History

San Francisco Fleet Week (SFFW) began in 1981 when then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein led the nation in celebrating America's sea services.

Taking place every October on the Marina Green over Italian Heritage Weekend, SFFW's air show, the parade of ships and many community events have become a significant and integral part of the city's local culture and economy.

SFFW features a unique training and education program that brings together civilian and military forces to develop and share best practices in humanitarian assistance.

SFFW creates important and lasting relationships for its partners and generates over $10M in annual revenue for the city. SFFW is now recognized by the United States Department of Defense as the model for fleet weeks across the country.

Mission

San Francisco Fleet Week is an annual public event that honors the contributions of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces while advancing cooperation and knowledge among civilian- and military-based Humanitarian Assistance personnel.

Honorary Co-Chairs:

Senator Dianne Feinstein
Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz
Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

Board Members:

Major General Mike Myatt, (ret) Chairman
Vice Admiral Jody Breckenridge, (ret) Vice Chairman

Nina D'Amato, Treasurer
John McGleenan, Secretary
Michael Allen, Director
Mark Flegel, Director
Ed Flowers, Director
Liam Tiernan, Director
Susan Toland, Director

Executive Director:

Lewis Loeven

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Lewis Loeven

Executive Director, Board of Directors, SFFWA

Lewis is the Executive Director of the Board of Directors of San Francisco Fleet Week Association.  He oversees the execution of Fleet Week and all of the operations, sponsorship, logistics and planning efforts.

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Diana Homsey

Chief of Staff / Operations Manager

Diana has been working on San Francsico Fleet Week since 2010 as an emergency manager with background experience running large events. Her duties include overseeing the coordination and execution of the Senior Leaders Seminar, the Peer to Peer Medical Exchange and the DSCA Exercise Series.

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John McKnight

Humanitarian Assistance Village

In 2014, John began managing the Humanitarian Assistance Village while working as the Director of Disaster Services for The Salvation Army, and in 2018 we were delighted when he came on board and joined the team. John works tirelessly to bring a welcoming experience to all those who come down to the Marina Green to experience the largest display of emergency and disaster response resources on the west coast. He launched the "Blessing of the Fleet Interfaith Service" in 2018 as a member of the San Francisco Interfaith Council, and each year he also hosts the Naval Order Luncheon during Fleet Week.

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Susie Dodge

Logistics Manager

Susie continues her role as Logistics Manager, with a focus on Transportation Coordination. She supports specific events such as the Launch Party, the Honor Our Fallen Concert, the Iconic Photo and the HA Village. Susie began working with SFFW in 2012. Susie comes with an extensive background in logistical coordination and event management. Her career began with Outward Bound (HIOBS) and has included two international rafting festivals (Project RAFT) and two winter Olympic Games (Event Services: 2002 & 2010).

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Sonja Shin

Public Affairs Officer

Sonja joins us as our Public Affairs Officer. She oversees media relations and social media. Previously she reported for NBC Bay Area and KPIX News, produced for NBC Nightly News and The Today Show, handled Public Affairs and Development at NASA Ames Research Center and has produced social media and websites for tech startups and organizations like Stanford University and Walmart.com.

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Crystal Navarro

Social Media and Sponsorship Coordinator

Crystal started with SFFW as a social media coordinator intern in 2017. She became an employee in 2018 after graduation from SFSU. She has over seen traditional and digital communications throughout the years. This year she is focusing on coordinating all social media post and overseeing sponsorship deliverables. She has a background in event marketing and operations.

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Ada Campos

Program Manager Fleet Fest

Ada has been working with the team on the Senior Leaders Seminar and Fleet Fest since 2018. Ada comes from a background in event production and brings efficiency and professionalism to the SFFW projects she works on. This year she will lead as the SFFW Fleet Fest Manager.

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Tre Russell Allen

Project Manager - Neighborhood Concert Series

Tre joined the team this year to assist with coordinating the Neighborhood Concert Series with the Navy and Marine Corps bands. In the last decade Tre has produced events with Speaker Pelosi, Ca. Insurance Commissioner Lara, and SF Mayors Lee and Breed. We are thrilled to have him as the lead for our Community Branch.

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Barbara FItzharris

Volunteer Coordinator

Barb has been volunteering for San Francisco Fleet Week since 2016. You have seen her welcoming smile at registration for the Launch Party, Honor Our Fallen Concert, Senior Leadership Seminar and on the green at the Humanitarian Assistance Village. Barb's background is in Sales and Marketing. This year she is stepping into a new role as Volunteer Coordinator.

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Andrew Segala

Photography Intern

Andrew Segala joined the team in 2021 through his school Academy of Art University. He is a Photography intern whose role is to manage Fleet Week SF's photo database for archiving past photos. He is also a pivotal player coordinating photographers to cover various events during Fleet Week SF. It is extremely exciting to have him onboard considering he was an active-duty Navy Sailor turn reservist were he has been onboard 3 ships with a deployment and hurricane relief operations under his belt.