Christiane Hiyashi

Christiane Hayashi

Of Counsel

ABOUT CHRISTIANE HAYASHI

Christiane Hayashi has a unusual mix of legal, administrative, regulatory, judicial and executive management experience that gives her a uniquely valuable perspective on the issues faced by public agencies. Over her 30-year public service career she has developed extensive experience in a wide variety of subjects including water and environmental law, public contracting and procurement, complex technology systems, elections management, emergency preparedness, intellectual property, media relations and public outreach, disability access, transportation planning and regulation.

RELATED EXPERIENCE

Environmental / Water Law

Ms. Hayashi began her legal career with her service as law clerk to Idaho Supreme Court Justice Charles F. McDevitt. She then joined the specialized legal team that represented the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC) Hetch Hetchy Water and Power and San Francisco Water Departments, where she worked on a variety of water rights, environmental law and land use issues between 1990 and 1995, including representing San Francisco in a basin-wide water rights adjudication in San Mateo County. In 1995, she was asked to serve on the Fisheries Subcommittee of the Advisory Council established by AB 3603 to develop a set of recommendations for the management of the San Joaquin River (San Joaquin River Management Plan, 1995).

Procurement – Intellectual Property

Because of her extensive work on contracting projects for the SFPUC, Ms. Hayashi joined the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office Contracts and Intellectual Property Section to overhaul and update the City and County of San Francisco’s ordinances and regulations for procurement of non-construction goods and services contracts. She then participated in the development of new template agreements for all aspects of goods and services contracting as well as checklists and training materials for the City’s new procurement rules.

She also counseled the San Francisco Department of Public Works on intellectual property issues associated with its new GIS system, and provided trademark advice to a variety of City departments.

Elections – Emergency Preparedness – Community Outreach – Media Relations

Ms. Hayashi was assigned to a special Year 2000 compliance project team in 1999 to handle community outreach and media relations and educate the public about emergency preparedness. Following the success of San Francisco’s Year 2000 effort, she was again assigned by the Mayor’s Office to a special project team in the San Francisco Elections Department. Leading up to the Presidential General Election of 2000, her team implemented new optical scanning voting technology while transitioning to a new district election system for County Supervisors. Ms. Hayashi developed award-winning public service announcements and multi-media educational outreach materials in five languages, and created a first-ever Outreach division for the Elections Department that is still operating nearly 20 years later to educate voters in multiple languages.

Transportation

In 2004, Ms. Hayashi joined the City Attorney’s Office Transportation Team at a time when the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) was evolving into a multi-modal, comprehensive transportation planning agency with growing responsibility for economic and environmental conditions in the City. During this time, her responsibilities included the procurement and negotiation of a new City-wide towing contract and serving as lead negotiator with disability rights advocates for the implementation of audible pedestrian signals in San Francisco. Ms. Hayashi was principally responsible for revising taxi regulations on behalf of the SFMTA in anticipation of that agency’s absorption of the function of taxi regulation.

Ms. Hayashi was recruited by the SFMTA to become the new Director of Taxis and Accessible Services in 2008 and served for nearly six years during a time of extreme transition of the San Francisco taxi industry. During her tenure, she oversaw the City’s implementation of a new paratransit payment system based on electronic debit cards and restructured the City’s medallion distribution system in a manner that created over $60 million of new revenue for the agency. She also implemented programs to mandate universal credit card acceptance, developed national standards for blind-accessible passenger information monitors and continuously updated San Francisco taxi regulations.

Following her retirement from the City and County of San Francisco in 2014, Ms. Hayashi continued to work as a transportation consultant with Transport Research Partners, LLC.

EDUCATION

  • Hastings College of the Law, JD
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, BA

ADMISSIONS AND COURTS

  • California

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