"We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly."
- Anna Thomas
A lifelong lover of food being the granddaughter of farmers, Gwyneth joined the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA) as the Executive Director in February 2014. Prior to coming onboard, Gwyneth spent 10 years at IBM as the Manager of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs. Gwyneth is also a Director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and Commissioner, San Francisco Parking Authority, following six years of service as a Planning Commissioner for the City and County of San Francisco. Prior to IBM, Gwyneth was the Director of Government Relations for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, a legislative aide then San Francisco Supervisor Gavin Newsom, and a staff assistant in U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer's office. Gwyneth is involved in a number of civic and philanthropic organizations and has received numerous awards for her leadership, including being named by the San Francisco Business Times as an Influential Woman in Bay Area Business in 2014, and was previously recognized as an Industry Leader by Professional Business Women of California in 2013.
"There's peaches on the shelf, potatoes in the bin. Supper's ready, everybody come on in."
- Canned Goods, Greg Brown
Donnalyn's career at the GGRA began in 2001, giving her resident sage status among our ranks. She leads GGRA’s efforts to educate members, oversees the GGRA’s Food Safety Certification Program, and directs the GGRA Scholarship Foundation that provides annual scholarships to students working their way up in the industry. Donnalyn sits on advisory boards for City College Culinary and Hospitality program, San Francisco State University Hospitality Management and SFUSD Academy of Hospitality & Tourism, to assist students with job shadow or internship opportunities. In the greater community she supports Old Skool Café by providing California Food Handler Card exams to their student-workers, and she works cooperatively with Self Help for the Elderly to direct industry workers looking for additional training to the Worker Training Classes at CCSF’s new Chinatown North Beach Annex Campus.
Yuliya is Ukraine-born and San Francisco raised. She leads GGRA’s efforts to share its story, continue to increase its value proposition to its members, and grow its community. She has worked in hospitality, as a marketing and business strategy consultant, and most recently for the Google Food program. (She also does a killer impression of Fran Drescher, just ask.)
Operations & Policy Manager
"If you are what you eat, then I only wanna eat the good stuff."
- Remy, Ratatouille
Chhavi Sahni, is the Operations and Policy Manager at the GGRA! Born and raised in the Bay Area, Chhavi has always been a supporter of the local restaurant industry. She manages office operations while leading research and communication on policy issues to our member community. Prior to joining the GGRA, Chhavi spent four years at Gap Inc. before entering the non-profit world as a Special Projects Manager for the International Ocean Film Festival. When she's not helping out at her parents’ ethnic grocery store, Apna Bazaar in Antioch, you can find her indulging on a donut from Bob's, a slice of pizza from Golden Boys or a char siu bao from any of her neighborhood eateries. Chhavi earned her degree in International Relations- Economics at the University of California, San Diego.
A Massachusetts native and lifelong lover of all things food, Scott leads the GGRA events and sponsorship efforts for the Saucy Awards, The GGRA’s annual industry conference and Eat Drink SF. Prior to joining the GGRA, Scott was marketing and events manager at Where Magazine for three years and events manager at a Bay Area startup. He’s super excited to support and promote the best culinary city in America! Scott is an active member in the community as president of Providence College’s Bay Area alumni chapter and Echelon, The Salvation Army’s young advisory board, where he serves as corporate relations chair. A proud North Beach resident for over 4 years, he can often be found enjoying his favorite local dishes such as the gnocchi role at the Italian Homemade or meatball panini at Mario’s Cafe.