|Member of the|
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
from District 11
|Assumed office |
January 9, 2017
|Preceded by||John Avalos|
|Born||1973 (age 47–48)|
|Residence||San Francisco, California|
|Alma mater||Northeastern University (BA)|
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MS)
|Website||Board of Supervisors|
District 11 website
Early life, education and career
Safaí was born in Iran in 1973, and moved with his mother to Cambridge, Massachusetts at the age of five. 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).
In San Francisco, Safaí served as political director for the janitors union local. In 2008, he ran for the District 11 seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors against John Avalos, losing by a close margin. Safaí ran again in 2016, successfully, replacing Avalos who was termed out of office. During the 2016 race, he ran against Kimberly Alvarenga; Safaí was endorsed by the San Francisco Chronicle.
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.
- "District 11 | Board of Supervisors". sfbos.org.
- Saleem, Sana (January 31, 2017). "Sup. Ahsha Safaí introduces resolution against Trump's so-called Muslim Ban". 48 Hills. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
- "Candidate San Francisco Board of Supervisors – District 11". Iranian American Political Action Committee.
- "About". Ahsha Safaí for District 11 Supervisor.
- "Chronicle endorses Ahsha Safaí for SF District 11 supervisor". San Francisco Chronicle. September 16, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
- "The Union Workhorse – Ahsha Safai, Excelsior". Bay City Beacon. January 3, 2017. Retrieved March 25, 2017.[permanent dead link]
- 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.
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