Mayor taps transit veteran for appointment to SFMTA Board 

Over two months after the seats became vacant, Mayor Gavin Newsom has announced the appointment for one of the two available positions on the Municipal Transportation Agency’s Board of Directors.

Newsom has tapped Cheryl Brinkman, a transit advocate who has experience in an array of non-profit organizations. The current board president of Livable City, a planning organization, Brinkman is also a member of the San Francisco Bike Coalition and the Sunday Streets Steering Committee.

Along with her activism credentials, Brinkman is also a regular Muni rider, often travelling on the N-Judah and the 22-Fillmore, according to a release issued by the Mayor’s Office.

“Cheryl Brinkman will bring valuable experience and insight as a regular transit rider and transit advocate to the SFMTA Board,” said Newsom. “She’s the kind of person whose ideas and commitment to improving our public transit system we were hoping for when we initiated the public appointment process and I’m confident she will make valuable contributions to the SFMTA Board.”

According to the mayor, dozens of residents applied for the vacant positions left open by the departures of Shirley Black and James McCray, both of whom termed out on May 1. To be considered for appointment, applicants needed only to be a San Francisco resident and a regular Muni rider.

The Board of Supervisors will review the nomination and has the option of rejecting the Brinkman’s appointment. Newsom did not indicate when he’ll make his second appointment to the SFMTA Board, which governs The City’s $750 million transit agency.

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