A first generation American of Iranian descent,
Safai was born in
A strong believer in public service and community involvement, Safai has extensive experience working at all levels of government - federal, state, and local. His calling in public service began while attending college and working as an aide to Cambridge City Councilor William Walsh. Later, he moved on to work in the Massachusetts Legislature. In 1995, Safai accepted a position with the Clinton Administration as an assistant to the Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs & Liaison to Native Americans.
After graduating from MIT, Safai moved to
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
Safai believes that real change begins at the
local level. He views public safety, education, and concerns over matters such
as garbage clean up and parking as the key issues affecting the 11th District of
Safai is determined to improve the quality of life for working families in District 11 and would like to see a significant increase in city services for his district.
"I will no longer allow District 11 to be the forgotten district of San Francisco," Safai said at his campaign kick-off rally. "As Supervisor, I will fight for our fair share of resources in combating crime, improving our schools, and cleaning up our parks and streets."
Safai has amassed an impressive list of endorsements, including Mayor Newsome. If successful, he will become the second Iranian American elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, possibly serving along side District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who was elected in November 2004 and is up for re-election in 2008.
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