Community Partners

The Western Addition and the University of San Francisco are deeply interconnected, not just geographically, but through history and intergenerational relationships. As the City’s first university, we are uniquely situated to address issues related to poverty and inequality in the Western Addition, and we do this work in partnership with residents and service providers to address a lack of access to high-quality, affordable housing, healthcare, and education. For more information, email

Check out the Mo’MAGIC calendar for events in the Western Addition!

To recognize community partners, Engage San Francisco launched the Engage San Francisco Community Partnership Award in 2017. The inaugural award honored partners in Mo’MAGIC’s summer reading program, which serves Western Addition youth by preventing summer learning loss. In Spring 2018, we awarded the community activists who have provided instrumental leadership and knowledge that informed the Changemakers Project. 

We continue to celebrate our community partners whose vision and collaboration bring excellence to their community and illustrate ESF’s impactful partnerships with individuals and organizations of the Western Addition and Fillmore. Our recipients include: 

2023 - ESF Literacy Partner

2023: Miss Miriam Desmukes, Director, Prince Hall Learning Center 

2022 - Community Research Collaborative Partner

2022: James Spignola, Executive Director, Collective Impact

2021-23 Awardees -  Engage San Francisco Partnership Award 

2021: James Spignola, Executive Director, Collective Impact

2022-23: Miss Miriam Desmukes, Director, Prince Hall Learning Center 

2020 Awardees - SFUSD literacy partnership co-educators

Remi Nakamoto, Literacy Coordinator, Rosa Parks Elementary

Megan Stoltz, Literacy Coach, William Cobb Elementary

2019 Awardees - Health and Wellness partners

Westside Services: Dr. Mary Anne Jones and Kimiah Tucker 

2018 Awardees- Community Activists who partner with the Changemakers Project

Ms. Altheda Carrie
Ms. Brenda Harris
Ms. Lynnette White

2017 Awardees- Partners with the MATR Summer Reading Program 

Booker T. Washington Community Service Center
Magic Zone
Prince Hall Learning Center