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San Francisco
Sir Francis Drake Hotel
450 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA  94102
United States of America

San Francisco Fire Chief Jeanine “Neen” Nicholson was sworn in as the 26th Fire Chief of San Francisco on May 6, 2019. She will talk about her background, the Fire Department's history, and her goals for the Department.

Chief Nicholson began her career with the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) in January of 1994 as a Firefighter EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). Over the years, she was promoted through the ranks of Firefighter Paramedic, Lieutenant, Captain, and Battalion Chief. She was appointed Deputy Chief of Administration in January 2018, where she oversaw a number of Divisions including Support Services, Training, Homeland Security, Human Resources, Investigative Services, and Assignment/Personnel Offices. Over her 24 years in operations, Chief Nicholson worked in every neighborhood in the city of San Francisco.

Chief Nicholson sustained second degree burns at an arson fire in 2009, where five other firefighters were injured, one critically. She is also a breast cancer survivor and served on the Board of the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation. Due to these, and other experiences, she not only understands all the risks that firefighters face but has become a proponent of efforts to prevent cancer and other injuries among firefighters.

Chief Nicholson has been committed to community service, both on and off the job. She taught for the SFFD’s NERT (Neighborhood Emergency Response Team), has volunteered at Camp Blaze (a leadership and empowerment camp for young women learning firefighting skills), the San Francisco SPCA and other community organizations. She graduated from Colgate University in New York with a BA in Sociology and Anthropology.

This is a regular membership meeting of The Rotary Club of San Francisco, open to all Rotarians, visiting Rotarians, prospective members, and guests.

Meeting Schedule:

12:00 Noon Registration & Networking
12:15 PM (sharp!) Meeting begins (club business first, followed by keynote speaker)
1:30 PM Meeting adjourns

Each luncheon ticket includes a three-course lunch. Tickets are $40 each; $35 for Club members who register online in advance (online registration closes at 5PM the day before the meeting). Payment by credit card or check is preferred. Tickets available for purchase only at the door.