Candidate San Francisco Board of Supervisors - District 11
****Endorsement only as Safai's campaign is not accepting PAC contributions*****
A first generation American of Iranian descent, Safai was born in Iran in 1973. At the age of five, Safai moved with his mother to Cambridge, Massachusetts. He received his bachelor's degree in African American Studies and Political Science from North Eastern University and his master's degree in Urban Studies and City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
After graduating from MIT, Safai moved to San Francisco, taking a position with the city's Housing Authority. In 2003, he joined Gavin Newsom's campaign for Mayor and later served as the Deputy Director for the Mayor's Office of Community Development and in the San Francisco Department of Public Works. Safai's many accomplishments include spearheading a project to build a community youth center, championing legislation to help immigrant families remain in public housing, and directing over $25 million in federal grants towards low-to moderate-income communities and overall neighborhood revitalization.
Since moving to San Francisco, Safai has encouraged Iranian Americans to get involved in local politics and pursue a career in public service. As a field operator for Newsom's first mayoral campaign, Safai organized a meeting between Iranian Americans and the candidate. As a result, the Mayor continues to meet with Iranian Americans at least once a year."
Safai is seeking to replace District 11 Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval, whose term expires in January of 2009. He has amassed an impressive list of endorsements, including Mayor Newsom.
Occupation: Community organizer
Prev. Occupation: Deputy Director for the Mayor's Office of Community Development
Education: BA North Eastern University; MA Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)