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San Francisco Transit Riders is fighting for an excellent, affordable, and growing public transit system. We need excellent service that connects all neighborhoods. We need transit that provides equitable access to resources, opportunities, and each other.
Public transit is one of the most affordable ways to get around – we need to make sure it’s accessible for everyone. We need to continually grow public transit so it can serve more riders, more areas, more times of day, more often, and free more people from being dependent on cars.
Public transit is essential to our sustainable future. Muni has served 750,000 riders daily while contributing less than 1% of the city’s greenhouse gases. While Muni itself is one of the greenest transit systems in the country, meeting the city’s climate goals means Muni needs to be the first transportation choice for many more San Franciscans.
Public transit also has the potential to make streets safer, improve our air quality, reduce traffic congestion, and allow more people to access businesses, schools, and jobs. We’re fighting for a public transit system that can live up to its potential and serve us all.
Become a member, join our community, and help us build the future of public transit in San Francisco!
Who We Are
Mark Cordes, Executive Director
Before coming to SFTR, Mark served as a minister around the Bay Area, including working with diverse stakeholders on infill development projects to serve local communities. Mark also had a career as a chef, general manager, and restaurant entrepreneur. He’s passionate about equity and access for all, and is excited to take on the challenge of fighting for transit riders across San Francisco. Mark primarily rides the N, 28, and 7, and wishes there was a better transit connection to his son’s school in the Mission from home in the Sunset district.
Cat Carter, Operations & Communications
Cat has worked with San Francisco Transit Riders variously as event organizer, Membership Manager, Communications Manager, and Interim Executive Director. Cat’s prior career was as General Manager of the Hotel Utah Saloon in South of Market – she is very familiar with the challenges small merchants face in San Francisco, including around parking, transit, and surviving infrastructure upgrades. Cat primarily rides the 14 and 14R, and wishes regional transit could better connect her with friends and family from Santa Rosa to Fremont.
Zack Deutsch-Gross, Campaigns & Membership
Zack grew up riding the 48 from one end of SF to the other and still remembers when youth fares were 35¢. Prior to SFTR, Zack ran organizing campaigns across the country, most recently directing the field program for Global Zero, a group working to reduce the threat of nuclear war. Zack is excited to be back in his hometown building the people power needed to advocate for better transit for all. Zack holds a Bachelors degree in Community Studies from UC Santa Cruz and a Masters in Public Policy from UC Berkeley. In his free time, he leads backpacking trips for the Sierra Club and is an avid soccer player and fan. Zack now resides in the Ingleside, with easy access to light rail, bus lines, and BART
Eric Chan, Community Organizer
Eric was born and raised in San Francisco’s Excelsior district and regularly rode public transit from a young age – special shout out to the 43! Eric holds a degree in environmental biology from U.C. Berkeley and has worked in environmental advocacy with a focus on social justice. He interned at S.F. Environment’s Transportation Team and The Sierra Club, promoting sustainable methods of transportation and strengthening equity and inclusion practices in the environmental movement. Eric splits his time between organizing transit riders, working with the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, and pursuing a master’s degree in Public Health.
B-Rod, Community Organizer
B-Rod lives in the Outer Sunset with no car and relies on public transit, especially the L Taraval, to get around. As a community organizer they help the San Francisco Transit Riders carry out their mission to create a more equitable transit system that centers the voice of riders and prioritizes transit.
B-Rod graduated from UC Berkeley with a Political Science degree in May 2020. Outside of work they enjoy taking time to play videogames with friends, visiting the city’s public libraries, and napping.
Grace Pang, Community Organizer
Grace is a former SFUSD student and current senior at San José State University. They first got involved in San Francisco civic affairs their freshman year of high school through the CORO program where Grace helped to execute the “Go Green Generation” project. This helped to launch a passion for community engagement, environmental action, social equity and student organizing. Grace believes in transit advocacy because they have relied on public transit for school, work and access to basic needs and services. In their spare time, Grace serves as the Social Media editor for SJSU’s newspaper, The Spartan Daily.
Sarah Quinones, Community Organizer
As a native to the Mission District, Sarah has been a life-long Muni rider who has fond memories of riding the 33, J, and 14 across the city. Whether visiting friends, getting to school, or exploring the best parks and beaches in San Francisco, Muni has always been her preferred mode of transportation. Before joining SFTR, Sarah interned for various local political campaigns and with elected officials at City Hall. She is excited to be pivoting towards doing more grassroots organizing, and looks forward to building a strong SFTR presence in D9. In her free time you can find Sarah running and biking San Francisco’s many hills.
SF Transit Riders Board of Directors
San Francisco Transit Riders
P.O. Box 193341, San Francisco, CA 94119
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