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ShaperTalk with Nicholas Josefowitz (BART Board Member)

On July 13, San Francisco Global Shapers hosted Nicholas Josefowitz for a ShaperTalk at WeWork.

Nick Josefowitz was elected to the BART Board on November 4, 2014. Director Josefowitz represents District 8, which includes portions of San Francisco.

Nicholas launched RenGen Energy, a company that developed and built renewable energy power plants. Nicholas quickly grew the business, building over $100m of solar power plants and providing thousands of homes and businesses clean electricity. He worked closely with communities and local governments to create consensus and generate well-paying local jobs.

A lifelong Democrat, Nicholas has been fighting for a just and sustainable future ever since he first knocked on doors for John Kerry’s presidential campaign in college. He was appointed by Mayor Ed Lee to the San Francisco’s Environment Commission, and helped bring low-cost loans to San Franciscans looking to upgrade their homes to make them more comfortable and energy efficient. Nicholas has pressured the city to plan for significantly improved speed, reliability and frequency of buses on Geary Blvd, and co-authored an influential review of Caltrans, the state transportation agency, which identified structural issues in the organization that encouraged urban sprawl and led to poor performance. The report spurred much needed action in Sacramento.

Nicholas’s commitment to world-class public transportation is grounded in his family, and his community. He volunteers with numerous non-profit and community groups -- serving on the board of the Jewish Community Relations Council, the California League of Conservation Voters and as the founder of Leadership For a Clean Economy.

Nicholas graduated from Harvard. He lives in Pacific Heights with his wife Tali, whom he met in college. In their spare time they like exploring the city on foot, and cooking for each other and friends.