Jill Raycroft is an Exercise Planner with the City and County of San Francisco’s Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Division of Emergency Services (DES). An exercise is an instrument to train for, assess, practice, and improve performance in prevention, protection, response, and recovery capabilities in a risk-free environment. The outcome is an improvement plan based on observed deficiencies.
Jill received a B.A. degree in Literature from Scripps College and a Masters of Public Administration (MPA), with an emphasis in Non-Profit Management from San Francisco State University. She also holds a Master Exercise Planner (MEP) designation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Jill has worked in Emergency Management for the past five years and has worked in the public sector for six years. She has been activated in the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) approximately twenty times during disasters ranging from the Cosco Busan Oil Spill and the Tsunami Warning in March, 2011, to planned events like Bay to Breakers and the Giants World Series Celebration. Jill recently completed training as a San Francisco Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) member.
Prior to her work with the City, Jill worked at various non-profit organizations, ranging from women’s health to organic certification and environmental advocacy. She has coordinated and directed over 25 exercises in her tenure at DEM, including most recently, as an Exercise Director for the America’s Cup World Series Exercise Program. Her current exercise planning is centered on Fleet Week 2012 and she continues to collaborate with stakeholders from city agencies, private sector and community based-organizations.
Permaculture and Farming/Gardening/Horticulture
Jill is a certified Permaculture Instructor with years of related experience and training. In her senior year of college, Jill helped to start the Pomona College Organic Farm and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Upon graduation from Scripps College, she volunteered on an organic farm on the Big Island of Hawaii, through Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WOOF). In the summer of 2008 Jill completed her Urban Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and worked with a group to redesign a school garden at the San Francisco Community School in the Excelsior. 60% of the children that attend SF Community School are on the subsidized lunch program, so growing food in their school garden could fill a greater need than for educational purposes.
In 2009, Jill went through the year long Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Workshop series at the Rudolf Steiner College. In the same year, she was in the first Apprenticeship program in Ecological Horticulture at the Alemany Farm and was a Teaching Assistant for the program the following year. Jillattended the Eco-Farm Conference in 2009 and 2010 and learned more about local food systems, sustainability and organic farming practices and legislation. In the past few years, Jill has completed approximately 30 Units in Landscape Horticulture from Merritt College.
Jill is equally passionate about the sustainability movement and yoga and sees how connected these practices are. Ms. Raycroft taught yoga to city employees for four years and feels that giving people access to self care could affect legislation, poor management styles, and gender/race imbalances within power structures.
As people learn more about the crisis that we face with peak oil, industrial agriculture, and environmental degradation, forward momentum has begun in community-based organizations and this has informed government and the private and nonprofit sectors to also come up with solutions. Grassroots community groups have been instrumental in announcing these problems and facilitating creative solutions. Jill helped install the victory garden in front of City Hall which was a direct reminder of the importance of relationship building and leading by example.