Ahsha Safaí

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Ahsha Safaí
Member of the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
from District 11
Assumed office
January 9, 2017
MayorEd Lee
Mark Farrell
London Breed
Preceded byJohn Avalos
Personal details
Born1973 (age 49–50)
Imperial State of Iran
Political partyDemocratic
Residence(s)San Francisco, California
Alma materNortheastern University (BA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MS)
WebsiteBoard of Supervisors
District 11 website

Ahsha Safaí (born 1973) is an American elected official in San Francisco, California. He serves as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing Supervisorial District 11.[1][2]

District 11 includes the neighborhoods of Excelsior, Ingleside, Oceanview, Merced Heights, Ingleside Heights, Mission Terrace, Outer Mission, Cayuga, and Crocker Amazon.

Early life, education and career[edit]

Safaí was born in Iran in 1973, and moved with his mother to Cambridge, Massachusetts at the age of five.[3] He attended Northeastern University, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science and African-American studies. He later went on to receive his master's degree in city planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).[4]

In San Francisco, Safaí served as political director for the janitors union local.[5]

San Francisco Board of Supervisors[edit]

In 2008, he ran for the District 11 seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors against John Avalos, losing by a close margin.[6] Safaí ran again in 2016, successfully, replacing Avalos who was termed out of office.[6] During the 2016 race, he ran against Kimberly Alvarenga; Safaí was endorsed by the San Francisco Chronicle.[5]

He worked with Dean Preston and Aaron Peskin to delay the construction of thousands of units in the Hub so that TODCO, a prominent anti-housing group in San Francisco, could perform a race and equity study on the project within six months.[7] More than two years later, TODCO had not begun the study and the group said it had no intent to do so.[8]

In 2021, Safaí said he would oppose the building of modular housing for the homeless in San Francisco unless it used labor from San Francisco; a Vallejo company had up until then provided modular housing complexes faster and cheaper than other companies could.[9]

In 2021, Safaí supported a proposal by Mayor London Breed to streamline housing production in San Francisco.[10]

In April 2022, Safaí voted against keeping cars off the east end of John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park. The ordinance passed 7-4.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Safaí, his wife Yadira, and their children live in San Francisco's Excelsior District.[4]


  1. ^ "District 11 | Board of Supervisors". sfbos.org.
  2. ^ Saleem, Sana (January 31, 2017). "Sup. Ahsha Safaí introduces resolution against Trump's so-called Muslim Ban". 48 Hills. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  3. ^ "Candidate San Francisco Board of Supervisors – District 11". Iranian American Political Action Committee.
  4. ^ a b "About". Ahsha Safaí for District 11 Supervisor. Archived from the original on June 10, 2019. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Chronicle endorses Ahsha Safaí for SF District 11 supervisor". San Francisco Chronicle. September 16, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "The Union Workhorse – Ahsha Safai, Excelsior". Bay City Beacon. January 3, 2017. Retrieved March 25, 2017.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Knight, Heather (November 6, 2021). "S.F. Supervisor Dean Preston invited YIMBYs to look at his housing record. They panned it". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved November 6, 2021.
  8. ^ Knight, Heather (August 31, 2022). "The latest S.F. housing failure: Thousands of units delayed for a study that never happened". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved August 31, 2022.
  9. ^ Knight, Heather (March 20, 2021). "S.F. finds a way to build homeless housing cheaper and faster. A powerful opponent is fighting it". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  10. ^ Dineen, J. K. (December 16, 2021). "Mayor Breed wants to streamline housing production, but will S.F. supervisors approve it?". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 16, 2021.
  11. ^ Morris, J. D. (April 26, 2022). "Golden Gate Park's JFK Drive will stay permanently car-free after S.F. supes vote following marathon meeting". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved April 27, 2022.

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