Gwyneth Borden

Executive Director

"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 GGRA, Gwyneth spent 10 years at IBM as the Manager of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs. Gwyneth is also Vice Chair of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.  She also serves on the boards of SF Travel, Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, SFFILM and Wells Fargo's Community Advisory Board.  Previous roles include Planning Commissioner for the City and County of San Francisco, Director of Government Relations for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, legislative aide to 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 Forever an Influential Woman in Bay Area Business by the San Francisco Business Times in 2016, after being on their Influential list multiple years, and was previously recognized as an Industry Leader by Professional Business Women of California in 2013.

Kory Cogdill

MARKETING DIRECTOR

"You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together. "

- Anthony Bourdain

Kory was born outside Chicago and grew up performing in the arts. Naturally to pay the rent he started serving tables in restaurants and quickly moved into management falling in love with the hospitality and events industry. Since arriving in SF eight years ago Kory has worked for the Tacolicious restaurant group in many capacities including sales, events, marketing and public relations. Thrilled to be part of the GGRA Kory is looking forward to working more broadly with the dynamic SF restaurant industry.

Chhavi Sahni

Operations & Policy Manager

"If you are what you eat, then I only wanna eat the good stuff."

- Remy, Ratatouille

Chhavi Sahni, is the Education 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.

Alex Wagner

Administrative Coordinator

""Food is our common ground, a universal experience.""

- James Beard

Alex Wagner comes to GGRA with a background in event planning and experience in the restaurant industry. While in college, Alex became a line cook at a farm to table restaurant in Winters, CA. In search of blending both her passion for events and the restaurant industry, Alex joined us as a Marketing and Communications Summer Intern for Eat Drink SF in 2018 and has since transitioned into her role as Administrative and Social Media Coordinator. She is eager to support and continue to grow our community while exploring the Bay Area’s incredible food scene!

Scott Tashjian

Events & Sponsorship Manager

"Life is short. Eat dessert first."

- Jacques Torres

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.