The San Francisco Hub of the Global Shapers is a community of young leaders committed to creating positive change in ourselves, our local community, and the world. We are an initiative of the World Economic Forum (WEF).


    Our mission is to marshall the considerable resources available to us — in the form of expertise, network, financing, and human effort — to catalyze or amplify projects and people that create positive, equitable impact.


    We commit to partnering with our local community to learn about problems and needs from those who face them; to designing our work with an eye towards scale and repeatability; and to supporting each other through the challenges we encounter.



    The Global Shapers undertake events and projects that generate positive impact in our local communities. We seek to have an impact by catalyzing and enhancing, individually and collectively, fresh ideas and entrepreneurial solutions to the world's most pressing challenges.


    See below for descriptions of our 2020-2021 projects..

    Block CoVid

    Global virtual innovation camp empowering teams to build practical solutions for everyday problems during the pandemic and beyond.


    Contact person: Yan Chen

    Shaper Talks

    A monthly speaker series that features those who have made a positive impact on the world.


    We host regular small-scale events that give people a chance to have meaningful 1:1 conversations with other impact-driven professionals.


    We're always looking for more ways to reach people in the Bay Area who are focused on impact. Any ideas you have would be helpful! Check out upcoming events, here.


    Contact person: Will Kraft

    Monthly Volunteering

    The SF hub is providing capacity monthly to community-led volunteer events, including beach cleanups, tree planting, and more! All are welcome to join.

    (Currently on-hold throughout COVID19 pandemic)

    The Red Circle

    The Red Circle develops and offers materials and training on psychological literacy and crisis response. Sometimes we find ourselves at a loss for words or actions. When a friend confines that they've been assaulted, what do you do? When a family member has been dealing with depression, what kinds of questions should you ask? What do you do after a loss?


    Contact person: Julia Bossman

    AI: Re-Coding our Future

    AI: Re-Coding our Future is an SF Shaper project aiming to set the stage for the next era of AI. The project surveys the current state of AI initiatives in the realms of education, policy, and inclusion. The project will create an in-depth resource library, host interviews with the Bay Area’s top AI experts, and also highlight the phenomenal work Shapers are doing in AI. Check out Shapers of AI blog post (link above) to see what we’re building around the globe.


    Check more about our work here! Link

    Contact person: Lauren Pfeifer


    ShelterTech is a San Francisco-based non-profit aimed at solving the biggest technology challenges faced by those experiencing homelessness. An official partner of the City of San Francisco, ShelterTech has built AskDarcel, the Bay Area’s largest online database of homelessness-related services.


    Contact person: Christian Rhally

    Census 2020

    Census 2020 is a multi-hub project that leverages the network of the US-based Global Shapers hubs to disseminate information on the importance of the census through events and digital channels. Census participation determines each community's share of federal funding for healthcare, schools, roads, and more for the next decade.

    When you complete the census, make sure that everyone who lives in your household is counted. That included all children and any extended family or friends who are living with you (regardless of immigration, citizenship, or voter registration status -- everyone needs to be counted).


    Contact person: Tiffany Yu

    Financial Empowerment

    The Financial Empowerment project aims to help people in San Francisco get on firmer financial footing. Right now, we're focused on helping people who've been affected financially by COVID-19. We're creating an online community for 2020 grads who are struggling to find a job share tips & resources in order to get a job faster.


    At the moment, we're creating an online community for 2020 grads who are struggling to find a job share tips & resources in order to get a job faster.


    We're always looking for people to share our posts to get more reach!


    Contact person: Will Kraft

    Mask 4 Disability Community



    We are distributing windowed face masks from Uganda fashion brand Kimuli Fashionability to anyone in the US who needs them and their care teams. These masks are made from upcycled African fabrics and are made by disabled people in Uganda.


    Contact info: LINK

  • Wildfire Relief

    In response to the Camp and Woolsey wildfires in California, hubs across California banded together to raise over $12,000 for the the California Community Foundation, which has been helping support wildfire victims for over 15 years.


