civic Center Station and about the same from Van Ness Station.

Coming from the West by Metro or bus, transfer to a bus going North on Van Ness.
There are two entrances to the building.  One is under the state seal at the top of the steps on the corner of Van Ness and McAllister. The other is on Golden Gate between Franklin and Van Ness. The gates for both entrances close at 5:30 pm. It is better to use the Golden Gate entrance because the meeting room is just inside.