Deputy City Attorney Elaine Warren was recently honored with a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in Public Service from the Center for Creative Land Recycling for her work on complex and transformative land use and development projects.
The award recognizes public servants for their achievements in advancing projects that benefit local communities. It spotlighted Warren’s work on brownfields redevelopment in San Francisco, like Mission Bay, Treasure Island and Hunters Point. A brownfield is a property where the expansion, redevelopment or reuse of it may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.
“I’m very proud of Elaine and so glad she is being honored for her tremendous accomplishments,” City Attorney Dennis Herrera said. “Elaine is a tenacious force on our Land Use Team. She brings a positive, problem-solving approach to all of her work on behalf of the City. She has worked tirelessly over her decades of service to improve and transform many areas in San Francisco, some of which have presented complicated environmental challenges. Elaine’s work has helped lay the foundation for redevelopment projects that will have an enduring impact on the City.”
Warren has been with the City Attorney’s Office since 1985 and was extensively involved in the development of the Mission Bay neighborhood; helped resolve environmental concerns during the construction of Oracle Park; advanced the Maher ordinance, which enacted oversight of building development on hazardous sites; and has worked on the complex transfer of properties in the development of the former Hunters Point shipyard.
The award is one of three National Brownfield Leadership Awards given by the Center for Creative Land Recycling. CCLR is a highly regarded national nonprofit organization focused on land reuse and the conversion of abandoned or vacant commercial and industrial properties. They convene, consult and collaborate with communities, government agencies and the private sector to encourage the development of impacted land in ways that reduce inequity and increase community wellbeing.