The National First Responders Fund was founded on the idea of becoming a trusted source of resources and assistance dedicated to every first responder with a touch-point to emergency incidents. From the dispatcher to every man or woman that is called to the scene, first responders are there for us on our worst day, and we vow to be there for them on theirs.

Joe was drawn to the cause of helping first responders early in his life. It wasn't until his service as a San Francisco Fire Commissioner did he truly understand the gaps in front-line services to our first responders throughout the State of California and nation-wide. Joe and his wife, Julie founded the organization with the help of Doug, Greg, John Christy, and hundreds of volunteers who were drawn to helping the dedicated men and women who've chosen the profession of being first responders. They're just a phone call away on our worst day and we need to be there for them on theirs. 


Joe has been exposed to first responders and their causes for over two decades. He began his career as a Reserve Police Officer at the San Francisco Police Department after graduating from the Los Angeles County Police Academy where he obtained his California Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T) certification. He then received another P.O.S.T certificate as the President of the 185th class of the San Francisco Police Academy. He served for nearly five years with the San Francisco District Attorney's Criminal Investigations Bureau culminating in his promotion to Senior Criminal Investigator. He was appointed as San Francisco Police Commissioner for a four-year term by Mayor Gavin Newsom. Joe served seven (7) years as an appointee of the California Senate to the California Criminal Justice Commission, advising then Governor Schwarzenegger on criminal justice policy and acting as a funding agency for federal criminal justice funds to the State of California. Joe currently serves on the California Senate's International Relations Foundation.

Additionally, he serves as Fire Commissioner to the San Francisco Fire Department as an appointee of the late Mayor of San Francisco, Edwin M. Lee.Joe received a Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco in 2000 and practices as a trial attorney and corporate/general counsel to small and mid-size companies.

As a San Francisco Firefighter, Greg was drawn to the cause of helping first responders through his own personal experiences. Greg is a co-founder of the San Francisco First Responder's Stair Climb event. Greg provides valuable insight to the team having been in the situation himself as a first responder seeking help. He joined the National First Responders Fund to help first responders who are suffering in silence. His goal is to help pull them out from the shadows and into the light to reclaim their lives. 


Greg is a first-generation San Franciscan born to immigrant parents that came from China who taught him hard work, gratitude, loyalty and the importance of community. Greg joined the San Francisco Fire Department in 2000 to fulfill his dream to assist people and serve them in their hour of greatest need. Through his exposure to on-the-job critical incidents, Greg sought out assistance to help him with post traumatic stress injuries (PTSI). It was here that Greg discovered major gaps in services to first responders suffering in silence from PTS. In 2009, Greg began organizing stair climbs as a way to raise awareness for firefighters who gave the ultimate sacrifice and those left behind from critical incidents. In the spring of 2017, Greg invited San Francisco Fire Commissioner, Joe Alioto Veronese to join him in climbing 1,197 stairs. It was there that the idea was born to create an organization to not only raise awareness, but to raise funds that could break down the barriers that directly impact the lives of first responders. Greg's fundraising efforts have benefitted many first responders and their families. Greg continues his work as a peer-supporter to first responders on their path to a better life.

Doug was drawn to the National First Responders Fund and supporting first responders when he was approached to help publicize the 2017 San Francisco Stair Climb. As Doug gained knowledge of the traumatic stress injuries first responders bear he knew he wanted to help provide support. First responders experience tragedies on a daily basis that the rest of us don't want to experience in our lifetime. The NFRF was formed to assist our heroes and help them navigate the path to the support they deserve for healing and thriving.


Doug Harvill has dedicated 29 years to a career in broadcast media, most recently the Senior Vice President and Market (General) Manager for CBS Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area including the flagship all-news radio station KCBS. Doug has a dynamic history of growing ratings and revenue in the broadcasting industry. He is skilled in driving revenue in traditional media as well as through unique sponsorship opportunities, digital platforms, concerts, events and experiences. He looks forward to bringing those skills to scaling the NFRF to a world-class organization serving our first responders. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

Carlye was part of a dedicated team from San Diego, CA that assisted the National First Responders Fund with our first San Francisco First Responders Stair Climb in 2017. Carlye fell fast in love with the work the NFRF is doing. Carlye currently serves as the Director of Development at FirefighterAid, a San Diego-based nonprofit that aids firefighters and their families in need. She is also the event coordinator for the San Diego 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb event. She sees a lot of the same parallels in San Diego and San Francisco when it comes to assisting first responders in their times of crisis and distress. Carlye is our cheerleader from afar.


Carlye graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with BA in Advertising and a minor in Photography. In 2015, Carlye attended the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy Fundraising Academy and graduated from their first ever cohort. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and volunteers at the San Diego National Philanthropy Day. Carlye continues to work her passion of assisting firefighters in San Diego and helps us when she has time. 

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