The Moving Forward Award recognizes innovative leadership in California public sector labor and employee relations, and celebrates those who have been models and mentors and have improved labor and employee relations in their organizations. The Award also recognizes those who have assisted others with growth in the profession. CALPELRA recognized Director Callahan’s many accomplishments as Human Resources Director, including:

  • Leading the creation and implementation of the City-wide gender inclusion policy;
  • Launching and leading the City’s multi-faceted, multi-year Hiring Modernization Program;
  • Expanding training opportunities, including overseeing the development and major expansion of Implicit Bias training for department heads;
  • Creating a nationally recognized conviction history program, commonly known as the “ban the box” effort; and Leading efforts to improve the City’s self-insured Workers’ Compensation program, including reaching “carve-out” agreements for its sworn officers in the police and fire departments, and leading San Francisco to be the first major employer in the state to provide electronic payment of Workers’ Compensation benefits.

Director Callahan was also recognized for her support and mentorship of many public sector labor and employee relations professionals over the years. With the 2019 Moving Forward Award, CALPELRA recognized and thanked Director Callahan for her commitment and support for the California public sector labor relations and human resources profession and community. CALPELRA is a professional, nonprofit California association comprised of public sector management representatives responsible for carrying out the labor relations and human resource programs for their jurisdictions. A list of past winners of the Moving Forward Award can be found on CALPELRA’s website .