Jocelyn Kane retired as the Executive Director of the San Francisco Entertainment Commission in September 2017 after 14 years in the department. The SFEC is charged with ensuring the health and vitality of indoor and outdoor entertainment venues in the City. Along with daily regulatory concerns, her most current policy work included the first legislative protections for nightlife businesses from new residential and hotel construction in the US, and ongoing improvements to SF Bay Area late night/early morning transit which impacts workforces and patrons of nightlife. In addition, Jocelyn achieved two economic impact studies regarding both nightlife and outdoor events, which improved the political will to hire an industry specific person in the Mayors Economic Development Office, and a new position to improve outdoor cultural events. In addition, she was responsible for legislation improving city codes, cultural preservation strategy work for the LGBTQ community citywide, and major improvements to the City’s Sound OrdinancesJocelyn was formally appointed to be Executive Director by then Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2011.
Jocelyn is an excellent public speaker. She has been invited to speak at countless conferences and panels worldwide on responsible nightlife regulation and Music Cities policy and is considered a thought-leader in those policy areas. Most recent engagements include UK, Australia, Canada, and the United States.
Jocelyn also has a rich background in the music business, includes talent buying, promoting, agency, management, and festival producer. She worked For Gibson Musical Instruments as an Entertainment Relations Consultant, currently is co-producing the Nitey Awards, San Francisco’s annual nightlife awards show taking place in Feb 2018 for its sixth year.
Based in Palm Springs, CA and working around the state, Jocelyn is a consultant for both the nightlife and cannabis industries. For cannabis clients, she helps clients navigate the complex and changing local and state regulations, manage the permitting processes, work with neighbors and stakeholders, establish permitted facilities, and grow their businesses. For nightlife clients, she can work with or for government agencies to address quality of life issues, public safety, sound complaints, and the creation of vibrant nightlife areas.
Masters of Public Policy and Administration, School of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University, New York, NY
Bachelor of Arts 1987, Urban Policy and Education, Barnard College of Columbia University, New York, NY