A Bittersweet Farewell from Liza Pratt

After more than four years with the Sunday Streets program, Program Director Liza Pratt returned to her home state of North Carolina to be closer to family and help grow fantastic organizations in the Charlotte area. Katy Birnbaum has capably assumed the Program Director role, and Event Coordinator Jeff Jelsma will handle event logistics and activity partner relationships. 

Liza has had her hands in nearly every aspect of Sunday Streets evolution, from beginning as a volunteer coordinator, to handling logistics, to overseeing the entire program. We recently sat down with Liza to chat about her experiences with Sunday Streets and our amazing community – you!

Sunday Streets: Tell us a little about your experiences with the Sunday Streets program.

Liza Pratt: After I attended Sunday Streets for the first time, I started volunteering because I thought it was so amazing and wanted to be a part of the magic. I’ve been fortunate to grow into different roles with the program as new opportunities became available.

SS: How has Sunday Streets changed during your time with the program?

LP: On the surface it may not look like much has changed, in terms of activities and schedule of events, but behind the scenes I think the program has grown and strengthened a lot. For one thing, the number of staff has doubled, so there’s more capacity to do more meaningful community engagement, strengthen partnerships, recruit activity partners, and support volunteers. Sunday Streets is well-poised to step it up to the next level!

SS: What is your favorite memory from Sunday Streets?

LP: Too many to choose from. I did love talking to people attending Sunday Streets for the first time. So many would say, “Oh, this is amazing. Is this every week?”

SS: You helped grow Sunday Streets’ volunteer program into a 400+ person team, now lead by Joelle Burila. Are there any volunteers or volunteer moments that stand out for you?

LP: Again, so many. I won’t list them all because there’s not enough space. I have met many amazing people through Sunday Streets over the years. It’s been a privilege to work with and learn from so many fantastic people. That said, the team from my first year in 2012 will always hold a special place in my heart, especially those who are still volunteering four years later.

SS: What is your vision for the future of Sunday Streets?

LP: To be able to say “yes!” when those people discovering Sunday Streets for the first time ask “is this every week?” There’s such demand for it. I’d love to see Sunday Streets even more just a way of life in San Francisco. It’s there for you every week. It’s how you get around town, it’s where you go to exercise, play, meet people. It’s Sunday in San Francisco.

SS: Is there anything else you’d like to share?

LP: Thanks to everyone who’s been a part of my time with Sunday Streets, and thanks to everyone keeping it going! If you want to help grow the program, there are so many ways to get involved or donate. I can’t wait to come back and visit.

Liza's Farewell Toast

Liza (center) shares one last drink with a few of the hundreds of volunteers who make up the Sunday Streets team.

Now Hiring!

Now Hiring! Sunday Streets Events Coordinator/Manager

Livable City is hiring an Events Coordinator/Manager (DOE). This position will report directly to the Sunday Streets Director and have general responsibility for the logistics and activity planning of each Sunday Streets event. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Position open until filled. See below or click here for the full job description and how to apply.


Position Overview

Livable City is hiring an Events Coordinator/Manager (DOE). This position will report directly to the Sunday Streets Director and have general responsibility for the planning and implementation of each Sunday Streets event. In particular, the Events Manager coordinates event logistics and programming to ensure successful events. The Events Manager works closely with the Volunteer Manager and Sunday Streets Director to coordinate volunteers and part-time staff.

This position is approximately 40 hours/week Monday-Friday with some evening and weekend work required. Attendance at all Sunday Streets events is mandatory. This position is full-time exempt. The salary range is $44,000-50,000 DOE.

Responsibilities Include

Event Programs and Activities Management

  • Build and maintain relationships with program partners in various neighborhoods to recruit and develop healthy activities for Sunday Streets programming.
  • Manage program partner registration and confirmation process, and prepare site maps detailing programming locations for each event.

Event Logistics

  • Work with Sunday Streets Director to plan each season of Sunday Streets.
  • Plan and coordinate event staffing, equipment needs, local access needs, signposting, and other logistics for each event with city Sunday Streets Logistics Committee.
  • Coordinate and communicate with staff from partnering city agencies; lead and prepare agendas for monthly Logistics Committee meetings.
  • Secure permits for all events and programming (ISCOTT, Entertainment Commission, Parks and Rec, Port, DPH, FD).

