Bevan Dufty was first elected to the BART Board of Directors in November 2016 and reelected in 2020. Director Dufty represents the 9th District, which includes portions of San Francisco. Director Dufty served as President of the Board in 2019.
Bevan’s 40-year public service career began in 1976 when he joined the staff of legendary Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm (D-NY), the first African American woman elected to Congress and 1972 Presidential candidate.
Bevan then became Chief Legislative Assistant to freshman Rep. Julian Dixon (D-CA) in 1979. Dixon served on the House Appropriations Committee and led the effort to fund the Metro Red Line, returning rail transit to Los Angeles. Over the next eight years, Bevan coordinated the Southern California delegation’s efforts to appropriate Metro Rail funding and then served from 1989-1993 leading all federal affairs for the LA Metro agencies.
In 1993, Bevan returned to the Bay Area (he graduated from Menlo-Atherton H.S. and UC Berkeley) and helped his friend, Susan Leal, win appointment to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. This began a 23-year City Hall career, including Legislative Aide to Supervisor Leal, Director of Neighborhood Services for Mayor Willie Brown, and his election to the Board of Supervisors for two terms (2002-2011) representing District 8.
From 2012-2015, Bevan served as Director of HOPE for the City and Mayor Lee, to innovate the City’s response to homelessness and he established the new Navigation Center model and helped lead the effort that has housed over 500 formerly homeless veterans in San Francisco.