YouthWorks is a job program that teaches young people job skills and help those with an interest in public service careers. They also help upcoming 11th and 12th graders obtain summer internships with San Francisco City Employees.
At the Mayor’s Office on Disability, we are happy to welcome our new staff at our office. Mr. Nathan Webb, Ms. Donna Adkins, and Mr. Tom Venizelos have just started working here but they bring with them a large amount of experience and knowledge.
Nathan Webb is MOD’s Public Service Aide and is probably the friendly voice on the phone when you call MOD. With a degree in mathematics and health insurance, Nathan has close relationships with the disabled community.
What Nathan likes about working at MOD is the culture. He likes that the office works directly with people with disabilities. He also appreciates being able to provide services to people with disabilities. He says that the culture at the office is both fast- paced and a peaceful environment. The time seems to fly by for the eight hours he works there. Nathan says he sees himself working at MOD for quite some time.
Donna is the Programmatic Access Specialist. She assists MOD in making sure all City & County funded services and activities are accessible to people with disabilities.
Having a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in disability studies, Donna worked at the Arc from 2001 to 2006. From there she worked at Social Vocational Services from 2007 to 2009. Along with working at MOD, Donna is also part of a state board for developmental disabilities. On the board, she works with service providers, regional centers, legislators, and parents to understand budget and policy issues that affect people with disabilities.
Donna heard about the MOD through an online job posting on the City’s Human Resources website. So far she likes the people because they’re friendly, helpful, and really passionate about their work. She hopes to work at MOD for a long time.
Our newest staff member Tom is MOD’s Architecture Access Compliance Officer. He does field inspections and reviews projects that are funded by the City and County of San Francisco.
With a 96 year old father- in-law who doesn’t really move that much anymore, and a family friend with a disability who passed away last year, Tom feels that he has some understanding to disability issues. Prior to coming to MOD, Tom was working at the Department Building Inspection.
Tom heard about MOD through many sources. He was aware of the office’s existence because the DBI would have cases for MOD if it was appropriate to review. He also knew Access Compliance Officer Jim Whipple and Director of MOD Carla Johnson.
Despite only being at MOD a week so far, what Tom likes about MOD is the cooperation, support, and the advice that he has received. He hopes to continue working at MOD for a long time.