South of Market (SoMa)

San Francisco, CA

Our convener

The South of Market Community Action Network (SOMCAN) works to build and support a strong, organized community that takes collective action toward equity for low-income, people of color, immigrant and working class residents of the South of Market neighborhood.

Angelica Cabande

Organizational Director

Mary Claire Amable

H.I.P.H.Y. Coordinator

David Woo

Community Development Coordinator


1110 Howard Street

San Francisco, CA 94103


The South of Market neighborhood, known as SoMa, is an urban community in San Francisco, California. Historically home to low-income, immigrant families, the neighborhood has more recently become a global epicenter for technology firms and startups. Now it is a neighborhood of extreme wealth and poverty, leading the city in new luxury housing developments while over 40% of residents earn less than $25,000 a year.


SoMa’s wide streets, warehouses, and working-class housing trace their roots to rebuilding efforts following a 1906 earthquake. Jobs in light industry and affordable housing attracted residents, particularly a growing community of Filipino immigrants. After the passage of the 1965 Immigration Reform Act, many more Filipino immigrants continued to settle in the neighborhood. The 1960’s also introduced a burgeoning LGBTQ population into the area, and the neighborhood continues to be a hub for LGBTQ culture today. During the late 90's, South of Market became a local center of the dot-com boom, sparking a shift in development efforts and community demographics that has continued to the present.  


A still-vibrant Filipino-American as well as LGBTQ community now shares space with some of the world’s most capitalized tech firms. Waterfront office towers host Google, Facebook and Salesforce, while a few blocks west, lower-income residents (still nearly 40% immigrants) work to make rent on their apartments and SROs. The recently-established SoMa Pilipinas Filipino Cultural Heritage District recognizes the neighborhood’s continued role as a center for arts, traditions, and culture, expressed through events such as the Filipino Night Market Festival.


11,623 people

Geographic Size

.635 square miles

South of Market (SoMa)

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Our Design Team

The structure of each Raising Places Community includes both a convening organization and a group of local leaders, called the design team.

Jabin Ahmed

Hudson Muslim Youth

Tom DePietro

City of Hudson Planning Board / HCDPA

Cedric Fulton

Community Organizer

Kamal Johnson

Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood

Willette Jones

Hudson Community Schools / Board of Education

Victor Mendolia

Beach & Bartolo Realtors / Alliance for Positive Health

Maija Reed

Early Childhood Educator and Care Provider

Brandon Santos

Community Advocate

Jennifer Stockmeier

Wolfgang Stockmeier Design Inc.

Zebi Williams

Kite's Nest

Nick Zachos

City of Hudson Department of Youth

James and Sarah Budd

Alpacas of Montana

Quincy Dabney

Mayor, Town of Lodge Grass

Shane Doyle

Tribal Education Directors National Assembly

Casaja Fritzler

Bighorn Valley Health Center / Crow Awakening

Elvin Fritzler

Crow Tribe / Spear Sighting Ranch / Crow Cowgirls Traveling Basketball Coach

David Graber

Greenwood Farm / Bighorn Valley Health Center / Wyola School

Roger Kitts

Red Fox Construction

Tiffany Nomee-Dabney 

Arise LG / Lodge Grass Public Schools

Emerald Parisi

Central Montana Abolitionists / Katie’s House

Shelly Sutherland

Bighorn Valley Health Center

Jean Wallace

H.E.A.R.T. Healing, Empowerment and Resilience Training

Linda Cheek

Wilkes Chamber of Commerce

Susan Cogdill

Wilkes Community Partnership for Children

Debbie Ferguson

Town of North Wilkesboro

Greta Ferguson

North Wilkesboro Housing Authority

Junior Goforth

Town of North Wilkesboro

Kathy Kelley

BROC Head Start

Jeremy Parks

Communities in School

Julia Turpin

Wilkes County Public Library

Jenn Wages

The Health Foundation, Inc.

Sam Hinnant

Town of North Wilkesboro

Vickie Goulette

Hennepin County Child Wellbeing Transformation Team

Sarah Hernandez

McKnight Foundation

Lynnea Atlas Ingebretson

Imagine | Deliver

Jimmy Loyd

Thor Construction

Tie Oei

Asian Media Access

Kenzie O’Keefe

North News

George Roberts

Homewood Studios

Artika Roller

Hennepin County Child Wellbeing Transformation Team

Martine Smaller

Northside Resident

Redevelopment Council

Marquita Stephens

Minneapolis Urban League

Makeda Zulu-Gillespie

University of Minnesota, Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center

April Ang

SoMa Pilipinas

Ada Chan

Association of Bay Area Governments*

Chris Durazo

Community Member

Carla Laurel

West Bay Pilipino Center

Teresita Naval

Galing Bata sa FEC staff

Sandy Panopio

City & County SF*

Raquel Redondiez

Filipino-American Development Foundation (FADF)

Jerome Reyes

Stanford University*

Dyan Ruiz

People Power Media

Joseph Smooke

SOMCAN, HRC, SF, People Power Media

Bernadette Sy

Filipino-American Development Foundation (FADF)

David Campbell

United Steelworkers LOCAL 675

Olga Chavez


Alejandro Dobie-Gonzalez


Ely Fournier

Light & Life Church

Rafael Garcia

Providence Health and Services Southern California

Cesar Guerrero

United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Katie Rispoli Keaotamai

We Are the Next

Marcia Tolentino

Green Education Inc.

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