Leadership | Yerba Buena Gardens



Board of Directors

Ken Bukowski, Chair
Director, Convention Facilities | City and County of San Francisco

Carol Tang, Vice Chair
Executive Director | Children’s Creativity Museum

David McKenzie, Secretary and Treasurer
SVP, Operations Risk | Wells Fargo

John Elberling
Executive Director | TODCO

Kate Faust
Interim Capital Planning Manager, Office of Resilience and Capital Planning | City and County of San Francisco

Aaron Grizzell
Chair | Yerba Buena Arts and Events
Executive Director | Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Community Foundation

Sean Jeffries
Vice President | 706 Mission Co/Millennium Partners

Lawrence Li
Strategy and Operations Director | SPUR

Andrico Penick
Director of Real Estate | City and County of San Francisco

Ralph Remington
Director of Cultural Affairs | City and County of San Francisco

Joaquin Torres
Assessor-Recorder | City and County of San Francisco

Helen Sause
Honorary Board Member


Scott Rowitz | YBGC Executive Director
Scott Rowitz | Executive Director

Scott Rowitz is a recognized leader in managing arts, culture, and public assembly facilities. He brings more than 25 years of leadership and management experience in non-profit, for-profit, and public sectors to the Yerba Buena Gardens Conservancy. He played an integral role in the Conservancy’s formation and was appointed Executive Director by the organization’s Board of Directors in August 2019. Previously, Scott served for ten years as COO and Managing Director at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts—one of the nation’s most innovative arts institutions and the cultural anchor in Yerba Buena Gardens—where he oversaw all business, financial, and operational functions. Scott served as Managing Director for the California Film Institute where he was in charge of operations and finance. Scott served as the Executive Director at the Denver Film Society for eight years, providing leadership and oversight for all business and artistic functions. During his tenure there, he quadrupled annual audience attendance, oversaw projects, and growth which dramatically increased the organization’s reserves, and created the infrastructure for a development project to create a permanent home for the organization. Scott has served on the boards of the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District, California Arts Advocates/Californians for the Arts, Scientific Cultural Facilities District Collaborative, and Colorado Festivals and Events Association, among others. He has served as a commissioner for the County of Marin, Cultural Services Commission, and was a community advisor on the Moscone Convention Center expansion project. Scott earned his MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from the University of Colorado, Denver, and a BA in history from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

  Scott Rowitz | Executive Director
  Jill Linwood | External Relations

  Bri Maughan | General Manager

  Tony Pellegrini | Capital + Operations Director

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