Meet the Board

Christopher Schulman, President of the Board

General Manager, Grassroots

President of the Lower Polk CBD Board

Mr. Schulman has lived in the Lower Polk neighborhood for the past 14 years. He has been involved in neighborhood associations for the past 11 years, including being on the board of the Lower Polk neighbors for much of those 11 years, steering committee for the Lower Polk Community Benefit District and now the Board President.

Al Casciato, Vice President of the Board 

Senior VP of Business Development, Bovis Foods

Vice-Chair Al Casciato is the Senior VP of Business Development for Bovis Foods representing Spinnerrie Resturant and property ownership on the CBD.

Al is a Retired SFPD Captain who once commanded the Northern Station. He is a San Francisco native who attended and graduated from Sacred Heart HS, CCSF and San Francisco State with a degree in Urban Studies.

He is very focused on addressing issues involving the mentally ill and homeless members of our community.

Raul Avila, Treasurer 

PTC Chair, Redding Elementary

Raul began a career in Broadcast advertising for the Latin market at Mendoza, Dillon & Associates in 1990 in Los Angeles, California.  He was recruited in 1999 by the prestigious Goodby, Silverstein & Partners of San Francisco, California, where he worked on clients such as Got Milk, eTrade, and Budweiser. With the birth of his daughter, Elie, in 2006, Raul decided to become a full-time stay-at-home dad. Since then, he’s raised two more beautiful children, Ine and Emil, who are also students at Redding Elementary. Raul has served at Redding as PTC chair for the past 6 years and has lived in the neighborhood since 2000.

Bhavana Manchanda, Board Member

Director of Development, San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR)

Bhavana Manchanda is currently the Director of Development at San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR), the city’s community based rape crisis center and the primary provider of rape crisis services. She has been a part of the movement to end violence against women and children for over fifteen years. As a resident of the Lower Polk neighborhood, Bhavana remains committed to addressing quality of life issues to ensure that the neighborhood remains vibrant, diverse, inclusive and provides a safe community for its residents.

Lindsey Fisher, Board Member

Development Manager, Pacific Eagle

Lindsey Fisher is a Bay Area native and a long-time resident of San Francisco. She serves as Development Manager at Pacific Eagle where she coordinates the company’s development, sales, and marketing efforts. She oversees development projects around the country, including The Austin 1545 Pine St., and coordinates community outreach and corporate public relations strategy.

Ms. Fisher began her career in commercial real estate with Cushman & Wakefield managing a 1 million square foot trophy property comprising a Class-A office space and approximately 100,000 square feet of retail located in Downtown San Francisco. Ms. Fisher has a firm understanding of neighborhood involvement and is interested in collaborative projects between public and private entities in emerging neighborhoods.

 Mike Petricca , Board Member 

Vice President of Campus Safety, Academy of Art University

Mr. Petricca worked as the Chief of Police in Webster City, Iowa from 1987 to 1996. He was the department head of an innovative Police Department with 15 sworn and 6 civilian employees.  As Chief of Police, he coordinated the state-wide narcotics task force and implemented crime-prevention strategies locally.  Mr. Petricca was also Chief of Police in Sac City, Iowa from 1984 to 1987.

Mr. Petricca received his Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Central Missouri State University in 1986. He also taught as an Adjunct Professor at Iowa Central Community College and Buena Vista College.

Vahram Massenhian, Board Member

Senior Project Manager, CPMC

Vahram serves as senior project manager for enterprise development at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC).  He’s also CPMC’s compliance officer to ensure adherence to its development agreement with the City of San Francisco.  Prior to CPMC, Vahram worked for the University of California San Francisco on the Mission Bay development and is an alum of the San Francisco Planning Department.

Vahram has lived in San Francisco since 2002, where he is raising his daughter.