100 Year Anniversary - Booker T. Washington Community Service Center

Booker T. Washington Community Service Center (“BTWCSC”) has been caring for families in San Francisco for over 100 years. Originally established as a USO for African American soldiers during World War I, BTWCSC later became the gathering and organizing place for homecoming African American soldiers and their families. Our extensive history and a strong tradition of providing ongoing support services geared toward promoting the independence and self- sufficiency of families has evolved over the years.

We are the community-based organization that understands the needs of people at risk of homelessness firsthand. In 2017, BTWCSC opened its current 70,000 square foot mixed-use building consisting of a new community center (containing a childcare facility, youth programming space, recording studios, a gymnasium, and community space) and 50 units of service-enriched affordable housing, including 25 homes for youth transitioning from foster care.

For 100 years we have raised generations of community members, including the likes of Johnnie Mathis, Willie L. Brown Jr., and many, many others who have gone on to be phenomenal successes in life. On November 14, 2020 along with Former Mayor Willie Brown Jr., we will be celebrating our 100-year Anniversary with a gala celebration!

In honor of this incredible milestone, the BTWCSC has put together a Host Committee comprised of current and past leaders who represent San Francisco including: Former mayors, Willie Brown Jr., and Art Agnos. Other community leaders that are serving on the host committee are Mayor London Breed, Rodney Fong, CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Brenda Wright, Wells Fargo, Farah Makras, Former Senator John Burton, Makras Realty, and Jimi Harris Chief, Community Relations PG&E just to name a few.

This is a celebration, with many opportunities for our partners and sponsors to build a meaningful and mutually beneficial relationship with BTWCSC. Event sponsors have the opportunity to reach thousands of San Franciscan’s including some of the most influential community, civic, and business.


Hear what San Francisco’s Former Mayor Willie Brown has to say about our upcoming 100th Anniversary Virtual Gala Celebration.

Rodney A. Fong is a native San Franciscan and a third generation operator/owner of the world famous Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf, where he had served as President.

He is also the President of Fong Real Estate Company, overseeing leasing and tenant concerns for the properties, such as the 100,000 square foot Wax Museum Entertainment Complex building in the heart of historic Fisherman’s Wharf and Broadway Apartments.

Rodney has been working in the tourism and hospitality business since he was a child. Early in his career, he was responsible for the daily operations and management technique at the Wax Museum, a world-renowned tourist attraction. He eventually made marketing his main focus, gradually learning the concepts, strategies and procedures of that profession. Rodney not only directed marketing activities for the enterprises, but also came to oversee all operational and management issues. He eventually managed the successful sale of the Wax Museum in 2013. Rodney still maintains ownership of the property and manages all leasing and property management activities.


Rodney has been active and held office in a wide variety of civic, tourist and travel related organizations including currently serving as the President of the San Francisco Planning Commission and also formerly served as President of the San Francisco Port Commission. In 2009 he became Chair of the San Francisco Travel Association and continues to serve on the Board of Directors. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the California Travel Industry Association, the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, Fort Mason, Fisherman’s Wharf Merchant’s Association, Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District (in which he was a founding member), Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, and the Bay Institute. Rodney is the Director of the Fong Family Foundation, a philanthropic organization created by his grandparents to benefit many worthwhile social services in the City, and was honored by the City and County of San Francisco as part of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month


Martin Luther McCoy is ready to help BTWCSC Celebrate 100 years of WORK. 

Martin Luther McCoy, a San Francisco Native will be sharing his soulful sound during our 100 Celebration. We are extremely honored to have him help in this celebration. Please watch the video by clicking the link below to hear more about his support of Booker T. Washington Community Center.

Regina Marsh the Executive Director of Booker T. Washington Community Service Center

is a visionary non-profit CEO/COO with 20+ years of transformational nonprofit leadership experience. Plays an instrumental role in reengineering the brand, culture, operations and profitability of two multi-million dollar non- profit organizations…not to mention the work of BTWCSC.

Regina brings leadership, values teamwork at Booker T. Washington, rewards hard work and doesn’t mind taking part in the work. She will continue to INSPIRE, NURTURE and EMPOWER the next generation of Bookatrians. Please support her efforts by purchasing a ticket to the 100 year Celebration Saturday, November 14, 2020, participating in the auction or making a donation today.

100 Anniversary Gala Chair Farah is a mother, a wife, a friend, and a board member here at Booker T. Washington Community Service Center.

Farah is passionate when it come to helping her community in any way possible. We are honored to have Farah as this years 100 Anniversary Gala Chair. Take a listen…