Event and Program Management

  • Coordinate and monitor event timelines and ensure all deadlines are met.
  • Hire, train, and manage part-time event staff.
  • Work with Volunteer Manager and Sunday Streets Director to coordinate event-day and event prep staffing and volunteer needs.


  • Support Sunday Streets Director with neighborhood outreach, community organizing and other activities as time allows.



  • Passion for creating a more livable city for the entire San Francisco community and the goals and vision of the Sunday Streets program.
  • Detail-orientated with strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of individuals, including volunteers, staff, partners, and members of the public.
  • Minimum of one year experience working in a non-profit or organizing street festivals, farmers markets, or other special events.
  • Cheerful, friendly, upbeat outlook
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Excel, Google Apps
  • Capable of physically demanding work, ability to stand for 4 hours, ride a bicycle, lift 25 lbs.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.
  • Bilingual strongly preferred (especially Spanish or Cantonese)


  • Experience submitting permits, planning public events.
  • Community organizing experience, preferably in San Francisco.
  • Valid CA Drivers’ License

Equal Opportunity Employment

Livable City is an equal opportunity employer. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Livable City does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability.

To Apply

Email resume and cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position to hr@livablecity.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Position open until filled.

New Volunteer Opportunity: Data Entry and Office Support

We’re looking for a volunteer to work in the office 5-10 hours per month on data entry and office tasks. Support Sunday Streets’ work and gain valuable Salesforce experience.

Data Entry Volunteer Job Description.pdf

Role and Responsibilities: The Office Assistant/Data Entry Volunteer supports Sunday Streets Directors by tracking current and prospective volunteers, supporters, community and program partners in Salesforce, assist with printing and organizing community outreach letters, and other data entry tasks as requested.

Time Commitment

  • 1-2 hours per week, or 5-10 hours per month during office hours (M-F, 9am – 5pm). Schedule dependent on volunteer’s availability.


  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) and Google Drive
  • Ability to learn new skills and trouble shoot issues.
  • Previous experience and basic knowledge of Salesforce or other CRM strongly preferred.
  • Commit to three months (flexible) of volunteering


Email volunteer@livablecity.org including why you’d like to work with Sunday Streets, any relevant experience, qualifications, and your availability.

This is an unpaid part-time volunteer position with an expectation of 5-10 hours per month.

Volunteer at Sunday Streets to Win a Rickshaw Bagworks Messenger Bag

Volunteer and Enter For Your Chance To Win this Raffle

Sunday Streets will be raffling off a Rickshaw Bagworks Messenger Bag for a lucky Volunteer from Bayview & Dogpatch Sunday Streets event. It’s the perfect sized bag to walk or bike with on a daily basis. Be sure to sign up for a shift and the chance to win this stunning stitched bag! All volunteers will also receive a free lunch and a cool Sunday Streets Volunteer T-shirt. You can sign up for a shift here: www.sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer-050116.

The winner will be announced after the Bayview & Dogpatch Sunday Streets!
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Join the SundayStreets Crew!

Now hiring for 2016 Sunday Streets Event Staff

We are currently seeking four amazing individuals to help staff Sunday Streets events in 2016. Event Staff will assist with site set-up and breakdown of the Sunday Streets route and information booths at all eight events. During event hours, they will support Sunday Street Staff and lead volunteers staffing the event, conducting outreach, selling merchandise, and collecting data.

To learn more about the Sunday Streets Event Staff position click here.

To apply send resume, letter of interest, and two references to HR@livablecity.org with ‘Sunday Streets Event Staff‘ in the subject line. Please indicate where you saw the job posting.

Application deadline: February 26


Volunteer Highlights of 2015

Thank you Sunday Streets Volunteers!

Thank you to our 2015 Volunteers for making it another spectacular year! We cannot say this enough! Sunday Streets would not be possible without the hard work of our volunteers. They are the backbone of this program and we’re grateful for all who have been a part of our special family since 2008.

We’d like to share some highlights of the year. This year we’ve created over 15 miles of car-free streets for recreation and community activities. That’s equivalent to 264 football fields!

