The CMAC Advisory Board is comprised of outstanding individuals who provide a wealth of experience, knowledge, guidance and assistance to the CMAC Board of Directors. Their contributions will help guide CMAC’s vision, build organizational capacity and support programming.
Sean Manchester, General Partner at THIRTYONE MADISON
Sean Manchester has a diverse background in the entertainment and service industry spanning 20 plus years. He has developed and managed a variety of concepts, ranging from intimate cafes and bistros to multi-million dollar clubs and restaurant properties. Sean has been consistently recruited to guide numerous high-profile projects from intitial inspiration to fully operational venues. He is multi disciplined working on everything from concept development and build out to pre-opening and on-going operations. He has held key executive positions at many global organizations, including his most recent position at Ian Schrager Hotels. As Vice President, Sean was responsible for the nightlife and entertainment offerings at all Schrager hotels worldwide.
In addition to Mr Manchester's involvement with Ian Schrader, he and his wife Isabel are the partners behind ThirtyOne/Madison, a hospitality and entertainment company, and the owners and operators of Mighty, Chambers eat + drink, Project One and The Phoenix Hotel.
Gabriel Metcalf, SPUR
Gabriel Metcalf is the executive director of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), a nonprofit membership organization that promotes good planning and good government through research, education and advocacy. Under Gabriel’s leadership, SPUR has grown dramatically in influence and membership.
Gabriel has authored or co-authored such notable articles as "The Northern California Megaregion" (2007), "Civic Planning in America" (2007), "Regional Planning without Regional Government" (2004), "Democracy and Planning" (2003), Vision of A Place: A Guide to the San Francisco General Plan (2002) and "City of Safety" (2001).
Before becoming executive director in 2005, Metcalf headed up SPUR’s policy and advocacy work for five years. Prior to working at SPUR, he worked for The Bay Institute, an environmental organization focused on California water policy. He was also a co-founder and, for many years, Board Chairman of City CarShare.
A frequent writer and speaker on planning and policy topics, Gabriel earned a Master’s degree in city planning from the University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design.
Brenda Miller, Ph.D.
Brenda A. Miller, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) which is a non-profit, private organization. She is funded by the National Institutes of Health to conduct research studies on clubs and has been doing this work for the past 10 years. Most of her club research has been conducted in San Francisco but she has also done club research in Washington, DC and São Paulo, Brazil. She has worked closely with nightlife experts, club managers and staff to develop and test a way to intervene early with problem behaviors among patrons related to overuse of alcohol/drugs, physical or sexual aggression. Her research team has conducted patron surveys with over 2000 patrons in the San Francisco area. Key findings of importance to the club community are: (1) Safety is good business—safer patrons are significantly more likely to return to the club; (2) Alcohol/drug pre-loading patrons present a substantial management problem—on average, 15 out of every 100 patrons arrive at the club already legally intoxicated due to alcohol; (3) Simple techniques to intervene with problem patrons can be taught to all staff in the club and can make a difference in the overall management of the club. She joins CMAC Educational committee in an effort to provide the entertainment community with research that can help to make a difference.
Alix Rosenthal, Esq.
Alix got her start in San Francisco politics with her appointment to the newly created Elections Commission in 2002. As its Vice President and then President, in those first few years, Alix helped turn around a badly managed Elections Department. Four years later, at the urging of friends in the progressive movement, Alix ran for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in District 8. To the surprise of many (including herself), she garnered 30% of the vote against a formidable and well-liked opponent. In June 2010, Alix was elected to the SF Democratic County Central Committee, the governing body of the San Francisco Democratic Party. She currently serves as its Treasurer.
A longtime Burning Man enthusiast, Alix sits on the Board of Directors of the Black Rock Arts Foundation, which promotes civic engagement by placing interactive public art projects around the world. Alix has also helped organize popular movements to save a variety of cultural traditions in San Francisco including Halloween in the Castro and Bay to Breakers.
Until recently, Alix worked as a Deputy City Attorney in Oakland. She has left the City Attorney’s Office to go back into private practice and expand her advocacy work.
Michael Winger, San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy (GRAMMYS)
Michael Winger serves as the President of the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy (GRAMMYS), an organization that among its many objectives, advocates for recording artists in Congress, helps musicians in needs, funds recovery effort for the music community in New Orleans, and is responsible for the Grammy awards. He is also the Co-Founder of Flying Kitchen Mobile Recording. In this role, he has recorded hundreds of live performances by artists such as Jason Mraz, Regina Spektor, Tom Petty and Feist.
The producer and arranger of live performance sound design for Kronos Quartet and other avant-garde classical groups, Winger is also an independent producer and partner at 1340 Mission Studios, a historic Bill Putnam designed room in San Francisco. He is also a musician, songwriter and one half of the electro-dance-rock power duo Super Adventure Club in which he plays bass, keyboards and sings simultaneously.
Mike Zuckerman, Temple Nightclub/3rdSpaces
Mike Zuckerman is the founder of 3rdSpaces and Director of Sustainability for San Francisco’s Award Winning Temple Nightclub. (2008 San Francisco Small Business of the Year and Treehuggers Greenest Nightclub in the World in 2009) Under his guidance Temple has established industry-wide best practices in resource conservation, boasting an 89% diversion from landfill rate. Zuckerman's goal is to implement similar initiatives through 3rdSpaces in all of the venues in SF and beyond. He frequently speaks publicly about the intersection of Entertainment and Sustainability including moderating the Miami Winter Music Conferences panel Greening the Entertainment Industry. Zuckerman was an original Advisory Council member for the UN's Business Council on Climate Change and sits on the Board of Directors for GreenLaces.org. Zuckerman's work has been written about in the NY Times, WSJ, Boston Globe.