Fernando Enciso-Márquez serves as Program Manager with the San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs. In this local government role, he oversees the Community Ambassadors Program, a neighborhood safety program and workforce development initiative for folks with barriers to employment . Since the start of the pandemic, his team of 20 ambassadors have served as disaster service workers across the city in a range of response efforts: assisting unhoused San Franciscans recover from COVID-19, serving over 500,000 meals to food-insecure communities though key partnerships, and supporting COVID-19 testing sites across the city. Fernando is a convener of civically-engaged leaders and initiatives to advance equity, opportunity, and social impact. As a community-based educator, he served as a 2019 US State Department Fulbright Scholar in his motherland of Cali, Colombia, where he researched the impact of university-community partnerships during the post-conflict period. He previously served as an educator with the University of San Francisco, where for six years he directed social change partnerships with over 40 nonprofit and grassroots advocacy organizations, and directed community-engagement internship programs primarily for first-generation students of color. He currently serves on the Board of Directors with Galeria de La Raza, and previously served on the SF School District's Public Education Enrichment Fund Advisory Committee, in which he and his appointed colleagues advocated for the allocation of $60 million in voter-approved funding for equitable change for San Francisco's 55,000 students. He holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco, and his outlook as a lifelong learner is driven by the mantra "always a student". Salsa music, hip-hop, wellness, and watching his niece Sofia grow during the pandemic are among the things he loves the most.
Program Manager- Community Ambassadors Program, City and County of San Francisco- Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs