New BART Director Nick Josefowitz was sworn in to office Thursday during a regular meeting of the agency's board.
Josefowitz represents District 8, which includes parts of the Balboa Park, Embarcadero and Montgomery station coverage areas. The BART board of directors has nine elected members representing different regions BART serves. Josefowitz was sworn in by Supervisor Scott Wiener at Josefowitz's request due to Wiener's political focus on improving regional transit.
In the private sector, Josefowitz launched a solar company called RenGen Energy which built over $100 million worth of solar power plants, according to his public profile on BART's website. Josefowitz is a Democrat appointed by Mayor Ed Lee to San Francisco's Environment Commission.
In the last election, Josefowitz defeated 24-year incumbent James Fang, a Republican. The campaign was widely regarded as particularly nasty, with the politically connected Fang at one point launching a website slamming Josefowitz as a “millionaire carpetbagger.”
In the end, Josefowitz garnered 51 percent of the vote to Fang's 41 percent.
“I fought a tough campaign,” Josefowitz told The San Francisco Examiner. “I'm excited to bring that same level of energy and commitment to solving our toughest transportation challenges.”
Josefowitz was swept into office following promises of new late-night BART service, fixing perpetually broken station escalators and building below-market-rate housing near stations.
“Now,” Josefowitz said, “is when the hard work begins.”
Here's a tweet from the swearing in-
— Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) December 18, 2014