(415) 553-1984


Sarah Burton

Executive Director
 (415) 553-1981

Wesley Chu

Public Safety Coordinator
 (415) 553-1985

Jon Shepherd

Public Safety Specialist
 (415) 553-1983

Furlishous Wyatt

Security Services Manager
 (415) 553-1980


Irina Chatsova

Program Director
 (415) 553-1982

Allison Burke

Public Safety Coordinator
 (415) 553-1349

Public Safety Coordinator
 (415) 553-1986

Wilfred Sunga

Safety and Security Specialist
 (415) 553-9882

Staff Biographies

Sarah Burton
Executive Director

Sarah Burton has over 15 years of experience in nonprofit management in fields ranging from drug and alcohol prevention, urban youth services, domestic violence, burn survivor services and poverty. She is a former Peace Corps Volunteer (Sénégal, West Africa) and a recent Leadership San Francisco alum (class of 2015). As Executive Director, Sarah brings valuable knowledge in community building, grant writing, corporate relationships and organizational management. She has a BA in Business from Westmont College, Santa Barbara and a MS in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University, Boston.

Irina Chatsova

Originally from Moscow Russia, Irina moved to SF in 1996. When living in Russia Irina worked at the Moscow Main Library. Shortly after moving to the US Irina started working at SAFE in 1997 and has been working there ever since — first as a Public Safety Coordinator and now as a Program Director. Irina has expertise in Personal and Older Adult Safety and is skilled community organizer.

Allison Burke

Allison is a Public Safety Coordinator with emphasis on Child Safety who has been with SAFE since September 2013. Before being hired at SAFE, she volunteered with SAFE for about 8 months. Allison is assigned to the Northern and Southern police districts and represents SAFE on the Ingleside Community Police Advisory Board. She conducts security assessments and is a certified child passenger safety technician. Another program that Allison leads at SAFE is the Kids and Cops reading program. She holds a certificate in Basic Crime Prevention, is a graduate of the San Francisco FBI Citizen’s academy and holds a NERT certification.

Jon Shepherd

Jon has been a Public Safety Specialist at SAFE for almost 23 years, and is assigned to the Mission and Ingleside Districts. He is fluent in Spanish; over the years he formed numerous multilingual neighborhood watch groups and conducted hundreds of safety presentations, assisted the SFPD in the prevention of Elder Abuse and Fraud. A former Peace Corps Volunteer, he has traveled and resided in several continents and countries.

Luke Spray

Luke has been working at SAFE for more than a year. He is a Public Safety Coordinator and acts as a liaison for the Tenderloin and Bayview Police Districts. Luke has been working with a number of Community Safety Groups in the Tenderloin empowering neighborhood stakeholders to improve their blocks. Luke facilitates Neighborhood Watch meetings and has taught hundreds of residents of all ages and demographics how they can improve their personal safety. He is NERT Certified.

Wilfred Sunga

Will has been working at SAFE for 9 months. He conducts Residential and Business Security Assessments and provides recommendations on security and safety issues, incorporating Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) concepts and best practices. Prior to joining SAFE, Wilfred served as an intern in the office of District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen. Wilfred is also trained in facilitating Neighborhood Watch Groups and is NERT certified.

Furlishous Wyatt, Jr.

Furlishous has been working in the field of crime prevention since 1980. He has been employed by SAFE as a Business Security Specialist since 1982. Wyatt is certified in Terror and Violence in the Workplace, Violence in American Schools, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) and other criminal justice and safety fields. He has received Certificates of Appreciation from numerous groups including the SFPD, American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) and Kiwanis. Wyatt has conducted over 2,800 crime prevention seminars, workshops and trainings, and has performed well over 24,000 security surveys. He continues to perform physical security audits of residential properties, small and large, businesses, corporate, state and federal entities, and organizes Business Watch and other community organizing programs.