Highlights of 2015 Volunteer program:

  • 400+ Volunteers
  • 2300+ hours completed by Volunteers
  • 15 Volunteer Groups
    • SF YouthWorks
    • CIS Club
    • Piedmont High School Key Club
    • Lowell Volunteer Club
    • Xi Psi Phi Iota Chapter
    • Jumpstart
    • Junior League
    • One Kings Lane
    • One Brick
    • Golden Gate Circle K
    • Alpha Phi Omega
    • LLS Light the Night
    • Alpha Gamma Sigma
    • Hermanas Unidas
    • SF ServiceWorks

2015 Lunch Providers:

  • Crossroads Cafe
  • La Laguna Taqueria
  • El Toro Taqueria
  • Cheese Gone Wild/Slider Shack (Off the Grid)
  • Turtle Tower SF
  • Henry’s Hunan
  • Tsing Tao Restaurant
  • El Rancho Grande

2015 Coffee/Pastry Provider:

  • Bi-Rite Market
  • Four Barrel Coffee
  • Java Beach Café
  • Philz Coffee
  • Hong Kong Bakery
  • Starbucks

Thank you for your amazing hard work and for making San Francisco a more Livable City. It’s been an amazing year! We look forward to seeing you next season.

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2015 Raffle Winners

Thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets and filled out our surveys over the season. We’ll be adding to the winners lists as we get confirmation from folks – check back for updates. [Read more…]

Observations and Inspiration from Atlanta Streets Alive!

At the end of September, I had the opportunity to attend the national Open Streets Summit in Atlanta, GA. The summit brought together new and veteran open streets organizers from around the country to learn and share challenges, successes, and best practices in organizing successful open streets programs in American cities.

By far, the highlight of the weekend was a great talk by Gil Penalosa about the amazing impact open streets can have on our cities, and why we even bother. A close second, was the chance to get out on the streets and experience Atlanta Streets Alive, Atlanta’s own open streets program.

It was fascinating to see how Atlanta Streets Alive is like Sunday Streets in some ways, and different in others. Below are pictures of a few things that I noticed.

Calm clear streets before Atlanta Streets Alive begins

Atlanta closes the streets to vehicles an hour and a half before Atlanta Streets Alive begins. The streets were calm and clear while programs wet up.

Wayfinding signage pointing to neighborhood destinations nearby

Wayfinding signs spotted the route, pointing out neighborhood destinations that were in an easy bike, walk, or transit ride.

Signs show program partners where to set up

Signs hung on trees or street poles designate the area where program partners are to set up.

On-street signage and branding

Every mile or so, these banners let people know that they are at Atlanta Streets Alive and the A-frames display maps of the routes and key destinations.

Information booth and free bike rentals!

Atlanta Streets Alive is organized by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. They host 2 or 3 booths where they pass out information about the event, sell t-shirts and swag, and recruit members. A program partner beside this booth offered free 30 minute bike rentals.

Signs to promote safe etiquette

A-frame signs in front of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition booths and other locations on the route remind people to be safe and polite while sharing the streets.

Atlanta Streets Alive kicks off with a bicycle parade! Complete with bikes adorned with phoenix scultpures

Atlanta Streets Alive kicks off with a bicycle parade! That is one impressive way to start the day. This parade was led by a team riding with intricate phoenix sculptures attached to their bikes.

People walk their bikes uphill in Atlanta too

There are hills in Atlanta too, and people walk their bikes uphill just like they do in San Francisco (see any photos of Sunday Streets by Alamo Square for comparison)

Local hardware store sets out display to take advantage of increased bike and foot traffic

The businesses along this street were really active in engaging. This local hardware store sets out display tailored for people on foot and bikes.

Restaurants host activities and advertise specials for Atlanta Streets Alive

Restaurants host activities like corn hole and advertise specials food and drink specials that are easy to take on the go for Atlanta Streets Alive

Simple water station to keep people hydrated

Simple water station to keep people hydrated


Glass blowing demonstration

Just like at Sunday Streets, I was surprised by the variety of programs and activities in the street. This guy had set up a glass blowing demonstration.

Police staff stationed at intersections - not too busy most of the day

Much of the street “closure” in Atlanta is set up and staffed by police. Most intersections (both those open to vehicle traffic crossing and those closed to vehicle cross traffic) were staffed by police. Those on the closed intersections didn’t seem too busy.


Of course, Atlanta Streets Alive featured volunteers throughout the route and day. Here are a few counting people biking and walking.

Of course, volunteers out doing numerous tasks, including counting participants


Meet Volunteer Spotlight: Cheryl Aiken, Cathy Gashi & Adea Gashi

Meet Cheryl Aiken, Cathy Gashi and her daughter Adea. They have been volunteering with us since the beginning of this year. Since then, they have volunteered at nearly all our Sunday Streets events. It’s passionate and dedicated folks like Cheryl, Cathy, and Adea who help make our program possible.

