Mayor Edwin M. Lee today nominated Suzy Loftus, former veteran prosecutor for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and former Special Assistant Attorney General to California Attorney General Kamala Harris, to the Police Commission and re-nominated Police Commission President Thomas “Tippy” Mazzucco for another term.
“Suzy Loftus’ exemplary experience in public service and understanding of the law and our communities will be tremendous assets to the Police Commission,” said Mayor Lee. “I’m proud to nominate her and grateful for her willingness to serve on the Commission and work with Chief Suhr to protect and ensure the safety of our City. Thomas Mazzucco’s leadership and work on behalf of the Police Commission has helped San Francisco remain one of the safest big cities in America, and I’m grateful that he has agreed to serve another term.”
Suzy Loftus is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Center for Youth Wellness, an initiative to build a one-stop health and wellness center for urban children and families in San Francisco. With Bayview facilities slated to open in 2013, the Center for Youth Wellness combines pediatrics with mental health services, educational support, family support, research and best practices in child abuse response, all under one roof. Loftus oversees day-to-day operations, activities, finances, development, program and administration.
As Special Assistant Attorney General to California’s “top cop” Attorney General Kamala Harris, Loftus served as senior advisor on criminal justice, law enforcement and social justice policy and served as a liaison to local, state and federal law enforcement offices. She coordinated statewide law enforcement and public safety policy for the California Department of Justice, which supervises and supports California’s 58 county prosecutors and sheriffs on all public safety policy matters. Loftus has led several policy and enforcement initiatives of statewide and national significance, including efforts to disarm thousands of Californians with mental illness who illegally possessed firearms and launched the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking initiative.
In her six year in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, Loftus, as the Chief of Policy, developed innovative and efficient initiatives and programs to protect victims, hold offenders accountable, and resolve the underlying causes of crime, including model programs like “Back on Track,” an innovative program that has dramatically reduced recidivism targeting nonviolent, first-time, low-level drug offenders and was adopted as a national model by the National District Attorneys Association, and Truancy Court, a proven program to reduce the drop out rate and truancy that combines court monitoring with family services to resolve underlying issues of truancy. She has also crafted landmark local and statewide legislation. As an Assistant District Attorney, she specialized in domestic violence and elder abuse cases. She has served as the Misdemeanor Trial Division Gun Specialist, and received special firearms training from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Department of Justice and the San Francisco Police Department.
Loftus holds a Bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University in Political Science and a Law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law.