San Francisco Dental Society Political Action Committee

About San Francisco Dental Society Politcal Action Committee (San FRAN-D-PAC)

The SFDS PAC is the nonpartisan political action committee of the San Francisco Dental Society. San FRAN-D-PAC's mission is to support candidates and legislators who understand and embrace SFDS' philosophy, goals and vision for dentistry,oral health care, and the challenges of operating small businesses. San Fran-D-PAC is managed by a Board of Directors consisting of four officers and six to eleven Board members. Each January 1, the President, Immediate Past President and Legislative Chair of the SFDS join the PAC Board.


San Francisco Dental PAC Leadership

Irene Hilton, DDS, MPH - Chair
Thomas Jacobs, DDS - Vice-Chair
Donna Hurowitz, DDS - Secretary
David Shen, DMD - Treasurer
Gail Duffala, DDS     
Joseph Gabany, DMD, MSD
Claudia, Masouredis, DDS, MPH
Dennis Song, DDS, MD
Fredric Warren, DDS, MSD
Matt Young, DDS

Why Contribute to San FRAN-D-PAC?

Dentists have never been more vulnerable. Health care in California is highly regulated and legislated. As government and the insurance industry continue their quest to control oral health care, your clinical autonomy is in jeopardy. Now more than ever, you need to fight to keep dental decisions in your well-trained hands. Dentistry continues to face big challenges from budget deficits, implementation of health care reform, and attacks on MICRA and Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal. At the same time, patients and members face multiple risks from the economy, the insurance industry, and the health care delivery system. The voice of dentistry must be heard on these issues.

Small business owners in California, and especially in San Francisco, face inumerable regulatory challenges (i.e. Sick Leave Ordinace, Wastewater Permits, etc.).  SFDS PAC is an essential and critical part of SFDS’ legislative and political advocacy efforts, because it provides dentists a tangible means to support candidates who share our goals at the local and state levels. We are the voice of San Francisco dentists, and we need your support.

What Does the SFDS PAC Do?

San-FRAN-D-PAC makes direct contributions to pro-dentistry, pro-small business candidates seeking election to public offices in San Francisco, California state legislature, and some select statewide offices. But PAC activities involve more than just making political contributions to candidates. We strive to educate dentists about the political process, and to help them become effective players in the political arena. SFDS PAC provides interested members with advice on organizing local events for legislative candidates, by collaborating with the SFDS Legislative Committee.  And through support of and participation on the SFDS Legislative Committee, members meet with legislators to discuss issues important to San Francisco dentists. 

What the SF PAC cannot do

The SF PAC cannot provide direct support/contributions toward issues or initiatives...only candidates.  

How Do I Contribute to the SFDS PAC?

Take part in our growing advocacy movement and help strengthen our political voice. There are several ways to make a contribution to the SFDS PAC:

  • Include a donation to SFDS PAC with your annual CDA membership dues invoice; renewal notices are mailed out in November each year

  • Contact SFDS at (415) 928-7337 to make a donation via phone

Membership is $40.  Contributions are not deductible for state or federal income tax purposes. 

Time Requirements

Two (2) to four (4) meetings per year; a willingness to meet with candidates or legislators; occasional phone calls, letters or attendance at a fund-raising event. 

Join Now

You are essential to the success of the Society’s legislative and political advocacy. As a member of San Fran-D-PAC, you can make the difference.  Questions?   Please direct inquiries about the SFDS PAC to info@SFDS.org and a member of the PAC leadership will respond or call (415) 928-7337.  

Constitution & Bylaws of San Francisco Dental Society Political Action Committee (click here)