Josephine Ayankoya (she/her) is Race, Equity, and Inclusion (REI) Officer for the SFMTA. As REI Officer, Josephine directs ongoing change management and evaluation processes to advance racial equity in our workforce and in the community.
Taking a comprehensive and intersectional approach, she identifies policies, practices, and procedures to center equity across the SFMTA’s workstreams. Josephine collaborates with our senior management team to implement and assess efforts to operationalize equity at the agency by mitigating the impacts of racism and intersecting disparities rooted in oppression.
Josephine’s skills are refined by six years of professional experience in developing and directing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs that have engaged thousands of people around the world. Additionally, she has 10 years of leadership in creating innovative cultural engagement, education, health, housing, and enrichment programs in African Diasporic, African American, LGBTQ, unhoused, Latinx, and other marginalized communities. She has robust experience in DEI, and an enthusiastic vision for leading the SFMTA’s racial equity strategy.
Josephine has been a member of the city family since 2016. Most recently, she served as the Acting Director for the Office of Equity, Social Justice, and Multicultural Education — now known as the Office of Equity and Workforce Development — in the Behavioral Health Services section of San Francisco’s Department of Public Health. During the public health emergency, Josephine has been activated within the San Francisco COVID-19 Command Center’s Information and Guidance team as the Equity Lead. With a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies and a Master’s in Public Health, she brings professional, educational, and lived experience that make her a tremendous asset to the SFMTA.