Joe Sangirardi

BART Board of Directors (Bay Area Rapid Transit), District 9

Joe will be an important voice for equality on the BART Board of Directors!


Joe is a LGBTQ activist and professional non-profit and political fundraiser. Joe is passionate about climate change, housing affordability, public transit, LGBTQ+ equality, and “good government.” He loves his neighborhood, the Castro, and is deeply involved in service to his community. Joe serves as the Vice President for the Castro’s neighborhood association, the Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association and serves as Membership Co-Chair for the Alice B. Toklas LGBTQ Democratic Club. He also serves on the Retail Strategy Committee for the Castro Community Benefit District, working to help fill the commercial vacancies across the Castro neighborhood. Joe is an avid cyclist and participated in AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545 miles bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, in 2022 and 2023 as a cyclist and in 2023 earned a spot as a “Top 50” fundraiser out of over 2,700 ALC participants. Joe is the founder and former president of his alma mater’s LGBTQ Alumni Club at the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a BA in Letters with a concentration in US Constitutional Studies and minors in botany and philosophy. In 2021, Joe earned a certificate in Nonprofit Financial Management from Harvard’s Kennedy School and in 2023, Joe became certified for San Francisco’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT), SF’s trained volunteer team of citizens who help manage the City’s community-led response during large-scale natural disasters. Joe currently serves as the Development Director for California YIMBY, California’s statewide housing reform advocacy and research organization and previously worked at the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, and the LGBTQ Victory Fund, a national organization dedicated to electing queer candidates to office. Joe was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and he and his husband love living in their chosen home of the Castro, one of the world’s most iconic and vibrant LGBTQ+ neighborhoods.