|Member of the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
from District 11
January 9, 2017
|Born||1973 (age 44-45)
|Residence||San Francisco, California|
|Alma mater||Northeastern University (BA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MS)
|Website||Board of Supervisors
District 11 website
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.