District Attorney to Honor Zero Divide CEO Tessie Guillermo for Women’s History Month

March 19, 2013

Contact: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167 or (415) 740-5134
ADA Alex Bastian, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1931

SAN FRANCISO - San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón will join the Commission and the Department on the Status of Women for their 9th annual Women’s History Month Awards Reception to honor Tessie Guillermo, President and CEO of Zero Divide. The ceremony is being held today at 5:30pm at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, 525 Golden Gate Avenue. The theme this year is “Women inspiring innovation through imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.” Tessie is one of 13 Amazing Women Nominees awarded by Mayor Edwin M. Lee, District Attorney George Gascón, and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

“Tessie Guillermo is an incredible woman who embodies the word innovation,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “In a high tech city like San Francisco, it’s hard to imagine communities with limited access to the internet. Tessie’s groundbreaking work with ZeroDivide bridges underserved communities with economic and internet access.”

A community leader who has devoted her life to helping those who need it most, Tessie Guillermo is a well renowned expert in the areas of health, human services, economic and community development. She has worked for every major health organization in the field, including Asian Health Services and the Asian Pacific Health Forum, which she co-founded and served as President for over a decade. She is a respected community leader in the Asian American community and was influential in the passage of the API Health Improvement Act of 1990 and the 2010 Healthy People Initiative. Currently, Tessie is the President and CEO of ZeroDivide, an organization working to transform underserved communities through the strategic use of technology in ways that increase economic opportunity, civic engagement and healthy outcomes.
In San Francisco, ZeroDivide has provided funding for several community organizations including YO! Youth Outlook, an award-winning publication featuring articles, essays, comic strips and poetry by Bay Area youth.

“Nationally recognized as Women's History Month, March is dedicated to honoring the extraordinary women in our lives and in our communities,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “This award is our way of showing appreciation to female leaders who have gone above and beyond.”

The ceremony is presented by the Commission and the Department on the Status of Women and sponsored by: South West Airlines, CH2M Hill, and Friends of the Commission and the Department on the Status of Women.

For more information on ZeroDivide, go to www.zerodivide.org.