• Todd Rufo

    Director, San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development

    Todd Rufo is the Director of the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), whose mission is to create shared prosperity for all San Franciscans by growing good jobs, training and connecting residents to those jobs, supporting our small businesses, creating great places to live and work, and helping constituents achieve economic self-sufficiency. OEWD provides city-wide leadership for workforce development, business development, neighborhood economic development, film, international business, small business and development planning. Appointed by San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee in 2012, Todd previously worked in economic development for the City of New York and San Jose.

    As Director, Todd leads the implementation of the Mayor’s 17-Point Jobs Plan to attract, retain and grow jobs as well as train, prepare and connect San Franciscans to those jobs including:
    • Retaining and growing jobs in key sectors through the launch of targeted sector strategies in manufacturing, tech, the life sciences, nightlife and the non-profit sectors
    • Opening new markets through the development and launch of new international business development initiatives focused on China, Southeast Asia and Latin America
    • Strengthening San Francisco neighborhoods through the launch of Invest in Neighborhoods, a new citywide initiative focused on 25 commercial corridors throughout San Francisco including the revitalization of Central Market
    • The development and expansion of a broad suite of business assistance programs including small business loans, capital investments, technical assistance, disaster recovery and neighborhood marketing
    • The expansion of workforce sector training programs in construction, technology, health care, hospitality and the Mayor’s youth employment initiative – Youth Jobs+
    • Long range planning including the update of the City’s Economic Strategy and the development of the City’s Economic Resiliency Plan, a first in the nation strategy to respond to any future economic downturn
    • Business streamlining initiatives including the launch of the Small Business Acceleration program and the San Francisco Business Portal, an award-winning business assistance tool for small business.

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