    In addition to our online fundraising efforts, we held events in Los Angeles and San Francisco to engage our local community in the issue.


    Representing Young People at World Economic Forum Events

    Mission: Represent the youth voice and perspective at official World Economic Forum events and activities.




    Global Shapers are invited to represent the youth voice at World Economic Forum events, such as the Annual Meeting in Davos, Annual Meeting of the New Champions, Summit on the Global Agenda, and more.


    "Party at the Palace" Fundraiser Gala

    Mission: Raise $100k to support 7 education nonprofits improving graduation rates and life outcomes for students in our community.


    San Francisco, California


    In the Bay Area, only 33% of students who start high school will graduate from college. SF Shapers are partnering with EdTechWomen and the Innovation Hangar to organize a "Party at the Palace" fundraiser gala for April 2, 2016 at the Palace of Fine Arts (FB event here). The gala brings together corporate sponsors like Salesforce, Palantir, and Wonolo, as well as 1,300 of the city's most influential millennials to raise 100,000 USD for 7 nonprofits supporting education in our community: Alternatives in Action, Black Girls Code, Citizen Schools, Girls Who Code, Minds Matter, Mission Graduates, and Wishbone.



    Mission: Leverage technology serve low income, homeless, and underserved members of our community.


    San Francisco, California


    ShelterTech creates tech-driven solutions for low income, homeless, and underserved members of our community. In 2016, we’re building AskDarcel, an app that leverages access to smartphones and WiFI, to provide those in need with a virtual case manager, guiding users through a step-by-step process to improve their lives.


    Engaging Cuban Entrepreneurs

    Mission: Connect business and social entrepreneurs across the US and Cuba.


    Havana, Cuba and San Francisco, California


    This was a 10-day trip to connect Cuban and American entrepreneurs and establish a World Economic Forum Global Shapers Hub in Havana, Cuba in April, 2016.


    Civic Tech Challenge

    Mission: Help passionate students + innovative technology change our community.


    San Francisco, California


    On November 7, 2015, SF Shapers partnered with Generation Citizen, a national nonprofit that runs action civics programming in local schools, to organize an inaugural "Civic Tech Challenge." Teens from the Generation Citizen program partnered with technologists and other community members to hack innovative tech add-ons to their action projects. Hackteams presented their innovations to 200+ guests at the evening presentation and reception, to a Judging Panel of the Bay Area's leading innovators (including Shapers!).


    Come Back Home

    Mission: Help Internet companies join forces to find missing people.


    San Francisco, California


    Every 40 seconds, a child goes missing. But what if the entire Internet could join forces to help find these kids and help bring them back home? The Come Back Home project enables companies with high Internet traffic add one line of code, which displays an non-intrusive banner with photos of missing people to any website's 404 error pages in the off-chance that someone who visits the site might recognize the missing people. Shapers are working with companies in the Bay Area to promote and publicize the initiative. Interested in joining? Email sfglobalshapers@gmail.com!


    Global Float

    Mission: Celebrate our cities around the world with a giant, global dance party.


    San Francisco, California - and in cities around the world


    The Global Float brings together people in cities around the world for a giant, continuous floating dance party. A floating dance party is when a group of people download a 90-minute mix with songs from around the world, meet up, press play together, and dance around their city together. The fourth annual Global Float is happening in dozens of cities around the world, including in San Francisco on Saturday, July 18, 2015.


    Proyecto Chispa

    Mission: Stop LGBT homelessness.


    San Francisco Bay Area, California


    Far too many LGBT youth find themselves in terrible positions - usually ostracized by their families and communities. We teamed up with Larkin Street Youth Services and The True Colors Fund to fight to stop LGBT youth homelessness by collecting used electronic equipment in SF and Bay Area. This project was conducted in February, 2015.


    Beyond Bars

    Partnering with organizations to provide education and mentorship opportunities to people who have been incarcerated.


    2020-2021 Curatorial Team

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    Hub Curator

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