The Government Affairs Division is responsible for coordinating, developing, advancing and monitoring the SFMTA’s legislative and policy interests at the local, state and federal levels. The division also includes Regulatory Affairs responsibilities. The Government Affairs Division works to ensure that a supportive policy and regulatory environment exists to advance the capital project and policy priorities of the Agency. Staff is responsible for development and advocacy of the Agency's annual legislative program; reviewing and monitoring legislation to evaluate impacts on the SFMTA; crafting and advocating for policy positions on pending legislation; and educating elected officials and key stakeholders and others about the SFMTA’s project and policy priorities.
The Government Affairs team maintains an active presence at all levels of government to ensure that SFMTA's interests are well represented in these various forums. Government Affairs accomplishes this goal by:
- Establishing and maintaining productive relations with elected officials and their staff.
- Establishing and maintaining working relationships with legislative bodies and departments at the federal, state, regional and local levels including the Federal Transit Administration, California Transportation Commission, California Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.
- Coordinating the development and advocacy of SFMTA's state, federal and local legislative platforms.
- Reviewing, tracking, analyzing, and coordinating advocacy efforts on legislation and regulatory proposals impacting SFMTA.
Regulatory Affairs ensures Agency compliance with federal, state and local ordinances and regulations and serves as staff liaison to FTA Region IX. Staff also oversees federal, state and local audits and reviews.