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Janet Tarlov Joins SFMTA Board of Directors

Friday, February 9, 2024

New SFMTA Board Director Janet Tarlov participates in a nomination ceremony with San Francisco Mayor London Breed. San Francisco Mayor London Breed swearing in Janet Tarlov as a new member of the SFMTA Board of Directors.

The SFMTA is excited to welcome Janet Tarlov, a longtime small business owner, to its Board of Directors. Tarlov was nominated by Mayor London Breed in November. The Board of Supervisors voted to approve her appointment on Jan. 23.  

Tarlov currently serves as the president of the Glen Park Merchants Association. Previously, she was vice president of the San Francisco Council of District Merchants Associations, which advocates for measures to improve the business climate in the city. Her work with the merchants associations and her experience running a small business have deepened her understanding of the many challenges businesses in San Francisco face.  

Tarlov and her husband, Richard, founded Glen Park’s popular Canyon Market in 2006. They operated it for 16 years before selling it to Gus’s Community Markets in 2022. At the time of her nomination, Tarlov said running a small business in transit-rich Glen Park will inform her work on the SFMTA Board of Directors.  

Before opening Canyon Market, Tarlov managed procurement and distribution for independent food stores. A Pennsylvania native, Tarlov graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio. She currently lives in Eureka Valley. 

SFMTA Boad of Directors 

The SFMTA is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors who are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. The SFMTA Board of Directors provides policy oversight in accordance with the San Francisco Charter and the Transit-First Policy and serves as members of the San Francisco Parking Authority. The SFMTA Board of Directors generally meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. Meetings are open to everyone and are streamed live through SFGovTV. Additional information such as agendas, resolutions and legislation passed by the Board can be accessed at SFMTA Board page (