Amy Tharpe was appointed Director of the Social Responsibility Division (SRD) on March 14, 2013. She is responsible for partnering with the community and businesses to promote positive social and economic changes, and develop a social responsibility strategy that will add value to the Port’s business development activities and to the communities in Oakland and throughout the region. Prior to being hired by the Port, Ms. Tharpe managed San Francisco’s HOPE SF Initiative. In this role, she served as the city lead on programmatic aspects the initiative which included real estate development strategies, policy development, human capital/services program design, resource development, evaluation and communications. Prior to assuming that role, Ms. Tharpe served as the Director of Policy and Planning for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing. Ms. Tharpe has also held positions with the Fannie Mae Foundation, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development of the District of Columbia as well as other civic and charitable organizations. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley and her Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University.