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City of San FranciscoCandidate for Member, Community College Board

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John Rizzo

151,356 votes (24.11%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Making Free City College permanent. I helped create free tuition for San Franciscans, but it expires at the end of this school year. I'm now working with the Board of Supervisors to extend this permanent program permanently.
  • Building housing for students and teachers. City College current offers no housing, but we do serve homeless students. Largely due to a resolution I co-authored, we are on track to build 500 beds of student housing and up to 200 units for teachers.
  • Growing City College for the future. I am the lead proponent of building a Performing Arts and Education Center, and am working on a 10-year facilities plan for new classrooms and renovated college buildings. I am also working to grow enrollment.



Profession:College Board Trustee, Incumbent
Trustee, City College of San Francisco — Elected position (2007–current)
Member, Executive Committee, Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter — Elected position (2012–current)
Member, Board of Directors, Golden Gate Park Concourse Authority — Appointed position (1999–2009)


Rutgers University Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering (current)

Community Activities

Political Chair, Sierra Club (2012–current)


John Rizzo was the first member of his family to attend college. He worked as an engineer for a number of years before becoming a technology journalist and author of 14 books. 

In 1999, John was appointed by the mayor to server on the Golden Gate Park Concourse authority, which oversaw a number of improvements in the Park, including the creation of bike lanes, widening pedestrian sidewalks, and building an underground parking garage.

John has been a Sierra Club activist since 1998, focusing on advocacy for green energy and climate change solutions.

As a member of the Community College Board at City College, John created the College's first local hire policy, led the effort to make the College a smoke-free environment, and steered the reform effort after several administrators were accused of corruption. John also co-authored the College's Sustainability Plan.

John served as President for three-years in a row and steered the college through the accreditation crisis. The San Francisco Chronicle calls John a "fiscal hawk" for his strenuous oversight of the college adminstration, but John feels that City College has a major role in promoting social justice in its mission. He successfully worked to make City College tuition free, which has opened doors for more students to acheive their dream of an education. 

John is now working on building the first housing at City College for students, teachers and staff. And because of his advocacy at the Board, the College is building a much-needed Performing Arts and Education Center, which will not only serve City College students, but the San Francisco arts groups that are being pushed out of the city. 

Videos (2)

— October 11, 2018 Committee to Re-Elect John Rizzo for Community College Board 2018
The Team that Saved City College — October 11, 2018 Committee to Re-Elect John Rizzo for Community College Board 2018

Trustees John Rizzo and Brigitte Davila helped save City College during the acreditation crisis. Then they made City College tuition free. Now they are working to build City College for the future.

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