Sunday Streets

What motivates you to volunteer for Sunday Streets?

Cheryl: Sunday Streets creates an environment that encourages play for everyone. It is our set time to relax, laugh, listen and explore the city.

Cathy: I enjoy meeting new people and supporting a healthy lifestyle.

Adea: My mom and friend Cheryl.

What has been your favorite volunteer moment?

Cheryl: Hanging No Parking signs; because I know on Sunday I can ride my bike in the middle of the street with Cathy and Adea, muahhhhh!

Cathy: Collecting signatures to support the continuation of Sunday Streets.  This activity allowed me to educate many people on the benefits of the event.

Adea: Getting to explain what Sunday Streets is all about.

What is your most favorite thing about Sunday Streets?

Cheryl: Playing in the streets and being a part of a grassroots initiative that will one day become an institution.

Cathy: Being able to spend time with my daughter and best friend while supporting the community.

Adea: Being able to ride my bike while helping others enjoy Sunday Streets.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself

Cheryl: I love to dig in the sand and jump in the ocean with my clothes on.

Cathy: I love bees and find weeding fun.

Adea: I am only 10 years old, but have been to Disneyland 11 times.

What do you enjoy doing, outside of volunteering at Sunday Streets?

Cheryl: Showing people around the city and asking my adult children a gazillion questions.

Cathy: Riding my bike, walking my dog and spending time with my daughter.  Oh, and eating sweets.

Adea: Swimming and jumping on the trampolines at House of Air.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about volunteering with us?

Cheryl: Sign up for different tasks/shifts, the staff and volunteers are knowledgeable and welcoming.

Cathy: Dress in layers, put on sun screen and get ready to meet lots of people.

Adea: You get to meet many new people.  You need to be able to stand for awhile and put yourself out there and communicate with people.


Thank you Cheryl, Cathy, and Adea for all your hard work! 

Meet Sunday Streets Volunteer: Ben Lin & Paul Bodner

Sunday Streets is happy to introduce our dynamic duo: Ben Lin and Paul Bodner. Read their short piece below to learn more about Ben and Paul. They are our rockstar volunteers and have been with Sunday Streets for over 5 years. Read about them below:

Ben and PaulHow long have you two been volunteering together? Why do you volunteer at Sunday Streets and what keeps you continually volunteering with them?

    • Paul has been volunteering since 2010. The Teamwork keeps me coming back to Sunday Streets.
    • Ben has been volunteering with Sunday Streets since 2009. Sunday Streets is a special opportunity for him to volunteer, because it is the city’s famous event that occurs each month. Ben volunteered at Sunday Streets because he enjoyed the outdoor activities and the wonderful staff keeps the event growing each year.

How did you first hear about Sunday Streets?

    • Paul first heard about Sunday Streets from Ben
    • Ben first heard about Sunday Streets for San Francisco’s past Mayor Gavin Newsom. It was an event started by Newsom in August 2008 and continued its development for years. The event debuted two times in 2008 and Ben thought it would be an good experience to try it out before he started volunteering. During that time, he tried the event from walking from Portsmouth Square in Chinatown and ended at San Francisco Bayview District near Opera House.

What is your most favorite thing about Sunday Streets?

    • Paul’s favorite thing is seeing it happen. “Usually kids have to be hidden from the big bad “dangerous” city, and can only be seen in parks and schools. Sunday Streets gives youth a safe place to come out and play.”
    • Ben’s favorite thing about Sunday Streets is a bit of everything. “From the organization’s booth and taking pictures of amazing biking and publicity of the events.”

Tell us a fun fact about yourself

    • Paul lived in Japan for three years teaching English, and three more in Taiwan
    • Ben has been volunteering for public events since 2005 (he was 13 years-old)

What is your favorite hobby to do outside of volunteering?

    • Paul’s favorite hobby is distance walking. He walked 345 miles in December 2013
    • Ben’s favorite hobby outside of volunteering is continuing to plan for volunteer activities with Sunday Streets and events for the future to come

Any advice or last comments you’d like to share about volunteerism

    • Ben’s advice about volunteering: volunteering is an good thing, and you feel good about it. It is a healthy option for myself considering anyone can do it. Whether you are first timer or had worked with the events numerous times.

Feel free to say hi to Ben and Paul the next time you see them at a Sunday Streets Volunteer Opportunity. Thank you for supporting Sunday Streets!

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