34 Years of Exceptional Award-winning Public Service:

Administrator, Safety Security Risk Expert & Analyst building the industry-leading City and County of San Francisco International Airport into an economic powerhouse creating 300,000 jobs & $62.5 billion in business sales annually (1987-2018);

Department Head Assistant & Aging Specialist reorganizing the City and County of San Francisco Aging Commission into a model city department (1981-1984).

Prior Impactful Leadership Positions:

  • 2021 Most Qualified California Gubernatorial Democratic Candidate;
  • 2019 Democratic Party Runner-up for San Francisco Mayor;
  • City and County of San Francisco Environmental Commissioner;
  • President, Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods;
  • Executive Board Member, Service Employees International Union (790);
  • Environmental Justice Pioneer;
  • Nationally-known Successful Community Organizer.
  • 50 Years of Activism & Accomplishments:

  • Organized the winning coalition that passed the most restrictive commercial office highrise growth control law in the nation;
  • Started term-limits for politicians on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors;
  • Defeated corporate welfare sports facilities promoted by the superrich;
  • Headed the public power movement in San Francisco;
  • Testified before Congress against privatization of national parks;
  • Led the effort to close the last two fossil-fueled burning power plants in San Francisco;
  • Crafted open government law;
  • Drafted detailed plan to cleanup radioactive-contaminated closed military bases;
  • Adopted the first landmark City and County of San Francisco Sustainability Plan.
  • Media Characterizations:


    Family & Education:

    Son of extraordinary mother & Italian American science teacher;

    Married Asian American immigrant;

    Step-grandfather to African Americans, Cambodian Americans & Filipino Americans;

    Related to signers of the Declaration of Independence & Constitution;


    Master in Public Administration, University of San Francisco.

    Paid for by Joel Ventresca for California Governor 2022. FPPC# 1443383.